Feb. 16, 2012
Contact: Office of Communications
Maryville College’s Voices of Praise (VOP) Scholarship Concert and Worship Service featuring gospel artist Donnie McClurkin, which was scheduled for March 3, has been cancelled.
“Unfortunately, Pastor McClurkin has cancelled his appearance at this event,” said Larry Ervin, director of the VOP gospel choir and the College’s multicultural affairs office.
Proceeds from the sale of tickets to the March 3 concert and worship service were going to be used to establish an endowed scholarship for choir members. The event also was organized to celebrate VOP’s 20-year anniversary. Current and former VOP members had been invited to gather for a special reunion the evening of March 2.
Ervin said the scholarship concert and reunion were being postponed, explaining that he and other college administrators would work to find a time later this year to celebrate the milestone and invite other popular gospel musicians to minister and perform.
“It is still my prayer that a scholarship will be established that will support the ministerial and educational value of VOP,” Ervin said. “VOP has reflected the core values of Maryville College for 20 years, and I would love for this choir to continue for as long as the College continues.”
People who wish to contribute to the scholarship fund should contact Ervin at 865.981.8222 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who purchased tickets will receive a refund.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2012 semester was 1,093.