Why study Music at MC?

Located in the new Clayton Center for the Arts, the Maryville College Music Department offers a comprehensive, NASM-accredited music curriculum within the acclaimed Maryville College liberal arts experience. Students will receive expert instruction in music theory, music history, and performance. Our five music majors‚ the Bachelor of Arts in Music, the Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Choral), the Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Instrumental), the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, the Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition‚ provide ample preparation and flexibility for the pursuit of careers involving music or graduate school.

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Interested in participating in a fine arts program at Maryville College? Please use the Contact Form on Ashley Abbott Maynard's page to provide us with some information about yourself. Ashley, will put you in touch with one of our fine arts faculty, who will contact you to discuss your options.

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

On-campus Opportunities

Maryville College Concert Choir
Off-Kilter A capella Vocal Ensemble
Lads & Lassies Men’s & Women’s Choirs
Maryville College Community Choir
Maryville College Symphony Orchestra
Maryville College Chamber Orchestra
MC3Band Community Symphonic Band
Tartanband Wind Ensemble
Maryville College Jazz Ensemble

Meet a current student

Ethan Morrison ’18
Hometown: Lenoir City, Tenn.

Music is a huge part of Ethan’s life at Maryville College. In addition to studying music education, he is a member of the Concert Choir, Off Kilter and the Concert Band. He believes those experiences will help him be a better teacher and church music leader. “Whether you are an instrumentalist or vocalist, the College has groups for you to be involved with. And if you don’t know how to play an instrument or sing, you have opportunities to learn. I took voice lessons for the first time during my freshman year. The teachers here are outstanding, and the College is a wonderful environment to learn in.”

Outcomes of Recent Grads

Featured Graduate

Laura Atkinson Steigerwalt ’05
Currently: American mezzo-soprano performing in both the United States and Europe

After graduating from MC, Laura continued her education
at Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music, earning a master of music degree in vocal performance. In 2010, she was awarded a Fulbright grant to study in Germany and since then, has performed with various orchestras in the U.S. and Europe. “Maryville College provided a truly invaluable basis for my career as a professional musician. The intimate structure of the program allowed for close mentorship and guidance, in such a way that would not have been possible at a larger university,” she said. “At Maryville, I felt like a valuable member of both the music program and the school at large; it instilled a confidence in me that has carried me through many aspects of my career that followed, and I continue to feel that support today.”

Graduate School Placements

Belmont University
Duke University Divinity School
East Carolina University
East Tennessee State University
Liberty University
University of Iowa
University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Yale Institute for Sacred Music

Faculty & Staff

Dr. William Swann

Chair, Division of Fine Arts, Professor of Music
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Dr. Sheri Matascik

Associate Professor of Music
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Dr. Christy Lee

Lecturer in Collaborative Piano and Orchestra Conductor
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Dr. Alicia Massie-Legg

Lecturer in Music
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Dr. Eric Simpson

Lecturer in Music Education and Director of Bands
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Ms. Stacey Wilner

Lecturer in Music, Director of Choral Activities
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Ms. Rachel Acuff

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Piano/Keyboard and Oboe
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Ms. Erin Bray

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Woodwind
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Mr. Ashley Burell

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Organ and Harpsichord
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Mr. Alan Eleazer

Conductor, Community Chorus; Adjunct Instructor of Music, Voice
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Mr. Chase Hatmaker

Adjunct Choral Assistant
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Mr. Tom Lundberg

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Brass
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Ms. Gina Milligan

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Piano/Keyboard
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Mr. Harold Nagge

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Guitar
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Mr. Shaun Schuetz

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Percussion
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Dr. Larry Smithee

Adjunct Instructor of Music
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Ms. Kathleen Spillane

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Voice
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Ms. Megan Tipton

Adjunct Music Lessons - Strings
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Mr. Will Yager

Adjunct Instructor of Music - Bass
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Mrs. Deborah Boling

Office Manager, Fine Arts
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Ms. Ashley Maynard

Choral Assistant and Fine Arts Recruiter
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Auditions and Admission to Music Curricula

All students intending to pursue a major or minor in music or participate in an ensemble must complete the Music Placement Hearings during Fall Orientation prior to beginning study. Each student will then be counseled into the appropriate courses. All music majors must demonstrate proficiency in basic keyboard skills. Those who lack this preparation upon entering must take Keyboard Fundamentals for 0 credits every term until all five areas of the proficiency requirement are passed. All music majors must pass the piano proficiency requirement before enrolling in Senior Project 351-352.

Admission to a particular curriculum as a music major is conferred by the music faculty after the completion of MUS 102: Music Theory II (3 hrs.) or, in the case of students with advanced standing, after one semester of study at Maryville College. Contact the Chair of the Division of Fine Arts for details.

French or German is recommended as the foreign language choice for singers and students planning graduate work in music.