Homecoming Choir to celebrate MC’s choral history in song, story

Homecoming Choir to celebrate MC’s choral history in song, story

Oct. 18, 2018

The Maryville College Homecoming Choir will present its annual concert on Sat., Oct. 27, as part of the College’s Homecoming festivities.

The choir, which features current and former members of the Maryville College Concert Choir, will begin at 11 a.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.

This concert is the first in a series of upcoming choir events associated with the College’s Bicentennial celebration and will feature favorite choral selections. During the summer of 2018, choir alumni were asked to submit the titles of their favorite pieces, along with written stories about their time as members of the choral program at Maryville College. Delores Ziegler ’73, an American mezzo-soprano who has had an active international performance career since the late 1970s, will serve as the guest narrator for the concert and will share some of those alumni stories.

“It has truly been a spiritual and humbling experience to read these stories submitted by so many generations of former Maryville College students,” said Stacey Wilner, the College’s senior lecturer in music, director of choral activities. The essence of the MC educational and musical experience, while certainly carried out in different buildings and in different times, seems to be essentially the same. The choir alumni speak of friendships, of love and loss, of personal growth and life lessons learned through music. Many also spoke of humorous moments, generally while touring and performing. Each story touched my heart or ‘tickled my funny bone.’ It is indeed an honor to be a part of such a meaningful tradition.”

Featured soloists for the concert finale “Make Our Garden Grow” will be Hannah White ’18 and Seth Tinsley ’14. White currently serves as the choir assistant for the MC choral program. Tinsley completed a master’s degree in vocal performance from Belmont University and directs the choral ensembles at Karns High School in Knoxville.

Dan Taddie
Tiffany Sasser Tipton

This concert will also feature the debut of a newly formed semi-professional choral ensemble, directed by Wilner, that is comprised of former Concert Choir members and MC alumni called “Tartan Soul.” The MC Concert Choir, Off Kilter, Lads and Lassies also will be performing.

Guest directors include Dr. Daniel Taddie and Tiffany Sasser Tipton ’03. Taddie served as Chair of the Division of Fine Arts and Sheila Sutton Hunter Professor of Music at Maryville College from 1990 to 1999. He directed the Concert Choir and Community Chorus as well as taught studio voice and classroom courses in music history. Tipton graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in music education, concentration in voice, and earned a master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Tennessee in 2006. She is in her fourteenth year teaching at Union Grove Middle School. Some of the selections to be performed by the Homecoming Choir include “Locus Iste” by Anton Bruckner, “Confutatis” and “Lacrymosa” from Mozart’s Requiem and “Two Wings,” arranged by former MC choral director Dr. Harry H. Harter.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Wilner at stacey.wilner@maryvillecollege.edu.

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.