November 5, 2003
Karen B. Eldridge, Director of News and Public Information
Voices of Praise (VOP), Maryville College's gospel choir, will be recording a new CD, video and DVD entitled "When We All Get To Heaven" at 3 p.m., Nov. 9 at Mother Love Missionary Baptist Church in Louisville.
A dinner will be served on the grounds around 5 p.m. All are welcome.
The choir will perform works by the Chicago Mass Choir, Fred Hammonds, Donald Lawrence, Hezekiah Walker and two arrangements – "When We All Get to Heaven" and "Great News" – by Larry Ervin, VOP founder and director.
" Even though we sing black gospel tunes, I want all of God's children to be there – not just African-Americans," Ervin said. "I'm praying that we can fill the church."
Ervin, the College's director of multicultural affairs, organized the first VOP ensemble in 1991 and has served as its director for 12 consecutive years. Today, approximately 25 students and alumni musicians make up the choir.
Rusty Chambers, an engineer with Murlin's Music is in charge of the audio recording; Bass Recording in Madisonville has been hired to film. The CD will be the first the group has recorded in nearly five years.
CDs, videos and DVDs are expected to go on sale in mid-January.
For more information, contact Ervin at 865.981.8222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Directions to the church: Take exit 9 off Pellissippi Parkway or turn onto Topside Road off of Hwy. 129. Travel to Wrights Ferry Road on opposite side of road from All-American Car Wash. Turn onto Wrights Ferry and pass Meadow Land apartment complex on the left. Travel .3 mile and look for church on left.
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 its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester was 1,168.