Why study Music at MC?

Located in the new Clayton Center for the Arts, the Maryville College Music Department offers a comprehensive, NASM-accredited music curriculum within the acclaimed Maryville College liberal arts experience. The National Association of Schools of Music is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities with approximately 650 accredited institutional members.  It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for music and music-related disciplines, and provides assistance to institutions and individuals engaged in artistic, scholarly, educational, and other music-related endeavors.  For more information click NASM.  Students at Maryville College will receive expert instruction in music theory, music history, and performance. Our five music majors‚ the Bachelor of Arts in Music, the Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Choral), the Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Instrumental), the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, the Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition‚ provide ample preparation and flexibility for the pursuit of careers involving music or graduate school.

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

On-campus Opportunities

Maryville College Concert Choir
Off-Kilter A capella Vocal Ensemble
Lads & Lassies Men’s & Women’s Choirs
Maryville College Community Choir
Maryville College Symphony Orchestra
Maryville College Chamber Orchestra
MC3Band Community Symphonic Band
Tartanband Wind Ensemble
Maryville College Jazz Ensemble

Meet a current student

Ethan Morrison ’18
Hometown: Lenoir City, Tenn.

Music is a huge part of Ethan’s life at Maryville College. In addition to studying music education, he is a member of the Concert Choir, Off Kilter and the Concert Band. He believes those experiences will help him be a better teacher and church music leader. “Whether you are an instrumentalist or vocalist, the College has groups for you to be involved with. And if you don’t know how to play an instrument or sing, you have opportunities to learn. I took voice lessons for the first time during my freshman year. The teachers here are outstanding, and the College is a wonderful environment to learn in.”

Outcomes of Recent Gradsclick or touch to open

Featured Graduate

Emily Emadian Guthe ’09
Currently: Music Therapist at the Cleveland Clinic

After graduating from Maryville College, Emily went on to earn master’s degrees in choral conducting from the University of Tennessee and music therapy from the University of Iowa. Following her internship at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Emily received a job offer from the renowned Cleveland Clinic, where she has worked since August 2016. “Music therapy is my passion, and I am fortunate to be able to work in my field every day,” she said. “Maryville College gave me the wonderful foundation upon which I was able to build all my skills. My time at Maryville taught me hard work and dedication and pushed me to explore areas that I would not have, otherwise.”

Laura Atkinson Steigerwalt ’05
Currently: American mezzo-soprano performing in both the United States and Europe

After graduating from MC, Laura continued her education
at Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music, earning a master of music degree in vocal performance. In 2010, she was awarded a Fulbright grant to study in Germany and since then, has performed with various orchestras in the U.S. and Europe. “Maryville College provided a truly invaluable basis for my career as a professional musician. The intimate structure of the program allowed for close mentorship and guidance, in such a way that would not have been possible at a larger university,” she said. “At Maryville, I felt like a valuable member of both the music program and the school at large; it instilled a confidence in me that has carried me through many aspects of my career that followed, and I continue to feel that support today.”

Graduate School Placements

Belmont University
Duke University Divinity School
East Carolina University
East Tennessee State University
Liberty University
University of Iowa
University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Yale Institute for Sacred Music

Faculty & Staff

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Dr. William Swann

Professor of Music
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Dr. Sheri Matascik

Associate Professor of Music
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Ms. Stacey Wilner

Senior Lecturer in Music, Director of Choral Activities
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Dr. Alicia Massie-Legg

Lecturer in Music
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Dr. Eric Simpson

Lecturer in Music Education and Director of Bands
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Ms. Rachel Acuff

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Piano/Keyboard and Oboe
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Mr. Ashley Burell

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Organ and Harpsichord
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Mr. Alan Eleazer

Conductor, Community Chorus; Adjunct Instructor of Music, Voice
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Ms. Sarah Fellenbaum

Adjunct Instructor, Music
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Mr. Chase Hatmaker

Adjunct Choral Assistant
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Ms. Gina Milligan

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Piano/Keyboard
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Mr. Harold Nagge

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Guitar
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Mr. Shaun Schuetz

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Percussion
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Ms. Meredith Simpson

Adjunct Instructor of Music. French Horn
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Ms. Megan Tipton

Adjunct Music Lessons - Strings
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Ms. Ashley Maynard

Choral Assistant
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