The University of Tennessee at Martin Percussion Studio (Julie Hill, Director) traveled to Salvador da Bahia, Brazil from May 15-22, 2011. . The UTM studio also participated in percussion lessons, cultural exchange sessions, and clinics with the percussion studio of the Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA) in Salvador.
The culmination of this exchange was a collective concert featuring both studios on Thursday May 19th at the UFBA School of Music. The finale of this concert was a premiere written by Hill for the event entitled, “Lembranças” in which both studios performed together. Julie told us “The UTM students were absolutely wonderful in their openness to diversity and experiences in a new and diverse culture in Salvador, Brazil. They were great ambassadors of UTM and the USA at large. We are so grateful to everyone that helped us with a truly life changing experience that the students nor I will ever forget. New hearts and minds, both in Brazil and within our UTM students, are open as a result of this exchange and the world has become just a little smaller place for us.”