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Covenant Music Department Presents John Hamm Performing Arts Series

John Hamm Performing Arts Series


The Covenant College Department of Music is pleased to announce the creation of the John Hamm Performing Arts Series, beginning fall 2015. The series will bring world-renowned musical artists to Covenant’s campus to offer recitals and educational opportunities that will serve students as well as the greater Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain communities.


Through the performing arts series, each artist will offer a recital on campus as well as master classes and opportunities for one-on-one voice lessons or coaching in specific repertoire. The recitals and master classes will be free and open to the public, thanks to the partnership of generous donors.


The series is named after former Covenant professor Dr. John Hamm and is coordinated by David Tahere, assistant professor of music. Hamm served in the music department at Covenant for more than thirty years. During his tenure at Covenant, Hamm was known for his investment in the Chattanooga music community. In 1985, he founded Choral Arts of Chattanooga, which still provides the city with choral music, thirty years later.


“Dr. Hamm was a really involved musician,” said Tahere. “Not only was he very dedicated to his students here at Covenant and to the music department, he was also very involved in music in Chattanooga. We named the series after Dr. Hamm because we wanted to speak to those ties, and to signal to the community that we are looking for opportunities where we can serve the greater area of Chattanooga.”


The series will feature primarily solo artists, aiming to meet a need in the community, with an educational twist.


“Chattanooga has many venues for music in general, but there is no current series in the city that specifically presents solo artists,” Tahere said.


In addition to recitals, master classes, and private learning opportunities, some of the artists in the series will visit and perform in area churches and other venues in Chattanooga. As the series begins this fall, the music department hopes to demonstrate that they are intentionally stepping back into the arts scene in Chattanooga and are eager to see the community involved in the John Hamm Performing Arts Series in any way they choose.


“It’s another opportunity for us to give back to the community, to give back to the church, and to give back to our students,” said Tahere. “We hope to give all three of those audiences more opportunities to engage with art at a really high level—art that comes to them and meets them where they are.”


All recitals and master classes are free and open to the public. Recital tickets will be available, free of charge, from or by calling 706.419.1459.


The John Hamm Performing Arts Series 2015-2016 Season


Todd Thomas, baritone
with Paul Jones, piano

Thursday, September 17, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.


Andreas Klein, piano
Thursday, November 5, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.


The Dismembered Tennesseans
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 | 7:00 p.m.


The Marinus Ensemble
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 | 7:00 p.m.