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Bicentennial Concert

January 24
7 pm
Clayton Center for the Arts, Lambert Recital Hall

The MC Division of Fine Arts will present a "Bicentennial Concert" featuring performances by members of the Tartanband, the MC Concert Choir and Off Kilter. This concert is one of a series of upcoming music events associated with the College’s Bicentennial celebration in 2019 and will feature stories submitted by former choir members about their time as members of the choral program at Maryville College. The event is free and open to the public.


Bicentennial Kick-Off for Students

January 28
6 pm

Clayton Center for the Arts

Bicentennial Kick-Off for Students and Robert Burns Dinner

“Voices of the Valley”

February 2
2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Clayton Center for the Arts, Location

Written by Joyce Williams Leo '62, this play is based on interviews gathered in in a joint effort by Dr. Shirley Carr Clowney '58, Alcoa historian, and Dr. Susan Ambler, Maryville College sociology professor, who documented the lives of the Deep South African-American men and their families and descendants who were recruited to work in the pot rooms of ALCOA. Please note: the 2 p.m. performance will be held in the Haslam Family Flexible Theatre and the 7 p.m. performance will be held in the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. Tickets are free and can be picked up at the Clayton Center Box Office.

Isaac Anderson Cabin Dedication

February 8
3 p.m.
Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, Townsend

Join us at the Smoky Mountains Heritage Center for the official opening of the Isaac Anderson Cabin. All are invited to attend the ribbon-cutting which will begin at 3 p.m.

“MC Day on Capitol Hill”

February 25
State Capitol

Maryville College will be recognized at the beginning of the state legislative session.

Providing Access to Education: Maryville College's Enduring Commitment

February 26
5 p.m.

Woolworth on Fifth

In its 200th year, Maryville College reflects on its historic commitments to diversity and integrated education and their importance in the 21st century. Maryville College alumni and friends are cordially invited to a reception and panel discussion.  Voices of Praise, Maryville College’s gospel choir, will also perform. RSVP to the College’s Advancement Office at 865.981.8305 or nancy.clendenin@maryvillecollege.edu

Choir Tour “Make Our Garden Grow”

March 6-11

The Maryville College Concert Choir will travel to Florida for their annual Choir Tour during Spring Break. For more information and to see a full schedule, visit here.

Bicentennial Bike Tour

March 8-15
Rockbridge County, Va. To Grassy Valley, Tenn.

As part of the Bicentennial celebration this year’s bike trip will trace the likely route Isaac Anderson used to travel from SW Virginia to East Tennessee – all by the way of pedal power. The tour leaves Friday, March 8 and will return Friday, March 15!

February Meetings

March 24
7 p.m.
Clayton Center for the Arts

Dr. Todne Thomas from Harvard Divinity School will speak. The Tie that Binds - On Faithful Families and Families of Faith: The Collective Spirituality of Black Evangelical.

Historical Program at Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

March 26
2 p.m.
Townsend, Tennessee

Dr. Aaron Astor will present a Bicentennial History program at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

hike related to MC history

March 30
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountain National Park hike to Bote Mountain. For more information call 865-981-8125.

Self-Guided History Hikes »

Alpha Psi Omega production “Sturdy as a Rock: Our Bicentennial Story”

March 30 | 2 pm & 8 pm
March 31 | 2 pm & 8 pm
Clayton Center for the Arts, Haslam Family Flexible Theatre

“Sturdy as a Rock: Our Bicentennial Story” is written and directed by MC theatre major Leonard Lively ’19 as part of his senior thesis. Maryville College is celebrating its bicentennial in 2019. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors (ages 60 and older) and students. Admission is free for Maryville College faculty, staff and students, but a printed ticket is required.

Bicentennial Book available

Pre-order a copy now by visiting here.

Tartan Tuesday, 1819 minutes of giving

April 1-2

Stay tuned for more details!


Brown Bag Lecture

April 3
East Tennessee History Center

601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, Tenn.

Dr. Aaron Astor from Maryville College will present at the East Tennessee History Center. This free event begins at noon and all participants are invited to bring a "brown bag" lunch.


“Our Stories On Stage”

April 22-23 | 8 pm
Clayton Center for the Arts, Haslam Family Flex Theatre

MC students in a playwriting/improv class will present two nights of original plays. There is no cost to attend.

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May 4
Maryville College Campus

Baccalaureate services for the Class of 2019 are planned for Saturday, May 4, 10:00 a.m. in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre of the Clayton Center for the Arts.

Graduation exercises for the Class of 2019 will be held later that same day at 3:30 p.m. on the lawn between Anderson Hall and Sutton Science Center (lineup at 2:30 p.m.).

Smoky Mtn Highland Games

May 18-19
Maryville College Campus

For more information about this year's festival and games, visit here.

Historic Homes Tour

June 8, 1-5 p.m.
Location: College Hill Neighborhood, various houses

Historic College Hill Neighborhood Association’s Homes Tour, Maryville (featuring homes built or once lived in by key College figures). Tickets are $15 each or 2/$25. Tickets can be purchased at any of the homes on the tour. Map and full schedule coming soon!

Community Event

August 10
Clayton Center Plaza, Maryville

Everyone is invited to this free event from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. We will have food trucks, kids activities, campus tours, and the premiere of our Bicentennial video that includes lots of never-before-seen historical footage.

Community Worship Service

August 18
Clayton Center for the Arts
7 p.m.

The College-Community Worship Service will celebrate our 200 years of shared service and mission featuring choir members from local churches.  Each church is invited to send members of their choir to process (in choir robes if that's your tradition) and sing as a massed choir. If interested, please contact Alan Eleazer at alan.eleazer@maryvillecollege.edu. To RSVP or for more information, please contact: kathleenfarnham@maryvillecollege.edu or (865) 981-8217


August 22
Clayton Center for the Arts
11 a.m.

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Trillium Concert

September 28, 7:30 p.m.
Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall
Clayton Center for the Arts

The Trillium Piano Trio will give a free performance at 7:30 p.m., Sat., Sept. 28 in the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall of the Clayton Center. John Wesley Wright ’87 will be joining the group as a special guest. John Wesley Wright, tenor, is the coordinator of the voice and opera workshop programs at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md., and co-director of the Broadway program at the Maryland Summer Center for the Arts. He is an active clinician, consultant and leader of workshops on voice production, song interpretation and African American song tradition.  He is known for his artistic and soulful interpretations of music from baroque to Broadway. Holding degrees from Maryville College and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, his diversity as an artist has afforded him nationally televised concerts for the Belgian Royal Family (Brussels, Belgium) and the Kennedy clan (New Ross, Ireland), as well as tours as a soloist and with professional ensembles throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. While at Maryville College, he sang with the Maryville College Concert Choir, appeared in several theatre productions and danced with the Appalachian Ballet Company. He is a recipient of the 2007 Distinguished Choir Alumni Award.

Southern Appalachian Study Series

September 30
Blount County Public Library, Maryville
7 p.m.

Southern Appalachian Study Series, Blount County Public Library

hike related to MC history

October 12
Time TBA

Great Smoky Mountain National Park hike to Thunderhead/Rocky Top. For more information call 865-981-8125.

Self-Guided History Hikes »


October 19-20
Maryville College Campus

Join us for Homecoming 2019 as we celebrate 200 years of Maryville College. Click here for a full schedule of events.

Bicentennial Gala

October 19, 7:30 p.m.
Clayton Center for the Arts

Join us as we celebrate the Bicentennial of Maryville College. This event is a celebration for everyone! The College will commemorate its actual founding date during the Bicentennial year with a special event.

Part one of the celebration is interactive and invites guests to move from the Lambert Recital Hall to the Plaza to the William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer.  There will be hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a cash bar to enjoy. Part two takes place in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre and includes guest speakers, a storyteller, musical performances, short films, student performances, a reveal and other surprises!  Each guest will receive a unique MC commemorative gift.

Please join us for this event, 200 years in the making.  Dress up or dress down, just come as you are!

Shuttles will be available to the Clayton Center from campus.

Tickets are $25 each and must be purchased by 6 p.m., October 18. Click here to purchase tickets.

“To Know You” play about Susan Wiley Walker

Friday, November 1, 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 2, 3 p.m.

Clayton Center for the Arts, Lambert Recital Hall

Written and directed by Nashville playwright Mary Donnet Johnson. Sponsored by RT Lodge.

Play synopsis: "A few weeks before the Maryville College Bicentennial, an earnest young archivist races against the clock to flesh out the bare facts she’s found about an almost forgotten figure in the college’s history -- Susan Wiley Walker. Though Mrs. Walker was a generous benefactor in the 1930s and 40s, clues to her life at the college are surprisingly scarce. Just as the archivist makes an important discovery, the benevolent ghost of Mrs. Walker appears and conjures a series of entertaining characters from her era who emerge from the dusty files to bring their stories to life. As this mystical journey unfolds, we are taught important lessons about the value of connection and the wisdom of preserving our precious past."

Read the story about the play!

The performance is free, but a printed ticket from the Clayton Center Box Office is required for admission. For tickets, which will be available Sept. 1, please visit the Box Office or call 865.981.8590.

Messiah Performance Presented by Clayton Homes

Friday, December 6
8 p.m.

Clayton Center for the Arts, Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre

Maryville College student and community ensembles will join forces to present Handel's "Messiah." Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors (60 and older) and students. Tickets are available for purchase at the Clayton Center Box Office, 865-981-8590.


Maryville Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 7
11 a.m.

Downtown Maryville

Maryville College will participate in the Blount County Jaycee's Maryville Christmas parade. (Rain Date: Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m.)