MC to host ETVA’s All-East Chorus Nov. 16-18

MC to host ETVA’s All-East Chorus Nov. 16-18

Nov. 2, 2017 

Maryville College will host the East Tennessee Vocal Association’s “All-East Chorus” Nov. 16-18, 2017 at the Clayton Center for the Arts.

The annual event attracts select students and directors from middle schools and high schools in the East Tennessee region – about 800 participants and 100 instructors.

The students, who were selected in September through a rigorous audition process, meet for two days of rehearsals with guest conductors in preparation for a performance at the end of the weekend.

The public is invited to the performance, which will begin at 2 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 18 in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre. The concert will include performances by the Middle School Chorus, Women’s Chorus, Men’s Chorus, Freshman Chorus and Mixed Chorus. Admission to the concert is free.

Several talented guest conductors will work with students during the weekend. Dr. Marius Bahnean of Tennessee Wesleyan is the 2017 Mixed Chorus conductor; Dr. Tucker Biddlecombe of Belmont University is the 2017 Men’s Chorus conductor; Beth Casey is the 2017 Women’s Chorale conductor; Dr. Matthew Potterton of Middle Tennessee State University is the 2017 Freshman Chorus conductor; and Dr. Martha Shaw of Reinhardt University is the 2017 Middle School Chorus conductor.

“The choral music program at Maryville College is honored to be selected to host the annual fall conference of the East Tennessee Vocal Association and the associated All-East Choral rehearsals and concert,” said Stacey Wilner, director of choral activities at Maryville College. “The Clayton Center was designed to handle such large events as this, and it is very satisfying to watch how professionally the facility and staff accommodates the needs of such a vast number of students. It is also inspiring to watch how our MC choir students and staff work together to help with every facet of the event.

“This is such a unique educational opportunity for our students to learn the intricacies of planning needed for such a large conference,” Wilner continued. “Most importantly, Maryville College is introduced to a new generation of young, motivated students, their instructors and their families. We will have over 2,000 people at the performance on Saturday afternoon."

According to the East Tennessee Vocal Association’s website, participation in an All-East Chorus is competitive and a source of great pride to students and their directors, and participation in an All-East Chorus is a prerequisite for a position in the Tennessee All-State Chorus.      

For more information about the event, please visit the East Tennessee Vocal Association’s website 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.