Invitational Choir Festival to benefit Officer Moats Foundation

Invitational Choir Festival to benefit Officer Moats Foundation

Oct. 18, 2017

The Maryville College Concert Choir will host the Maryville College Invitational Choir Festival on Sat., Nov. 4, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.

The festival will serve as a benefit for the Officer Moats Foundation, created to honor the life and legacy of fallen Blount County officer Kenny Moats by aiding the community through service and scholarship.

Participants include choirs from Heritage High School, directed by Chris Clift; Maryville High School, directed by Byron Davis; Powell High School, directed by Jim Kennedy; Alcoa City High School, directed by Trent Gilmore; Highlander Chorale, directed by Jill Purvis; Karns High School, directed by Seth Tinsley; Jefferson County High School, directed by Merritt McElroy; Pellissippi State Community College, directed by Meagan Langford; Maryville College Concert Choir, directed by Stacey Wilner; and Off Kilter, directed by Stacey Wilner.

“Our friends in law enforcement risk their lives every day to protect us not just from petty criminals, but from violent offenders of all kinds,” said Stacey Wilner, director of choral activities and senior lecturer in music at Maryville College. “We must thank our local officers for their service and express our gratitude for their bravery. Our officers are essential in helping to keep Americans safe and free.

“Officer Kenny R. Moats gave his life putting someone else’s needs before his own,” Wilner continued. “Our East Tennessee community rallied behind our fallen officer to support his family and honor his legacy. We would like to help the Officer Moats Non-Profit Foundation to give back and thank a community that was compassionate.”

The concert is free and open to the public, but donations for the Officer Moats Foundation are greatly appreciated.


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.