“Let the River Run” is theme for 2017 spring choir tour

“Let the River Run” is theme for 2017 spring choir tour

Feb. 15, 2017

“Let the River Run” is the theme of the Maryville College Concert Choir’s 2017 Spring Choir Tour. Performances are scheduled this spring for churches in East Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.

The program will include “Emerald Stream” by Seth Houston, set in a Shaker style; “Hope for Resolution,” a combination of European chant and anti-apartheid African (Zulu) song; “Amor de Mi Alma” (Love of My Soul) by Randall Stroope, which is the setting of a text by Spanish poet Garcialso de la Vega (1503-1536); “Boyo Balu” a Portuguese lullaby set by Dale Warland; selections from the “Liebeslieder Walzer” (Love Song Waltzes) by Johannes Brahms; and “Balleilakka” by A.R. Rahman, from the Tamil film “Sivaji.” 

“Rivers are an ever-moving constant in our lives, often used to symbolize the irreversible passage of time and the interconnectivity of all people and cultures,” said Stacey Wilner, director of choral activities at Maryville College, about this year’s theme. “Civilizations are born along waterways so that people can be connected to one another. Similar to how a heart pumps blood through the veins and arteries, so do rivers, oceans and lakes provide life for the birth and growth of varying cultures.

“Even in the Bible, Revelation 22:1 states ‘And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as a crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb,’” Wilner continued. “The river is also one of the most beautiful symbols of the Holy Spirit, that which connects us all. Especially in these trying political times, it is important to continue to focus on what brings us together in this ‘human experience’ we call life. Our intent is to present a musical interpretation of this concept of unity by presenting music from many differing cultures, emphasizing the connectedness that binds us all.”

Since the 1940s, Maryville College choir members have spent their Spring Break on tour. Last year’s tour took the choir to Scotland. 

Tour Send-off, Homecoming Concerts Scheduled

The traditional Choir Tour Send-Off is scheduled for Wed., March 15 at 12:15 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer. The choir will perform a mini-concert, which is free and open to the public. Also during the event, the choir will sell its new Christmas CD, titled “A Celtic Christmas."

The choir’s annual homecoming concerts are scheduled for March 30-31 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. The concerts are free and open to the public. 

Tour Itinerary

  • March 5, 7 p.m.: Westminster Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, Tenn. 
  • March 15, 12:15 p.m.: Choir Tour Send-Off, Clayton Center for the Arts’ William Baxter Lee Grand Foyer, Maryville, Tenn.
  • March 15, 7 p.m.: Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, Black Mountain, N.C.
  • March 16, 7 p.m.: Shandon Presbyterian Church, Columbia, S.C. (MC alumnus Dwight Dockery ’05 is the Director of Children's and Youth Music)
  • March 17, 7 p.m.: Little Chapel on the Boardwalk, Wrightsville Beach, N.C.
  • March 19, 10:30 a.m.: Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, N.C. (MC alumna Rev. Dr. Debbie Kirk ’78 is the Associate Pastor for Spiritual Growth and Nurture)
  • March 19, 3 p.m.: Carolina Meadows Retirement Community, Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • March 30 & 31, 7 p.m.: Homecoming Concert, Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall, Maryville, Tenn.
  • April 22, 2:15 p.m.: Off Kilter, Lads and Lassies at Rossini Festival, Knoxville, Tenn.
  • May 7, 6 p.m.: New Providence Presbyterian Church, Maryville, Tenn.

All concerts are free and open to the public. For more information about this year’s choir tour, please contact Wilner at 865.981.8151.

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 2016 semester is 1,197.