Ireland tour information sessions planned

Ireland tour information sessions planned

Oct. 6, 2017

Information sessions are scheduled for the “Limerick Sings” Choir Festival in Limerick, Ireland. The festival, which will be held June 5-10, 2018, is open to and designed for both singers and non-singers and can include community members, faculty, staff, alumni, interested students, families and other friends of Maryville College.

Information sessions on this opportunity will be held at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 17 in the Harry H. Harter Rehearsal Room of the Clayton Center for the Arts and again on Sat., Oct. 21 at 10:30 a.m., prior to the 11 a.m. Homecoming Concert in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre of the Clayton Center. A representative from Perform International Tours will present the information sessions and will be available to answer questions.

“Limerick Sings” hosts both Irish and international choirs for a choral experience of non-competitive music and song. Rehearsals will be held on the campus of the University of Limerick, with housing options at that location or at a hotel in downtown Limerick. Participants will take part in a Gala Concert Performance with a professional Irish orchestra at Limerick Concert Hall. Included in the experience will be a visit to Dunratty Castle, an evening of music and traditional Irish dancing and a “Big Sing” at the Cliffs of Moher, and a visit to the Burren. Post-festival tour options are also available and include extensions to Dublin, Killarney and Galway.

The director of the festival chorus will be Dr. Jeffery Redding, who holds a Ph.D. in choral conducting/music education and an MME from Florida State University. Redding directed the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for their 2005 spring broadcast and has been featured as a guest conductor at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center and Orchestra Hall. Redding is the founder and artistic director of the Garden Community Choir in Winter Garden, Fla. Formerly with the Moses Hogan Singers, he is now a member of the professional male singing group, the “Brethren.”

For more information, please view the festival flyer or contact Stacey Wilner, senior lecturer in music and director of choral activities at MC, at

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.