Fall rehearsals announced for MC's community music ensembles

July 10, 2013
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
865.981.8209; chloe.kennedy@maryvillecollege.edu

Rehearsals for the 2013-14 concert season will begin in August for Maryville College’s community music ensembles.

The Orchestra at Maryville College, under the direction of Bill Robinson, will begin fall rehearsals for its 2013-14 concert season on Mon., Aug 26 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre. Rehearsals will be held on Mondays from 7 until 9 p.m.

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

A major change for the Orchestra this year involves moving its concerts to Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. The first performance, scheduled for Sun., Oct. 20, will feature music by Maryville native Jennifer Higdon. Mark Harrell of Knoxville will provide an orchestration of the “Horn Sonata” by a former MC professor, the late Victor Schoen. On Sun., Dec. 1, the Orchestra will join forces with the Maryville College Community Chorus for a holiday concert that will include seasonal favorites. Auditions for the annual “Showcase of Area Artists” will be held on Sat., Dec. 7.

Robinson is in his 8th season of conducting the Orchestra. After receiving his 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 his leadership, the Maryville City Schools orchestra program has developed into a nationally recognized music program. In 2011, Robinson was recognized for his 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 N. Robinson ‘52 and Mildred Cooper Robinson ‘53.

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 Concert Band, under the direction of Tom Delozier, will begin fall rehearsals for its 2013-14 concert season on Wed., Aug. 28 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. 14 Fall Concert, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. 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.

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 has 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@maryville-schools.org or 865.414.2215.

The Maryville College Community Chorus, under the direction of Alan Eleazer, will begin fall rehearsals for its 2013-14 season at 7 p.m., Tues., Sept. 3 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 Sun., Dec. 1 at 2:30 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts' Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.

"This fall, the chorus will be preparing an eclectic mix of classic Christmas and holiday music with the Orchestra at Maryville College, mostly arranged and orchestrated by famed English composer John Rutter," 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.

Alan Eleazer is in his sixth 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.

For more information, please contact Eleazer at alan.eleazer@maryvillecollege.edu or 865.382.4970, or Stacey Wilner, coordinator of choral music, at stacey.wilner@maryvillecollege.edu 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.