Concert by MC’s chamber ensembles set for Oct. 18

Concert by MC’s chamber ensembles set for Oct. 18

Oct. 9, 2018

Maryville College’s Division of Fine Arts will present “Conversations: An Evening of Chamber Music,” at 7 p.m., Oct. 18, in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will include performances by eight Maryville College ensembles. Five of the ensembles are instrumental, and include: Tartanbrass, a brass septet coached by Dr. Eric Simpson, assistant professor of music, director of bands and Conductor of the Orchestra at Maryville College; Fantastic Reeds and Where to Find Them, a clarinet choir coached by Ms. RoAnn Romines, adjunct instructor of Clarinet; the JEM Trio, coached by Ms. Hannah Hammel, adjunct instructor of flute; We Three Queens: A Woodwind Trio, also coached by Romines; and the Maryville College Jazz Ensemble, coached by Dr. Bill Swann, professor of music.

The vocal ensembles consist of members of Maryville College’s well-known choral program and include: Off Kilter, a mixed-voice a capella ensemble directed by Ms. Stacey Wilner, senior lecturer in music and director of choral activities; the MC Lassies, a women’s choir also by directed Wilner; and the MC Lads, a men’s student ensemble directed by Mr. Alan Eleazer, adjunct instructor of voice and conductor of the MC Community Chorus.

According to Simpson, the title for the evening, “Conversations: An Evening of Chamber Music” comes from a quote by German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who said that chamber music was the equivalent of “four rational people conversing.”

“Comprised of smaller groups of musicians and intended for performance in smaller spaces, chamber music is a more intimate musical experience than an orchestra, band or large choir concert,” he explained.

For more information about the concert, please contact the Maryville College Division of Fine Arts at 865.981.8150.


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.