Dr. William Yelverton

MTSU MUSIC Department
PO box 47
Murfreesboro, TN 37132



Doctor of Music Degree in Guitar Performance
Florida State University School of Music, 1990.
Guitar Studies with Bruce Holzman.
Early Music Studies with Jeffery Kite-Powell
Baroque Performance Practice Studies with Karyl Louwenaar.
Dissertation: Guitar Transcriptions of Baroque Keyboard Music

Master of Music Degree in Guitar Performance
University of Miami School of Music, 1985
Guitar Studies with Juan Mercadal.
Baroque Performance Practice Studies with Frank Cooper

Bachelor of Music Degree in Composition
Berklee College of Music, 1983
Composition studies with John Bavichi
Contemporary Harmony studies with Alex Ulanowsky
Classical Guitar Studies with Wayne Clifton
Jazz Guitar studies with John Baboin and William Leavitt

Aspen School of Music, 1984. Guitar Studies with Oscar Ghiglia.
Boston University Tanglewood Institute, 1983-84
Guitar Studies with Edward Flower

Guitar Masterclasses: Robert Guthrie, Pepe Romero, David Russell,
Manuel Barrueco and Oscar Ghiglia

Early Music Seminars:
Robert Spencer (lute), Christoph Wolf (J.S. Bach)


Professor of Music - Middle Tennessee State University
1989 - present (Awarded Tenure 6/95, Promoted to Full Professor 7/02)
Director of Guitar Program (largest in state), Classical Guitar Technique, Jazz Studies, Fretboard Harmony, Music Theory, Sight Singing and Ear Training, Guitar Ensembles, Computer Music Applications, Composition, Chamber Ensembles, Guitar History and Literature, Lute and Early Music Studies, Class Guitar, Guitar Pedagogy, Commercial Music Ensembles, Committee Work, Recruitment, Student Advising

Graduate Teaching Assistant
University of Miami School of Music, 1983-1985
Studio and Class Guitar Teaching, Chamber Ensembles


Scholarship Winner - Tallahassee Music Guild - 2/89
Finalist - Third Prize - Guitar Foundation of America International Competition -10/87
Finalist - Toronto International Guitar Competition - 6/87
First Prize - National Federation of Music Clubs Guitar Competition - 2/86
Finalist - Pro Mozart Society Soloist Competition - 5/85
Graduate Assistantship Award - State University New York at Binghamton - 5/83
Graduate Assistantship Award - University of Miami School of Music- 5/83
Scholarship Winner - Boston Conservatory of Music - 4/83


Selected Solo Recitals:
-University of East Carolina, Greenville, NC - 2/03
-Montage Concert Series - Loyola University, New Orleans, LA - 1/03
-Cumberland University, Nashville, TN - 9/02
-First Night Festival, Binghamton, NY - 12/00,12/01,12/02
-Columbus Guitar Society, Columbus, Ohio - 4/99
-Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN - 4/99
-Syracuse University, Crouse College Auditorium, Syracuse, NY - 3/99
-SUNY Cortland, Campus Artist Series, Cortland, NY - 2/99
-Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, University of Alabama, Birmingham - 4/97
-Knoxville/Oak Ridge Guitar Society, Knoxville, Tennessee -1/96
-Lincoln Memorial University Concert Series, Cumberland Gap, Tennessee - 3/95
-Appalachian State Unversity Concert Series, Boone, North Carolina - 12/92
-Trevecca College Lyceum Concert Series, Nashville Tennessee - 10/92
-Belmont University Concert Series, Nashville, Tennessee - 10/92
-University of Glasgow Concert Guild Series, Glasgow, Scotland - 12/88
-Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, Colorado - 7/84
-Tanglewood Music Festival, Lennox, Massachusetts - 7/84, 7/83

Live Radio and Television:
-Nashville, TN - Channel 5 WTVF- CBS affiliate, Live Broadcast: "Talk of the Town,"<4/03
-National Public Broadcasting Affiliates: WPLN FM90.3 - Nashville, TN, 1/03
-National Public Broadcasting Affiliates: WPLN FM90.3 - Nashville, TN, 10/02
-National Public Broadcasting Affiliates: WPLN FM90.3 - Nashville, TN, 1/01
-National Public Broadcasting Affiliates: WPLN FM90.3 - Nashville, TN, 3/99
-National Public Broadcasting Affiliates: WFSU FM90.5 - Tallahassee, Florida, 5/87
-WFSU Public Television, Channel 11, Tallahassee, Florida, 5/87
-WVUM 89.5 FM - Miami, Florida, 12/84

Concerto Soloist:
-Black Sea Philharmonic, Constanta, Romania - Concertos by Hudson and Vivaldi - 6/03
-Nashville Chamber Orchestra - Premier of "Cumberland Concerto" by Roger Hudson - 3/02
-Middle Tennessee Symphony - Handel Concerto in Bb Major - 12/92
-Middle Tennessee Chamber Orchestra - Giuliani Concerto in A Major op. 65 - 4/90
-University of Miami Symphony - Vivaldi Concerto in D major - 12/84

Chamber Music:
-14 years with the Stones River Chamber Players , 1989-2004
numerous engagements around the eastern U.S. and European Tour (Switzerland, France, Germany) 5/03
-Performances of the Boulez, Le Marteu - Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts
-Soloist with the Rutherford String Quartet (MTSU faculty quartet) 1989
-Yelverton/Brecht Guitar and Harpsichord duo - regional University Performances
-Florida State University Collegium Musicum - early music ensemble, 1985-89
-Soloist with the Young Artist String Quartet, Tanglewood Festival, 1984

Compact Disc Recording: "Music of South America" - ARIOSO
Chamber Music of Astor Piazzolla and Solo Guitar works of Piazzolla, Gismonti, Barrios, and Lauro. 2000

Compact Disc Recording: "Harpsichord Music on Guitar" - ARIOSO (NRP19476)
Premier recordings of guitar transcriptions of Baroque harpsichord music:
works of Rameau, Bach, Handel, and Duphly. 1993

Composed and performed music for: "Wakulla, the Mystery Continues" -
State of Florida Documentary Film. Winner of Crystal Reel Award, Florida Motion Picture and Television Association, 1989.
Composed and performed music for: "The Historic San Luis Mission" -
State of Florida Documentary Film, 1988.

Musicological Research/Teaching

-Classical Summit -National Guitar Workshop - 7/03
-Baroque Performance Practice and Lute Continuo Studies with Karyl Louwenaar.
-Doctoral Dissertation: Guitar Transcriptions of Baroque Keyboard Music
-Instructor of Guitar History and Literature course. Includes history, literature, and transcription of tablature for related early instruments: lute, vihuela, theorbo, etc...
-Research and performances of traditional Celtic music with the cooperation of the Middle Tennessee State University Center for Popular Music
-Research and performances of traditional Spanish flamenco music

Theory/Composition - Research/Teaching
-Instructor of college freshman level Music Theory, Sightsinging, and Ear Training (including conducting and solfege)
-Compositions include works for solo guitar, viola and piano, choir, orchestra, mixed chamber ensembles, and MIDI sequenced synthesizer.
-Development of new college music course: Contemporary/Jazz Theory

University Committee Work
-N.A.S.M. Performance Committee Chairman - Preparation of department self-evaluation on the role of faculty and student performances within and outside of the university.
-Performance Series Committee - Direction of University Concert Series:management, logistics, artist selection and presentation.
-Music Theory Committee - Curriculum development and administration of Music Theory, Sight singing, and Aural Skills courses
-Music Industry Committee - Music Industry and Jazz Performance curriculum development
-String Performance Committee - Evaluation of guitar and bowed string student performances and juries

Computer Music Application Competencies (Macintosh based):

-Cool Edit Pro, Digital Sound Editing System
-Studer Dyaxis, Digital Sound Editing System
-Finale, Music Scoring/Publishing Program
-Professional Composer, Music Composition Program
-Pro Tools, Digital Sound Editing System
-Band in a Box, Jazz Performance Practice Program

Performer/Artist in Residence

-Royal Majesty Cruise Line, Spring/summer 1993-1995
-Three weekly concert programs/lectures

Grant Writing

-MTSU Public Service Grants, Tennessee Guitar Festival, 11/01, 11/03
-M.T.S.U. Instructional Development Grant, Bach on the Guitar, 11/97 - $1500
-M.T.S.U. Non-Instructional Assignment Grant for Spring 1999, 11/97
-Tennessee State Board of Regents Faculty Research Grant, CD Recording, Contemporary Latin Guitar Music, 10/97 - $2300
-M.T.S.U. Instructional Development Grant, Seminar: 150 Years of American Fingerstyle Guitar, 11/94 - $3900
-Tennessee State Board of Regents Grant in Aid for Doctoral work, 6/90 -$3100
-Tennessee State Board of Regents Faculty Research Grant, CD Recording: Harpsichord Music on Guitar, 10/90 - $5500

Service to Professional Organizations

-Adjudicator, Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist Competition southeast regional - Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1992
-Adjudicator, Beethoven Music Club Young Artist Competition
Memphis, Tennessee, 1991
-Performance for MENC convention - Nashville, Tennessee, 1992

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