MC Concert Choir to perform at state music convention in Chattanooga

April 2, 2013
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
865.981.8209; chloe.kennedy@maryvillecollege.edu

The Maryville College Concert Choir has been selected to be a featured performer at the Tennessee Music Education Association’s (TMEA) annual convention on Fri., April 12 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The choir was selected through a competitive blind audition process last summer, when ensembles throughout the state were invited to submit recordings for consideration.

“For a small liberal arts college to be competitive on this level demonstrates the work ethic, talent and commitment of the students in the Concert Choir,” said Stacey Wilner, coordinator of choral music at Maryville College. “The TMEA convention is a professional development conference for public school music educators in the state of Tennessee, so we are especially honored to be selected to perform at such a prestigious event.”

Additionally, Maryville College senior Eric Hill ’13 has been selected to attend the Tennessee American Choral Directors Association’s student conducting workshop during the convention. Hill is one of three students chosen through a statewide screening process to participate in the workshop, which will be led by G. Phillip Schoultz, an accomplished conductor, educator, vocalist and speaker. The group will also work with a demonstration choir from Signal Mountain Middle/High School, under the direction of Jan Johnson.

While the TMEA convention performance is not open to the public, people living in the Chattanooga area are invited to hear the Maryville College Concert Choir perform at 7 p.m., Fri., April 12 at Rivermont Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga.

The event, which is part of the Concert Choir’s 2013 “We Are Not Alone” spring tour, will include a performance of Pepper Choplin’s “You Are Not Alone,” which is the inspiration for the tour theme. Other selections include “Salvation is Created” by Pavel Tschesnokoff; “The Lamb” by John Tavener; “Prayer of the Children” by Kurt Bestor; and “Witness” by Jack Halloran.

A reception for alumni and friends will follow the performance. Attendees will have an opportunity to talk to MC President Dr. Tom Bogart and meet Matt Jagnow, MC’s new director of alumni affairs and outreach.

If you plan to attend the reception, please RSVP to Marde Soutullo at 865.981.8200 or marde.soutullo@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.