MC Concert Choir presents gratitude concert March 30

March 7, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer

The Maryville College Concert Choir will present “Pipes, Glens & Thistles: A Celebration of Gratitude” on Fri., March 30 at 8 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.

According to Maryville College Choral Director Stacey Wilner, the concert is a way to give thanks to Maryville College and the community, as well as Concert Choir friends and family members, for their support of the student choir members in their efforts to raise funds for the 2012 spring choir tour to Scotland. During the May tour, titled “Scotland: Pipes, Glens & Thistles,” the choir will perform in several castles and churches in Scotland, including Iona Abbey on the Isle of Iona; Stirling Castle and Church of Holy Rude in Stirling; St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh; and Holy Trinity Church in St. Andrews.

“During the year-long academic and financial preparation for the choir tour to Scotland, the students have gained awareness of how they impact each other and how they have been graced with generosity and kindness in a multitude of ways by family, friends, alumni, MC faculty and staff, area churches, new friends abroad and our community at large,” Wilner said.

The Concert Choir, Off Kilter and new ensembles, the Lads and the Lassies, will perform selections that fall under four themes: Faith; Americana; Heritage and Culture; and Light, Love and Laughter.

Selections include “Shenandoah” by James Erb; “Laudate Jehovam” by Georg Philipp Telemann, featuring Maryville College students Adam Loo and David White on violin and viola; “Loch Lomond” by Jonathan Quick; and “Silhouettes,” arranged by Tom Gentry.

Following the concert, attendees are invited to a reception in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer, hosted by the students “as a gesture of appreciation for all of the assistance given to them in preparation for the journey to Scotland,” according to Wilner.

“It is because of the heritage of service and legacy of learning at Maryville College that the members of the Concert Choir have this unique educational and performance opportunity,” Wilner said. “International travel initiatives build intercultural competency and knowledge of the international community, not to mention a sense of global citizenship. The students, their families and their descendents will be forever changed because of this great gift.”

The concert is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10 to help support the Concert Choir's upcoming trip to Scotland.

For more information about the concert, please contact 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 1,198.