Maryville College forms Youth Chorale, calls for auditions

October 8, 2004
Keni Lanagan, Administrative Assistant
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Maryville College is forming a Youth Chorale for children ages 9 to 13 and is calling for talented singers to audition from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, and Sunday, Oct. 24.

Auditions will take place on campus in the rehearsal room of the Fine Arts Center. The audition process will include the singing of “America” and a brief sight-reading exercise. Students who are selected to participate must be available for Sunday afternoon rehearsals from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. beginning at the end of October through the concert date of Dec. 9.

“The mission of the Maryville College Youth Chorale is to promote choral singing for children and to foster a sense of community by involvement in this performing art form,” said Stacey Wilner, coordinator of choral music at the College.

Elizabeth W. Britt of Blount County will direct the Youth Chorale. A graduate of the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s of science degree in education, Britt is lower school music specialist at Webb School of Knoxville. She has successfully directed children’s choirs at Alcoa Elementary School and New Providence Presbyterian Church.

“As a music educator, Liz believes in providing a foundation of musical concepts and skills through the art of choral singing while nurturing the children to develop their abilities to the fullest,” Wilner said.

The assistant director for the Youth Chorale will be Brittany Lloyd, a senior music education major at the College. Mary Copeland, who is also a music education student at the College, will accompany the choir.

There will be a $25 participation fee per singer. The Youth Chorale will perform at the “Festival of Lessons and Carols” concert with the Maryville College Community Chorus Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. in Wilson Chapel.

For more information, contact Liz Britt at or Brittany Lloyd at 865.273.8915.

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.