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Nikolasa Tejero
Frances Hall Hill Professor of Music, Assistant Head for Assessment and Accreditation
Department of Performing Arts
DMA Clarinet Performance, University of Kentucky (2011), MM Clarinet Performance, Baylor University (1997), BM Clarinet Performance, University of Tennessee Chattanooga (1995)
  330 F Fine Arts Center

Nikolasa Tejero is the Frances Hall Hill Professor of Music and Assistant Head for Assessment and Accreditation for UTC’s Department of Performing Arts. In this capacity, Dr. Tejero oversees curricular assessment, serves as SACSCOC liaison, and coordinates the accreditation process with the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Theatre, and the American Music Therapy Association. Additionally, Dr. Tejero serves as the Introduction to Music course coordinator, coaches chamber music, and researches Latin American music traditions (Tejero is the author of Music and Culture: Folklore in Cuban Clarinet Music, published in 2014 by Scholars’ Press).

A clarinetist active as performer, lecturer, clinician, and adjudicator, Dr. Tejero has performed and presented at concert venues, festivals, and conferences across four continents, including for the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest®, College Music Society, Spoleto USA, International Music Festival, International Double Reed Society, National Association for College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and Southeastern Composers League, among others. Celebrated for her engaging programs, she appears regularly as recitalist and soloist.  The Post and Courier, (Charleston, SC) described her Spoleto performance as, “…[possessing] technical and musical mastery... the rhythmic and expressive flavor of the music was always in the foreground.” Tejero is a proponent new music and has premiered numerous compositions written for her (including multiple works by Mario Abril, Tim Hinck, Jonathan McNair, Gary Nash, Harvey Stokes, and Peter Temko).  She is a member of the TradeWinds Ensemble, which records new music publications for Carl Fischer, Wingert-Jones, and Excelcia Music Publishing.

Dr. Tejero is an advocate for the arts as a vehicle to effect positive change in our community. To this end, she has created events like the River City Clarinet Winter Festival, which during its five-year run drew clarinet enthusiasts to Chattanooga from across the US.  More recently, Dr. Tejero has partnered with the Chattanooga Public Library’s Children’s Department to create community programming like Symphonic Tales, a music-and-literacy program now in its seventh season. This series celebrates culture by presenting unique literary-themed programs that bring live concert music combined with story-telling and arts-and-crafts activities to the Chattanooga Public Library’s youngest patrons, along with pre-K and Kindergarten students in underserved parts of the Chattanooga community.