Harriss named chairman of Department of Music
Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 1:27 pm
The Messenger 05.04.11
Dr. Elaine Harriss, interim chair of the University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Music, has been named chair, effective July 1.
“Dr. Harriss cares deeply about students and faculty. The program has grown under her leadership and I am sure she will continue to strengthen the program,” said Dr. Lynn Alexander, dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.
Dr. Harriss, a professor of music, joined the UT Martin faculty in 2001 after serving as an adjunct faculty member for several periods from 1974-94. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and a doctorate at University of Michigan.
She was named interim chair in 2008. She also served as interim director of graduate studies from 2006-08 and has been adviser to Sigma Alpha Iota since 2003.
“UT Martin has an exceptional music department with outstanding faculty and students,” Dr. Harriss said. “What a joy it is for me to work with this department as we strive to make music a growing force in Tennessee.”
She is a pianist and flutist with an extensive list of performances, publications, presentations and workshops. She served as director and teacher of Kindermusik of Martin and Jackson and was a Kindermusik International director, faculty member and curriculum designer and consultant.
She is the service pianist for Trinity Presbyterian Church and, since 1968, has been a studio teacher of piano and flute.
Dr. Harriss is a member of the National Association of College Wind and Percus-sion Instructors, National Clarinet Association, Ten-nessee Music Teachers Association, Martin Area Music Teachers Association, National Flute Association, Martin Philharmonic Music Guild, Kindermusik Educators Association and Phi Kappa Phi honor society.