Oct. 10, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
Maryville College will host the East Tennessee Vocal Association’s “All East Chorus” Nov. 15-17 at the Clayton Center for the Arts.
The annual event attracts select students and directors from middle schools and high schools in the East Tennessee region – about 500-600 participants. The students, who were selected in September through an audition process, meet for two days of rehearsals with guest conductors in preparation for a performance at the end of the weekend.
The public is invited to the performance, which will begin at 2 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 17 in the Clayton Center’s Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre. The Middle School Chorus will perform at 2 p.m., followed by the Freshman Chorus at 2:30 and the SATB Chorus at 3 p.m. The Women’s Chorus will perform at 3:30 p.m., and the Men’s Chorus will perform at 4 p.m. Admission to the concert is free.
“We are delighted to host this important event at Maryville College, realizing that this will be the first experience in the new Clayton Center for the Arts for most of the participants,” said Stacey Wilner, coordinator of choral music at Maryville College. “The MC choral music students and I are excited at this opportunity to demonstrate not only our commitment to the music education, but to the future of music programs from all over East Tennessee. We are honored to have these motivated young musicians and their instructors on our campus and look forward to making this a memorable event for all in attendance.”
Several talented guest conductors will work with students during the weekend. Dr. Karen Kenaston-French, director of choral activities at the University of Texas at Arlington, is the 2012 Women’s Chorale conductor; Dr. Eric Thorson, director of choral activities at Carson-Newman College, is the 2012 SATB Chorus conductor; Dr. Larry Wyatt, director of choral studies at the University of South Carolina, is the 2012 Men’s Chorus conductor; Alan Eleazer, chair of the music faculty at Hiwassee College and conductor of the Maryville College Community Chorus, is the 2012 Freshmen Chorus conductor; and Dr. Kenney Potter, director of choral activities and music education at Wingate University in N.C., is the 2012 Middle School Chorus conductor.
According to the East Tennessee Vocal Association’s website, participation in an All-East Chorus is competitive and a source of great pride to students and their directors, and participation in an All-East Chorus is a prerequisite for a position in the Tennessee All-State Chorus.
For more information about the event, please visit the East Tennessee Vocal Association’s website at http://etva.org/.
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.