Paul Phoenix is MC’s 2016 artist-in-residence

Paul Phoenix is MC’s 2016 artist-in-residence

Dec. 16, 2015

Paul Phoenix, a Grammy Award-winning singer and former member of the internationally acclaimed ensemble The King’s Singers, will be Maryville College’s artist-in-residence Jan. 19 through Feb. 5, 2016.

While on campus, Phoenix will host workshops with Maryville College’s student ensembles, including the Concert Choir, Off Kilter, Lads and Lassies. He will also host day and evening sessions for Maryville College’s community ensembles, as well as area high school, community college and church ensembles. After his campus visit, he will travel to Chattanooga to work with choral ensembles.

On Fri., Jan. 29, Maryville College will host a “Choir Festival featuring Paul Phoenix.” Phoenix will serve as guest director during the festival, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall and will include performances by the following MC ensembles: Concert Choir, Lads, Lassies and Off Kilter. Area choirs that participate in January workshops with Phoenix will also perform. Tickets are $5 (free for MC students, faculty and staff, although a printed ticket is required for admission). To purchase tickets, please call the Clayton Center Box Office at 865.981.8590.

On Sun., Feb. 7 at 4 p.m., Phoenix will serve as a guest clinician during the “Treble Festival” at Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville. The choir festival features the treble voices and youth choir of Church Street United Methodist Church, along with choristers from other area churches.

Phoenix, a tenor from Cambridge, England, began his musical education as a boy chorister with the Choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. After graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music in 1991, he worked as a freelance singer and coach throughout the UK and Europe for six years. In 1997, he joined The King’s Singers, one of the world’s most distinguished vocal ensembles. Averaging more than 130 concerts annually, Phoenix has sung in many of the world’s greatest concert halls. In 2009, he won a Grammy for his part in co-producing and performing on the CD “Simple Gifts.” He was featured on the 2011 Grammy-winning recording “Light and Gold,” with music by American composer Eric Whitacre, and in 2013, The King’s Singers were voted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame for the ensemble’s 45 years of recording and performing excellence. In 2014, after 17 years and nearly 2,000 concerts with the ensemble, he left The King’s Singers and founded Purple Vocals, which offers “a range of services, from vocal and ensemble coaching - online or in person with Paul - to corporate engagement workshops, giving musicians and non-musicians of all abilities the opportunity to learn about the ‘art’ of performance, audience/public connection and communication.”

Phoenix recently launched a new solo album, titled “Journey,” which is available on his website, as well as on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.

In February 2015, Phoenix visited Maryville College and held workshops for MC's student choral ensembles.

"As the tenor voice in the King's Singers for 17 years, Paul has a wealth of experience and knowledge to share,” said Stacey Wilner, director of choral activities at Maryville College. “He is a brilliant musician and a wonderful communicator who is also very approachable and personable to work with in almost any situation. Paul delighted and inspired our singers last February during his brief visit, and we are very excited about being able to host him as an artist-in-residence at Maryville College this year. This will be a fantastic opportunity for lovers of choral music in the East Tennessee area."

For more information about Phoenix’s visit, please contact Wilner at 865.981.8151 or

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 2018 semester is 1,154.