Community Chorus, MC ensembles to present “More American Echoes”

April 25, 2014

The Maryville College Community Chorus will join forces with the College’s student choral ensembles to present “More American Echoes” on Tues., May 6 at 7:30 p.m in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall.

The spring concert is free and open to the public.

The Maryville College Community Chorus, under the direction of Choral Director Alan Eleazer, will perform several selections, including Randall Thompson’s “The Road Not Taken,” “When I Hear Music” by Michael G. Martin, “West Side Story Medley” by Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein, and “Three Madrigals” by Emma Lou Diemer. Peggy Rogers will serve as accompanist.

This established chorus of more than 50 singers has a strong tradition of presenting quality choral music and frequently joins other area community ensembles in performances. The chorus performs 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.

Stacey Wilner, coordinator of choral music at Maryville College, and Ashley Abbott, choral assistant and fine arts recruiter, direct the College’s small ensembles, including Off Kilter, Lads and Lassies.

Lassies, an all-women’s ensemble, will perform “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” arranged by Pete Schmutte, and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” arranged by Ed Lojeski.

Lads, an all-men’s group, will perform “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” arranged by Roger Emerson, and “Sing, Sing, Sing,” arranged by Philip Kern.

Off Kilter, a 13-member SATB a cappella ensemble that presents more recent music and arrangements by the King’s Singers, will join the Lads and Lassies to perform “Down in the River,” arranged by Marc A. Hafso. The performance will include soloists Serena Hughes and Bethany Plaag.

Eleazer will direct the combined ensembles during performances of “Choose Something Like a Star” by Randall Thompson and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” arranged by Peter Wilhousky.

Wilner will direct the combined ensembles in “The Last Words of David” by Randall Thompson.

Accompanists include MC sophomore Josh Sumter on the organ, MC Concert Choir assistant Jill Purvis on the piano and MC sophomore Amber Nejme on percussion.

"It is difficult to define what is truly American music because our history is so closely entwined with that of many different cultures around the globe – our ‘musical melting pot’ reflects so many elements of European tonality and texture, African rhythmic and form, and countless other influences,” Wilner said. “This concert, which spans the generations of participants by the inclusion of the Community Chorus and the college students, will also feature a variety of choral and vocal music from the last 200 years. From American spirituals and folksongs, to settings of American poetry, to contemporary arrangements, this program will allow the attendees to experience in one evening the vast span and variety of style that we call ‘American Music.’”

By Chloe Kennedy, Assistant Director of Communications


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.