Registration still open for MC-community vocal ensembles; rehearsals begin Sept. 7

Registration still open for MC-community vocal ensembles; rehearsals begin Sept. 7

Aug. 13, 2010
Contact: Stacey Wilner, Coordinator of Choral Music

The Division of Fine Arts at Maryville College recently announced the beginning of rehearsals for its community vocal ensembles. The announcement also included news that a new group for high school singers is being formed.

With the addition, the College now offers three youth choirs for the residents of Blount, Knox and Sevier counties: the Highlander Chorale (for students ages 14 to 18), the MC Youth Chorale (for children ages 10 to 14), and the Scottie Singers (for children ages 6 to 9).

Auditions are required for all youth choirs and can be scheduled by contacting the directors. Tuition is $75 per semester and is expected by the first rehearsal. Limited scholarships are available.

“All the conductors for the various choirs are very excited to begin our first full concert season in the new Clayton Center for the Arts,” said Stacey Wilner, the College’s coordinator of choral music. “This is the first season that we have been to able to offer choral ensembles for everyone in the community, from the age of 6 to 96. All the choral groups offer quality choral experiences for members, regardless of age. Participants will experience a diverse range of musical literature and the opportunity to develop and strengthen vocal technique.”

For more information on the choral ensembles and possible scholarships, please contact Wilner at 865.981.8151 or

The Scottie Singers will begin rehearsals at 3:30 p.m., Sept. 7 in the Harter rehearsal room and will meet at this time every Tuesday afternoon throughout the semester.

Rehearsals for the MC Youth Chorale, will follow at 5 p.m. in the Harter rehearsal room.

The two ensembles will perform a joint concert at 7 p.m., Dec. 3 in the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall of the Clayton Center.

Carol James, children’s choir coordinator at Central Baptist Church in Fountain City, is the director of the Scottie Singers. Students interested in joining the Scottie Singers can contact James for an audition by emailing

The MC Youth Chorale is directed by Martha Robinson, music specialist at Maryville Intermediate School. She may be contacted at

The Highlander Chorale will begin rehearsals at 4:30 p.m., Sept. 9 in the Harter rehearsal room and continue every Thursday afternoon throughout the semester.

The chorale will join with Off Kilter, the College’s vocal ensemble, for a concert scheduled for 7 p.m., Dec. 16, in the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall of the Clayton Center.

Jill Purvis, who is on staff of Maryville High School and serves as the director of children’s choirs at Monte Vista Baptist Church, is the director of the Highlander Chorale. Auditions can be scheduled by emailing her at

The Maryville College Community Chorus, a non-auditioned ensemble of 75 singers, will begin rehearsals at 7 p.m., Sept. 7, in the Harter rehearsal room of the Clayton Center.

The chorus, under the direction of Alan Eleazer, will be rehearsing Georg Friederich Handel's musical masterpiece, “Messiah,” which was an annual Christmas tradition for the college and community from 1934 until the mid 1980s.

The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Dec. 6 in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre of the Clayton Center.

Eleazer, a professional musician, conductor and college educator in the East Tennessee area for more than 25 years, is beginning his third season as conductor of the chorus. In addition to joining the MC faculty last year, Eleazer serves on the music faculty of Hiwassee College and directs the music program at First United Methodist of Oak Ridge. He has also directed the music programs of Concord United Methodist Church in Farragut and Church Street United Methodist in Knoxville.

For more information, contact Eleazer at 865.966.5751 or or Stacey Wilner at 865.981.8151 or

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 1,197.