Fall rehearsals announced for College's community music ensembles

Aug. 21, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
865.981.8209; chloe.kennedy@maryvillecollege.edu

Rehearsals for the 2012-13 concert season will begin soon for three Maryville College music ensembles that welcome the participation of community musicians and singers.

The Orchestra at Maryville College, under the direction of Maestro Bill Robinson, will begin fall rehearsals for its 2012-13 concert season on Mon., Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.

A college and community ensemble, the Orchestra at Maryville College brings live symphonic performances to the public stage four times per season.

Rehearsals will be held on Mondays from 7 until 9 p.m. and will focus on preparation for a fall concert on Mon., Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre, as well as a joint holiday concert with the Maryville College Community Chorus on Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m., also in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.

The Orchestra's Fall Concert will feature the music of American composers: William Schuman's New England Triptych is based on three pieces by William Billings, an American composer during the Revolutionary War period; Aaron Copland's famous Variations on a Shaker Melody from Appalachian Spring; a medley of George Gershwin tunes; and Symphony No. 2, the "Romantic" symphony of Howard Hanson.

Auditions for the MC Orchestra’s annual Showcase of Area Artists will be held on Dec. 1. More details will be announced at a later date.

Robinson, who teaches orchestra at Coulter Grove Intermediate School in the Maryville City School system, is in his 7th season of conducting the Orchestra. After receiving bachelor's and master's degrees in music education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Robinson began his orchestral teaching career in the Maryville City Schools system in 1978. Under Robinson's leadership, the Maryville City Schools orchestra program has developed into a nationally recognized music program. In 2011, Robinson was recognized for this contribution and was honored by the Yale University School of Music as a Distinguished Music Educator. A former member of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, he continues to perform as a violinist throughout the community.

“The joy of bringing classical symphonic music to Maryville College and our community has created a lifetime of memorable relationships and artistic experiences,” said Robinson, who has had a long association with Maryville College, extending back to his parents, MC alumni William and Millie Robinson.

For more information, please contact Robinson at william.robinson@maryvillecollege.edu or the Division of Fine Arts office at 865.981.8150.

The Maryville College Community Chorus, under the direction of Alan Eleazer, will begin fall rehearsals for its 2012-13 season at 7 p.m., Tues., Sept. 4 in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harry H. Harter Choral Rehearsal Room.

Rehearsals will be held on Tuesdays from 7 until 9 p.m. and will focus on preparation for a joint holiday concert with the Orchestra at Maryville College on Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.

“This fall, the chorus will be preparing an eclectic blend of Christmas music from the masters, such as J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi and George Handel and many other traditional and well known carols,” Eleazer said.

The chorus is open to all area singers of all talent levels above the age of 16. Music reading experience is helpful but not required. Registration and music for the choir will be available at the first rehearsal.

This established chorus of over 50 singers has a strong tradition of presenting quality choral music and frequently joins other community ensembles such as the Maryville College youth choirs and the Orchestra at Maryville College.

The chorus performs quality literature of various styles and genres in the highest caliber and often features the music of area composers and arrangers, as well as the classic gems of the masters. The chorus is usually joined by the full Orchestra at Maryville College during its concerts.

Alan Eleazer is in his fifth season as conductor of the chorus, having been a professional musician, conductor and college educator in the East Tennessee area for more than 30 years. In addition to serving as a guest conductor at Maryville College, Eleazer chairs the music faculty of Hiwassee College in Madisonville and has directed the music programs of Concord United Methodist Church in Farragut, Church Street United Methodist in Knoxville and First United Methodist of Oak Ridge.

For more information, please contact Eleazer at alan.eleazer@maryvillecollege.edu or Stacey Wilner, coordinator of choral music, at stacey.wilner@maryvillecollege.edu or 865.981.8151.

The Maryville College-Community Concert Band will begin fall rehearsals for its 2012-13 concert season on Wed., Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.

Rehearsals, which will be held on Wednesdays from 7 until 9 p.m., will focus on preparation for a Nov. 8 Fall Concert, which will be held in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre. Area musicians who play a wind or percussion instrument are encouraged to join. Serious high school participants are also welcome.

The MC-Community Concert Band was established in 1992 by MC Associate Professor of Music Dr. Larry Smithee, who retired in May 2012. The band is delighted to welcome Tom Delozier as its new director. Delozier, who is the director of bands for Coulter Grove Intermediate School, has been a music educator for Maryville City Schools since 1991. He earned a bachelor of science in instrumental music from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he was a member of the “Pride of the Southland Band” (his primary instrument was the tuba). He also served as the band’s drum major, under the direction of Dr. W.J. Julian.

Delozier earned a master’s degree in administration and supervision and is an active member of the Music Educators National Conference, Phi Mu Alpha, the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, the Tennessee Bandmaster’s Association and the National Band Association.

For additional details, please contact Delozier at tom.delozier@maryvillecollege.edu or the Division of Fine Arts office at 865.981.8150.