VOP choir to host gospel workshop featuring Kathy Bullock

VOP choir to host gospel workshop featuring Kathy Bullock

Oct. 3, 2017

Voices of Praise (VOP), Maryville College’s gospel choir, will host a gospel workshop featuring Berea College music professor Dr. Kathy Bullock Oct. 6-8, 2017 on the Maryville College campus. All events are free and open to the public.

Bullock is a professor of music and chair of the music department at Berea College, where she has worked for the past 26 years. She teaches music and general studies courses, directs the Black Music Ensemble, and has designed and completed new study abroad programs for Berea College students, traveling to Zimbabwe, Ghana and the Caribbean. As a scholar, performer and church music director, Bullock has provided numerous presentations, performances, lectures and workshops throughout the United States, Europe and Africa in the areas of spirituals, gospel music, and music of the African diaspora. Additionally, she is co-editor of a new anthology of art songs by contemporary African-American composers.

The events include: 

- On Fri., Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harry H. Harter Choral Rehearsal Room, Bullock will give a presentation about gospel music and the various musical styles and traditions she has encountered during her travels.

- On Sat., Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. (break from noon until 3 p.m.), Bullock will lead a hands-on gospel music workshop in the Harry H. Harter Choral Rehearsal Room.

- On Sun., Oct. 8, workshop attendees will have an opportunity to perform with Voices of Praise during 10:45 a.m. worship at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church (1807 Dandridge Ave., Knoxville, TN 37915).

Bullock earned a doctorate and master’s degree in music theory from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University in Massachusetts. Bullock brings to her programs a rich cultural heritage and tradition, and she brings a love and passion for music of all kinds, a deep appreciation of music’s beauty, power and spiritual possibilities, and an infectious excitement in the performing and sharing of it with others.

For more information about the workshop, please contact Larry Ervin, director of multicultural affairs at Maryville College and VOP director, at 865.981.8222 or larry.ervin@maryvillecollege.edu.


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.