VOP to perform reunion concert in Woodstock, Ga.

April 12, 2012
Contact: Karen Eldridge, Director of Communications
865.981.8207; karen.eldridge@maryvillecollege.edu

The Maryville College Voices of Praise (VOP) Gospel Choir will celebrate 20 years of worship and performance in a reunion worship concert, beginning at 7 p.m., April 21 at Woodstock Community Church in Woodstock, Ga. The church is located at 237 Rope Mill Road.

The performance is free and open to the public.

The VOP choir is made up of MC students, alumni of the College and area musicians and is led by the College’s director of multicultural affairs, Larry Ervin. Ervin, who is an alum of the College himself, organized the first Voices of Praise choir in 1991 and has served as its director ever since.

“The diversity of the choir takes a new turn every year,” said Ervin. “This year we have enjoyed students from different parts of the U.S., as well as international students from Nigeria and France. God continues to amaze and bless our efforts in His name.”

Over its 20-year history, Voices of Praise has recorded six CDs, five DVDs and performed hundreds of concerts as far north as New York, N.Y., and as far south as Miami, Fla.

Woodstock Community Church was the first out-of-state church family VOP worshipped with back in 1993. This year’s service with Woodstock will also be recorded in the church’s brand new worship center.

The choir will minister through songs made famous by Pastor Marvin Sapp, Joshua’s Troop and Minister Kirk Franklin.

“For 20 years the Lord has blessed our students, staff and community members to form a family of worship and praise like none other,” Ervin said. “We thank God for His favor and invite our alumni in the Atlanta and surrounding areas to come and join in the festivities.”

More events celebrating VOP’s 20th year are being planned for the Maryville College campus and the Washington, D.C. area.

For more information on the reunion concerts, contact Ervin at 865.981.8222 or larry.ervin@maryvillecollege.edu.


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 2014 semester is 1,213.