Maryville College Choir Alumni commission work for Bicentennial

Maryville College Choir Alumni commission work for Bicentennial

Dec. 5, 2018 

In preparation for Maryville College’s Bicentennial in 2019, a group of Maryville College Concert Choir alumni have commissioned a special piece of music.

“The alumni wanted to commission a musical work that will capture the Maryville College spirit through sound,” said Director of Choral Activities Stacey Wilner. “Future generations of young musicians will be able to share in the same sense of loyalty and connection to Maryville College philosophies that the alumni experienced during their time here as students. It honors the past while also investing in the future.”

The commissioned work will be composed by Paul John Rudoi, an award-winning composer and conductor.

“He worked with the MC Concert Choir in a master class setting a few years ago, and they were very responsive,” Wilner continued. “Because he worked with them personally, he has a good idea of their capabilities.”

The commissioned piece will be premiered by the 2019 Homecoming Choir during Homecoming activities on Oct. 19. The MC Concert Choir will also perform it throughout the 2019-20 school year, culminating with the combined alumni/student choir tour to Scotland in May 2020.

“The alumni of this college never cease to amaze me with their dedication to the students and to the college,” Wilner said.  “Dr. Harry Harter, Dr. Daniel Taddie and the other past directors instilled in their students a love of excellence in the choral arts.”

Founded as the Southern and Western Theological Seminary by the Synod of Tennessee on Oct. 19, 1819, Maryville College will celebrate its 200th year in 2019.

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 2019 semester is 1,148.