Guest musicians Adam Estes and Nave Graham to perform March 2 at Tennessee Tech

Nave Graham (Photo by Logan Kirkland/ Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services)

COOKEVILLE – Guest artists Adam Estes and Nave Graham will perform on Wednesday, March 2, at 7:30- 8:30 p.m. in Tennessee Tech University’s Wattenbarger Auditorium. Estes on saxophone and Graham on flute will present a recital of saxophone and flute compositions. 

Estes and Graham both serve on the faculty of the University of Mississippi and will be working with the Tech students of Assistant Professor of Saxophone Matthew Younglove and Assistant Professor of Flute Mary Matthews during their time on Tech’s campus.

Estes teaches saxophone and bassoon, coaches woodwind chamber ensembles and teaches woodwinds methods courses. Prior to his work in Mississippi, he was assistant professor of woodwinds at Minot State University. He has also held posts as visiting professor of saxophone at Furman University, the University of South Carolina as well as instructor of saxophone at Presbyterian College and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.

Estes is a founding member of the Assembly Quartet.  He has recorded on Amp Recordings, MSR Classics, Albany Records, and maintains an active performance schedule as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician. His performing career has taken him to venues in Scotland, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, France and Belgium. He holds graduate degrees from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Tarleton State University. 

Graham leads a versatile career as a performer and educator. She is instructor of flute at the University of Mississippi and the flutist for contemporary music sextet, All of the Above. All of the Above has held residencies at Xavier University and the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Italy. The ensemble made their Carnegie Hall debut in 2017 and also released their first album on Ablaze Records in 2020. 

Graham is instructor of flute at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in the summers. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She also holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of South Carolina.

Graham earned a doctoral cognate in ethnomusicology. Her research includes music performance anxiety and mental health in the modern music school as it relates to Eastern philosophy and psychology. She is also a certified mindfulness instructor and specializes in integrating concepts of meditation, acceptance, and self-compassion in music curriculum. In addition, Graham is the co-author of repertory database, Flute Music by Black Composers,an ongoing effort to research and promote the works of underrepresented composers. This database has been adapted by the National Flute Association as well as the Institute for Composer Diversity.

This event is organized by Tech’s School of Music. Wattenbarger Auditorium is located in the Bryan Fine Arts Building at 1150 N. Dixie Ave.

Adam Estes (Photo by Kevin Bain/University Communications Photography)

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