MC hosts Invitational High School Choir Festival

MC hosts Invitational High School Choir Festival

Oct. 10, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer

The Maryville College Division of Fine Arts will host its annual Invitational High School Choir Festival on Sat., Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre of the Clayton Center for the Arts. The event is held in conjunction with the “Meet Maryville” event hosted by Maryville College Admissions.

Titled “Music for Montvale,” this year’s festival is co-hosted by Harmony Adoptions, a non-profit that helps families through the adoption process, and will serve as a benefit concert for the non-profit’s Harmony Family Center at Montvale. The former YMCA Camp Montvale, which closed in 2005, was purchased by Harmony Adoptions this year and now serves as a unique therapeutic camp that benefits children adopted from foster care, their adoptive families and the community.

The Nov. 10 concert will include singers from area middle schools, high schools and community colleges.

Participating Blount County choirs include the Maryville Singers, directed by Ken Hawkins, and the Alcoa Concert Choir, directed by Trent Gilmore.

Representing Knox County will be the Powell Singers, directed by Jim Kennedy, and the South-Doyle Madrigal Singers, directed by John Maples.

Representing Loudon County will be the Lenoir City Singers, directed by Phil Holloway.

Pam Wolf of Harmony Adoptions will address the audience during the concert.

Also featured on the program will be the community high school choir based at Maryville College, the Highlander Chorale, under the direction of Jill Purvis. The program will end with performances by the Maryville College Concert Choir and vocal ensemble Off Kilter.

“Each choir will have a representative address the audience to briefly discuss the importance of working together, in ‘harmony’ so to speak, to support the needs of all the children in our community,” said Stacey Wilner, coordinator of choral music at Maryville College. “Every child should have the chance for a healthy, happy family-based childhood. The restoration of Camp Montvale will provide services and opportunities that will help to make this dream a reality for many children in East Tennessee.”

All participants, their friends and families are invited to attend a reception in the William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer immediately following the performances. Information about Maryville College and its fine arts programs will be available.

The concert is free and open to the public. Donation envelopes will be available for attendees who would like to make a donation to Harmony Adoptions to support the non-profit’s efforts.

For more information, 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 1,197.