Mark Volker, Belmont’s coordinator of composition and a School of Music professor, was named 2011’s Tennessee Music Teachers’ Association Composer of the Year. Volker was chosen by a committee that worked with the theory-composition chairman after professors were nominated by their local associations. Following the nomination the committee receives a submission of scores, a tape and other information on the candidate.
The selection process is made on the basis of excellence by the composer and contributions to musical composition throughout Tennessee. The award includes a commission to compose a piece for the Tennessee Music Teachers’ Association convention held next summer and consideration for the national composer of the year award.