School of Music Faculty Member Dr. Carolyn Totaro and her colleagues in the Tennessee Valley Music Festival Quintet tied for second place in the professional division of The American Prize Chamber Music Performance, 2020-21. Totaro has taught at the Tennessee Valley Music Festival since 2009 and has played with the same woodwind quintet for more than 12 years.
The Tennessee Valley Music Festival Woodwind Quintet is the resident faculty woodwind quintet of the Tennessee Valley Music Festival. The current members of the group have worked together for more than 10 years returning each summer to Huntsville, Alabama to coach chamber music and lead woodwind masterclasses as well as serve as the principal winds for the festival orchestra. In that time, the group has given numerous world premieres and assisted with the Tennessee Valley Music Festival Young Composers’ Forum by giving feedback on composers’ works as well as tips on how to write effectively for their respective instruments.