Pellissippi State concert showcases top student performers

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The annual Student Honors Recital at Pellissippi State Community College features only the best student performers taking private instruction in voice or instrument. Members of the community are invited to the March 5 recital. The event is free, as is parking.

Each of 18 selected musicians will perform one piece, with musical styles ranging from bluegrass to classical. Selection by a panel of Pellissippi State faculty members is based on the talent and skill level of the students, as well as on the students’ academic achievement in traditional courses.

Singers will be accompanied by pianists performing on Steinway pianos, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All Steinway School. The Pellissippi State Foundation conducted the All Steinway School fundraising campaign in order to elevate the college’s Music program to world-class status. Pellissippi State now boasts 13 Steinway pianos in studios, practice rooms and performance venues.

Many of Pellissippi State’s performers are pursuing the college’s new two-year Associate of Fine Arts degree, concentrating in Music. All credits will transfer to other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions—Pellissippi State is a member of the TBR system—and the University of Tennessee as part of the statewide Tennessee Transfer Pathways program.

Some of the evening’s performers are also recipients of Music scholarships. The Pellissippi State Foundation awarded 136 music-related scholarships to 57 Pellissippi State students this academic year.

Auditions for students who will be enrolled at Pellissippi State during the fall 2013 semester and who are interested in pursuing a Music scholarship take place on March 28 and April 4 at the Hardin Valley Campus.

Scholarships are open to Music and non-Music students. Audition times can be scheduled by calling (865) 539-7178.

The student recital is part of the 2012-13 Pellissippi State Music Concert Series, one component of Pellissippi State’s arts series, “The Arts at Pellissippi State.” The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

Like all events in the series, admission to the Student Honors Recital is free. However, donations are accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

The March 5 performance begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley Campus.

For additional information about the Pellissippi State Music Concert Series or The Arts at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance.