Paul Phoenix to serve as artist-in-residence Jan. 28 through Feb. 1

Paul Phoenix to serve as artist-in-residence Jan. 28 through Feb. 1 

Dec. 20, 2017

Paul Phoenix photoPaul Phoenix, a Grammy Award-winning singer and former member of the internationally acclaimed ensemble The King’s Singers, will be Maryville College’s artist-in-residence Jan. 28 through Feb. 1.

While on campus, Phoenix will host workshops with Maryville College’s student ensembles, including the Concert Choir, Off Kilter, Lads and Lassies. He will also visit area high schools and work with their choirs.

On Tues., Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall, Maryville College will host a concert featuring performances by Phoenix, as well as the Maryville College choirs and area choirs that are participating in Phoenix’s workshops, including Maryville College’s student ensembles; the Farragut High School choir, under the direction of Kenton Deitch; and the Powell High School choir, directed by Jim Kennedy. Tickets are $10 (free for MC students, faculty and staff, although a printed ticket is required for admission). For tickets, please call the Clayton Center Box Office at 865.981.8590 (Note: Tickets will be available for purchase starting Jan. 2).

On Wed., Jan. 31, Phoenix will present a lecture titled “Engaging Audiences from Around the World.” The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at noon in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall.

Phoenix, a tenor from Cambridge, England, began his musical education as a boy chorister with the Choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. After graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music in 1991, he worked as a freelance singer and coach throughout the UK and Europe for six years. In 1997, he joined The King’s Singers, one of the world’s most distinguished vocal ensembles. Averaging more than 130 concerts annually, Phoenix has sung in many of the world’s greatest concert halls. In 2009, he won a Grammy for his part in co-producing and performing on the CD “Simple Gifts.” He was featured on the 2011 Grammy-winning recording “Light and Gold,” with music by American composer Eric Whitacre, and in 2013, The King’s Singers were voted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame for the ensemble’s 45 years of recording and performing excellence. In 2014, after 17 years and nearly 2,000 concerts with the ensemble, he left The King’s Singers and founded Purple Vocals, which offers “a range of services, from vocal and ensemble coaching - online or in person with Paul - to corporate engagement workshops, giving musicians and non-musicians of all abilities the opportunity to learn about the ‘art’ of performance, audience/public connection and communication.” In 2016 and 2017, Phoenix coached and performed in Germany, Finland, Italy, Iceland, Switzerland, Hong Kong, China and the U.S.

Phoenix launched his latest album with the band Janus, titled “Phoenix,” which is available on his website, as well as on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.

“As the tenor voice in the King's Singers for 17 years, Paul has a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with the members of our choral ensembles at Maryville College.” said Stacey Wilner, director of choral activities at Maryville College. “He is a brilliant musician and a wonderful communicator who is also very approachable and personable to work with. His insight and engaging spirit can make a room come alive. We are excited to be able to share this fantastic opportunity with our students and with the community.”

For more information about Phoenix’s visit, please contact Wilner at 865.981.8151 or

Maryville College is a nationally-ranked institution of higher learning and one of America’s oldest colleges. For more than 200 years, we’ve educated students to be giving citizens and gifted leaders, to study everything, so that they are prepared for anything — to address any problem, engage with any audience and launch successful careers right away. Located in Maryville, Tennessee, between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the city of Knoxville, Maryville College offers nearly 1,200  students from around the world both the beauty of a rural setting and the advantages of an urban center, as well as more than 60 majors, seven pre-professional programs and career preparation from their first day on campus to their last. Today, our 10,000 alumni are living life strong of mind and brave of heart and are prepared, in the words of our Presbyterian founder, to “do good on the largest possible scale.”