MC Division of Fine Arts to present “A Maryville Christmas”

MC Division of Fine Arts to present “A Maryville Christmas” 

Nov. 3, 2017

Maryville College’s Division of Fine Arts will present “A Maryville Christmas” on Tues., Dec. 5, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for area students, and free for children 5 and under. Admission is free for MC students, faculty and staff, although a printed ticket is required for admission. To purchase tickets, please call the Clayton Center Box Office at 865.981.8590 or visit

The concert will include performances of classic carols and holiday favorites, as well as renditions of contemporary musical celebrations. The program includes “The Hallelujah Chorus” from Messiah, by George Frideric Handel; “Gaudete” from the Piae Cantiones, 1582, arranged by Michael Engelhardt; “O Come All Ye Faithful,” arranged by John Rutter; “A Christmas Festival,” arranged by Leroy Anderson; “All is Well” by Michael W. Smith; “Appalachian Carol” by Dan Goeller; “Grown-Up Christmas List” by David Foster and Linda-Thompson Jenner; and more. The program will also include a dramatic monologue.

During the concert, which will include festive holiday decorations and costumes, the audience will have the opportunity to participate in a fun sing-along with the performers, and there will be a guest appearance by Santa Claus!

Seven Maryville College music ensembles will perform, including:

  • The Maryville College Concert Choir, directed by Stacey Wilner
  • The Orchestra at Maryville College, directed by Alan Eleazer
  • The Maryville College Community Chorus, directed by Alan Eleazer
  • The MC3Band, directed by Eric Simpson
  • The Scottie Singers, directed by Martha Robinson
  • The Highlander Chorale, directed by Jill Purvis
  • Students from the Maryville College Theatre Department, directed by Heather McMahon

“This year’s ‘A Maryville Christmas’ is sure to entertain!” said Eric Simpson, lecturer in music education and director of bands at MC. “It will feature over 150 performers from Maryville College and the surrounding community performing songs to ring in the Christmas season. With music spanning from the 1500s to today, this concert provides something for everyone!”

Christmas Open House

Prior to the concert, the Blount County Chapter of the Maryville College Alumni Association will host a Christmas Open House on Tues., Dec. 5 from 4:30 until 7 p.m. in Willard House on the MC campus.

Maryville College alumni and friends are invited to enjoy beautiful Christmas decorations, delicious baked goods and holiday music. Bring your camera for photos with Santa!

For more information about the Christmas Open House, please call 865.981.8202. (Please note that while this event is traditionally held on a Monday, the event has been moved to a Tuesday to align with the Christmas concert.)

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.