“The Road Home” is theme for MC Concert Choir’s 2018 tour

“The Road Home” is theme for MC Concert Choir’s 2018 tour

Feb. 7, 2018

“The Road Home” is the theme of the Maryville College Concert Choir’s 2018 Spring Choir Tour and features a Tennessee itinerary that includes performances in Maryville, Knoxville, Pikeville, Nashville, Tullahoma and Memphis. The tour also includes a performance at the Tennessee Music Educators Association’s (TMEA) state conference at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville.

The program will feature music with ties to the state of Tennessee, such as “Come Thou Fount,” which is a setting of a Sacred Harp/Tennessee Harmony tune Olney. The composer is Daniel Musselman, who is a music professor at Union University in Jackson, Tenn.

The concert also will feature other Sacred Harp selections, including “Hark! I Hear the Harps Eternal” arranged by Alice Parker and a triple chorus version of “Weeping Mary” arranged by Brad Holmes. Also in the program will be some traditional music of the South, such as folksong setting “Down By the Riverside” by John Rutter and spirituals “Battle of Jericho” by Moses Hogan and “Great God Almighty” by Stacey V. Gibbs.

“While much of the world thinks of Nashville as the musical center of the state, Bristol is actually the city that is recognized as the ‘Birthplace of Country Music,’” said Stacey Wilner, director of choral activities at Maryville College. “Memphis musicians have had a tremendous influence on the development of the blues, jazz and early rock-n-roll. Musicians from all across the state of Tennessee have certainly help to mold and shape popular music of today.

“One of the most influential choral groups in the development of the spiritual as a choral art form, would be the Fisk Jubilee Singers from Fisk University in Nashville. They are an American a cappella ensemble that performs spirituals originally sung by slaves prior to the Civil War. Their first tour was in 1871 and the group continues to tour to this day,” Wilner continued. “We hope to share some of this musical diversity with our audiences so that they can appreciate the wonderfully vibrant musical contribution made to society by generations of people living and working in this beautiful state of Tennessee.” 

Tour Send-Off, Homecoming Concerts scheduled

The traditional Choir Tour Send-Off is scheduled for Wed., March 14 at 12:15 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer. The choir will perform a mini-concert, which is free and open to the public.

The choir’s annual homecoming concerts are scheduled for April 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Clayton Center Box Office at 865.981.8590. Admission is free for MC faculty, staff and students.

Tour Itinerary

  • March 4, 4 p.m.: Second Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tenn. (2829 Kingston Pike)
  • March 14, 12:15 p.m.: Choir Tour Send-Off in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer on the Maryville College campus
  • March 14, 7 p.m.: Pikeville United Methodist Church in Pikeville, Tenn. (7 Methodist Ave.)
  • March 15, 7 p.m.: Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tenn. (3900 West End Ave.)
  • March 16, 7 p.m.: 1st Presbyterian Church of Tullahoma, Tenn. (110 North Washington St.)
  • March 18, 8:30 a.m. worship service (Chapel), 11 a.m. worship service (Sanctuary) & noon small ensembles (Fellowship Hall): Idlewild Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tenn. (1750 Union Ave.)
  • April 5 & 6, 7 p.m.: Homecoming Concerts in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall on the Maryville College campus. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Clayton Center Box Office at 865.981.8590.
  • April 12, 9:15 p.m.: Performance at the Tennessee Music Education Association’s (TMEA) state conference at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. (2800 Opryland Dr.)
  • April 29, 6 p.m.: New Providence Presbyterian Church in Maryville, Tenn. (703 W. Broadway Ave.)

All concerts are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. For more information, please contact Stacey Wilner, director of choral activities, at 865.981.8151 or Kathleen Farnham, director of church relations, at 865.981.8217


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 1,146.