MC Youth Choirs to present spring concerts

April 24, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer

The Youth Choirs of Maryville College will present two spring concerts in May. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

The Scots Chorale, an ensemble of intermediate and middle school-aged singers directed by Martha Robinson, will perform on Mon., May 7 at 6 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. Maryville College’s newest ensembles, the Lads and the Lassies, will also perform.

The Scots Chorale will perform a variety of musical selections, including Thomas Morley's madrigal "Now is the Month of Maying," a Greg Gilpin contemporary setting of "Adoramus Te" and a French folk song titled "J'entend le Moulin."

“The final selection from the Scots Chorale will resound the plea for peace on earth in Andy Beck's composition ‘Let There Be Peace,’” Robinson said.

Featured selections for the Lads and the Lassies include two hits from the late 1950s: “Silhouettes” by Bob Crewe/Frank Slay and “Lollipop” by Beverly Ross/Julius Dixon.

The Highlander Chorale, a high school ensemble directed by Jill Purvis, will perform with Maryville College’s small vocal ensemble, Off Kilter, on Thurs., May 10 at 6 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall.

The Highlander Chorale will perform a selection of folk songs, including the Irish folk song "The Salley Gardens' Red, Red Rose" by Joseph Martin, as well as the Appalachian Folk Song "Old Joe Clark" by Neil Johnson. According to Purvis, the finale, “Come to the Music” by Joseph Martin, is “a true celebration of music” featuring students on percussion and piccolo.

Featured selections for Off Kilter include “Longest Time” by Billy Joel, “Lonesome Road” by James Taylor and “In My Life” by John Lennon/Paul McCartney.

For more information about either concert, please contact Stacey Wilner, coordinator of choral music at Maryville College, at or 865.981.8151.

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.