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The John Hamm Performing Arts Seroes at Covenant College

John Hamm Performing Arts Series

The John Hamm Performing Arts Series brings world-renowned musical artists to Covenant’s campus to offer recitals and educational opportunities that serve students as well as the surrounding Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain communities.


Through the performing arts series, each featured artist offers 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 are 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.


The performing arts series seeks to carry on Hamm’s legacy of engaging with and giving back to the local music community. Recital tickets are available, free of charge, by completing this ticket request form, by emailing, or by calling 706.419.1459.


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The John Hamm Performing Arts Series 2018-2019 Season

We are excited to announce the third season of the Hamm Series! This season continues our dedication to celebrating the various styles and diversity of traditions in the performing arts and brings a number of new artists to the Chattanooga area. The season opens with a performance by The Dominican Jazz Project on Monday, September 24, 2018. The group, comprised of some of the finest Caribbean musicians, fuses jazz, Afro-Cuban, and traditional Dominican grooves into original compositions that will be sure to entertain.


On October 24th, we welcome violinist David Kim, concert master of the Philadelphia Orchestra. A sought after soloist and clinician, Mr. Kim has taught at the Masterworks, Pacific, and Aspen Music Festivals, is a frequent soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, among other international ensembles, and serves as Professor of Violin Studies at Cairn University. His concert will feature Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, joined by the Covenant College Chamber Orchestra, and he’ll present masterclasses on campus and at Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences.


In the spring, pianist Javier Arrebola presents a recital with Covenant’s own David Tahere. On faculty at Boston University, SongFest, and Ravinia and Tanglewood Festivals, Arrebola specializes in the music of Schubert, Spanish song, and Nordic repertoires. The duo will represent their musical heritages, performing music from Spain, New Zealand, and America, and Schubert on Thursday, February 28, 2019.


The season closes with a presentation by the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company on April 4th, 2019. Founded by present Artistic Director Hwee-Eng Y. Lee in 1991, the ACDC showcases Chinese history and culture through the art of Chinese dance. They represented the city of Atlanta in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games, and continue to present high-quality productions while educating the next generation of Chinese American dancers through classes and outreach.


Tickets for any of these are available, free of charge, and can be reserved by completing this ticket request form, by emailing, or calling 706.419.1459. You may also sign up for email updates.




Dominican Jazz Project

Dominican Jazz Project
Monday, September 24, 7:00 pm



David Kim

David Kim with the Covenant College Chamber Orchestra
Wednesday, October 24, 7:00 pm



Javier Arrebola
David Tahere

Javier Arrebola with David Tahere
Thursday, February 28, 7:00 pm



Atlanta Chinese Dance Company

Atlanta Chinese Dance Company
Thursday, April 4, 7:00 pm

Scott Finch

"Homogeneity isn’t the point of being in union with Christ. Being mysteriously brought together by one Spirit with all of our differences is the stunning truth of the gospel in Christ."
- Dr. Scott Finch ’96, associate professor of music

Samantha Brown and Julie Pretorious

Samantha Brown '18 & Julie Pretorious '18 reflect on their experience attending a masterclass taught by singer Todd Thomas as part of the John Hamm Performing Arts Series.