MC to host Invitational Choir Festival Nov. 9

MC to host Invitational Choir Festival Nov. 9

Oct. 25, 2013
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer

The Maryville College Concert Choir will host an Invitational Choir Festival on Sat., Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.

This semester’s festival will serve as a benefit for the Blount County Boys & Girls Club.

“Everyone benefits from the work done by the Boys & Girls Club,” said Stacey Wilner, coordinator of choral music at Maryville College. “When we help our young people better themselves, we are actually helping our own community, because these kids are our future neighbors, civic leaders and voters.”

Participants include choirs from Alcoa High School, directed by Trent Gilmore ‘85; Lenoir City High School, directed by Phil Holloway; South Doyle High School, directed by John Maples; Powell High School, directed by Jim Kennedy; Pellissippi State Community College, directed by Bill Brewer; the Maryville College Concert Choir and Off Kilter, directed by Wilner; and the Highlander Chorale, directed by Jill Purvis.

“As musicians, we believe in the powerful role that music can play in self-development,” Wilner said. “The study of music helps to develop pathways in the brain for higher academic success, enhances self-confidence and teaches self-discipline. The students in the MC Concert Choir want to value their music experience enough to want to help the Boys & Girls Club expand their music offerings. Through the common bond of music, we want to help give the children in our community a brighter future.”

The concert is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for music programming at the Blount County Boys & Girls Club.

A reception in the Clayton Center's William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer will follow the performance.

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.