Local talent featured in March 11 MACCO concert

March 5, 2002

The Maryville-Alcoa Community College Orchestra (MACCO) will feature and celebrate local talent in an upcoming concert scheduled for March 11 in Wilson Chapel on the Maryville College campus.

MACCO's "Showcase of Area Artists" program begins at 7:30 p.m.

Eight guest artists - instrumentalists and vocalists - will perform with the orchestra. They each auditioned for the opportunity and were selected by a panel of judges.

"We are blessed with a talented pool of artists," said Dick Cox, chairman of the MACCO Advisory Board. "This concert is a wonderful opportunity for the public to see them and listen to them - and support them.

"I'm always impressed by the level of talent and professionalism exhibited by the young people who perform in the showcase of area artists," he continued.

Admission for the concert is $10 for adults and $7 for seniors. Children ages 18 and younger are admitted free.

The performers

First on the program is bassoonist Zachary Millwood, who will perform one movement of Antonio Vivaldi's "Concerto in A Minor for Bassoon." Millwood, who grew up in Texas and Washington before moving to Greenback with his parents, is currently attending the University of Tennessee on a full music scholarship. A music major, Millwood is a student of Keith McClelland and a member of the school's wind ensemble and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. He has participated in several national and international music festivals and won several awards.

Mezzo-soprano Sarah Stutzman will perform a selection from "Panis Angelicus for Solo and Chorus" by Cesar Franck. The Seymour, Tenn., native is currently completing her final year as a music education major at Maryville College. The winner of several music scholarships and awards at the College, Stutzman is a member of the College's Concert Choir, "Off Kilter" ensemble and the Maryville College Community Chorus. She is a member of the Knoxville Opera Chorus Auxiliary. She is a student of Burt Rosevear.

Paige Wroble, another Maryville College student and student of Burt Rosevear, will be performing with the orchestra March 11. Wroble, a soprano, will perform "Ain't It a Pretty Night" from Carlisle Floyd's opera "Susannah." Wroble, who moved to Maryville from New York in 1996, is a versatile singer who performs in jazz, blues, rock and roll, pop, Broadway and classical styles. She is currently a featured artist with the East Tennessee Jazz Orchestra and performs regularly with the Streamliners and local artists Joel Fairstein, Marcus Shirley and Bill Scarlett. She has served as a soloist with or member of the Oak Ridge Community Chorus, the Maryville College Concert Choir, the Maryville College Community Chorus and the Empire Jazz Orchestra.

Knoxville Catholic High School junior Rachel Maggart will perform a piece from Felix Mendelssohn's "Concert in G Minor for Piano." Currently a student of Fay Adams, Maggart has studied piano for a total of 10 years. She has participated in festivals and contests in Brevard, N.C.; Belvoir, Massachusetts; and the Aspen (Colo.) Music Festival. She is a recipient of awards from the Tennessee Music Teachers Association and the Knoxville Piano Guild.

Brian Gallion will perform one movement of "Concerto for Bass Tuba" by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Gallion, who grew up in Florida but now studies at the University of Tennessee under Sande MacMorran, has played the tuba for 11 years. A participant in many university musical organizations and festivals at UT, Gallion also participated in the Tuba Masterclass at Northwestern University. The UT senior is currently student teaching at South Doyle High School and South Doyle Middle School in Knoxville. He plans to attend graduate school as a performance major.

Lyric soprano Sandra Dugan will perform "Si Mi Chiamano Mimi" from Puccini's "La Boheme." Dugan, who received her bachelor of music from Northern Kentucky University, is finishing her master of music degree at the University of Tennessee. She is a student of Mark Walters and is in the Opera Performance program. While at UT, Dugan has performed in several operas, including "Albert Herring," "The Medium," "Le Nozze di Figaro" and "Hansel and Gretel." Dugan was a finalist in the Opera Columbus competition and most recently won second prize in the NATS Mid-South Regional Competition.

Mezzo-Soprano Amanda Ingram of Maryville will perform "Habanera" from Georges Bizet's "Carmen." A voice student for eight years and former student of Ann Taddie at Maryville College, Ingram is currently studying with Mark Walters at the University of Tennessee. She was the first-place winner in the NATS junior women's division competition, a winner of the Grace Moore Scholarship and a winner of the Maryville College Vocal Scholarship. She currently performs with the Knoxville Opera Company Chorus, the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre and the choir at Second Presbyterian Church.

Pianist Thomas Nixon will bring the concert to a close with a performance from Edvard Grieg's "Concerto in A Minor for Piano." Nixon is currently a sophomore at Central High School in Knoxville, where he is a member of the band and orchestra and accompanies the school choir. A four-year student of the piano, Nixon is currently taught by Dr. David Northington. In addition to participating in Junior Clinic, Nixon received a superior rating in the 2001 Tennessee Music Teachers Association auditions and competed in state finals. For the past two summers, he has continued his studies at the Carson Newman College Music Camp and more recently performed "Rhapsody in Blue" in the Farragut Performing Arts Theatre presentation of "By George by Gershwin."

Upcoming concerts

Remaining concerts in the 2001-2002 season include a performance of the Dogwood Arts Festival Concert on April 1 and MACCO's annual Spring Concert, scheduled for May 6.

For more information on MACCO or upcoming concerts, contact the Maryville College Division of Fine Arts at 865/981-8150.

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 offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.