MC Homecoming Choir to perform Oct. 21

MC Homecoming Choir to perform Oct. 21

Sept. 25, 2017

The Maryville College Homecoming Choir will present its annual concert on Sat., Oct. 21, as part of the College’s Homecoming festivities.

The choir, which features current and former MC choir members, as well as students in the Maryville College Concert Choir, will begin at 11 a.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.

The Homecoming Choir concert, which is one of the most popular events annually at Homecoming, will feature guest director Dr. Jim Daugherty ’70. Also directing the choir is Stacey Murphy Wilner, director of choral activities and lecturer in music at Maryville College. Chaz Barber ’71 is serving as Homecoming Choir coordinator.

Daugherty retired this year from the University of Kansas, where he directed the graduate programs in choral and voice pedagogy. Prior to university teaching, he served simultaneously as Presbyterian pastor and high school choral director in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia. An expert in the acoustics of choir singing, he has authored over 80 articles and book chapters and has been honored nationally and internationally for his research and teaching.

April Martin '08 will be a featured soloist. Praised for her "infinitely pleasing soprano" by KC Metropolis, Martin is at home on both the operatic and concert stage. In May 2017, she completed her time as a resident artist with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, where she made role debuts as the "flirtatious Barbarina" in Le nozze di Figaro, and "maximized a brief moment as a rather insouciant Dew Fairy to excellent effect" (Kansas City Star) in Hänsel und Gretel. Other recent highlights include Kitty Hart in Dead Man Walking, Governess in The Turn of the Screw and an American Art Song Recital. She returns to the Bar Harbor Music Festival in July 2017 to debut Norina in Donizetti's Don Pasquale and will be an Emerging Artist with Virginia Opera for the 2017-2018 season.  A member of the Maryville College class of 2008 with a degree in music education, she is also a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music. 

Information Sessions planned for "Limerick Sings" Choir Festival

Just before the Homecoming Choir concert begins, a representative from Perform International Tours will present an information session on the “Limerick Sings” Choir Festival in Limerick, Ireland. The session will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sat., Oct. 17 in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theater. The festival is open to and designed for singers and non-singers alike, which can be community members, faculty, staff, alumni, interested students, parents and other friends. The festival takes place June 5-10, 2018 and includes post-festival tour options as well. There will also be additional information sessions presented in the Harry H. Harter Choral Rehearsal Room at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 17.

For more information, please view the "Limerick Sings" flyer.


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 2017 semester is 1,181.