Spring 2019 rehearsals announced for MC community ensembles

Spring 2019 rehearsals announced for MC community ensembles

Dec. 14, 2018 

Spring 2019 rehearsals will begin in January for Maryville College’s community ensembles.

MC3Band begins rehearsals Jan. 9

The MC3Band, under the direction of Dr. Eric Simpson, will begin spring rehearsals for its 2018-19 concert season on Wed., Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.

Rehearsals, which will be held on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m., will focus on preparation for an April 4 spring concert that will be held at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts' Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.

Area musicians who play a wind or percussion instrument are encouraged to audition. Serious high school participants are also welcome.

The band, now in its 26th year, serves a dual purpose: to provide a means of artistic expression for all of its members (community and student) within the wind band medium, and to provide MC students with the opportunity to perform and learn within a large ensemble setting.

For additional details or to schedule an audition, please contact Simpson at eric.simpson@maryvillecollege.edu.

Orchestra at Maryville College begins rehearsals Jan. 14

The Orchestra at Maryville College, under the direction of Dr. Eric Simpson, will begin spring rehearsals on Mon., Jan. 14, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.    

A college and community ensemble, the Orchestra at Maryville College brings live symphonic performances to the public stage three times per season.

Rehearsals will be held on Mondays from 7-9 p.m. and will focus on preparation for a spring performance with the Maryville College Community Chorus on Tues., April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts' Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre. 

The 2018-19 season is the Orchestra's first season with Simpson as director.  Simpson joined the Maryville College faculty as a lecturer in music education and director of bands in 2015.  He also directs the MC3 Band and the Tartanband, a student ensemble.  Previously he was an assistant professor of music education at Texas Christian University, where he was also coordinator of instrumental music education and associate conductor of the university's concert band.  His primary research interests include temporal aspects of musical evaluation, teacher misconduct and sociological influences on music education.  He has been published in the Journal of Music Teacher Education, The Instrumentalist and The Florida Music Director.  He has also served as conductor and clinician for a number of bands throughout the southern United States.  Simpson earned a bachelor of music education from Stetson University and a master of music degree in music education from the University of Cincinnati College of Conservatory of Music.  He received a Ph.D. in music education from Florida State University.

The Orchestra at Maryville College uses a traditional symphony orchestra instrumentation.  Area string musicians are encouraged to join.  Serious high school string players are also welcome.  Wind players & percussionists may audition for placement at the beginning of the season.  For additional details or to schedule an audition, please contact Simpson at eric.simpson@maryvillecollege.edu or the Division of Fine Arts office at 865.981.8150. 

All concerts are held in the Clayton Center for the Arts, Ronald & Lynda Nutt Theatre, on the Maryville College campus. Tickets are available at the Clayton Center Box Office 865-981-8590. Tickets are $5 for the general public and free of charge for Maryville College faculty, students and staff.

MC Youth Choirs begin rehearsals Jan. 22 and 24

The Maryville College youth choirs are accepting new singers for the spring 2019 concert season. The fee is $85 per semester. The focus of the ensembles is to learn the fundamentals of music and the foundations of singing. Music education majors from Maryville College also assist with the groups.

The Scottie Singers, directed by Martha Robinson, is a youth choir for students in grades
three through eight. This enrichment opportunity is for students who love to sing and want to excel above and beyond their school music experience. The group rehearses on Tuesdays from 4:15 until 5:15 p.m. in the Harry H. Harter Choral Rehearsal Room of the Clayton Center for the Arts. Spring rehearsals begin on Tues., Jan. 22. The ensemble will present a spring concert on Tues., April 30 at 6 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts' Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. For more information, please contact Robinson at martha4robinson@gmail.com.

The Highlander Chorale, directed by Jill Purvis, is an ensemble for high school age students. The group rehearses on Thursdays from 5 until 6:30 p.m. in the Harry H. Harter Choral Rehearsal Room of the Clayton Center for the Arts. Spring rehearsals begin on Thurs., Jan. 24. The ensemble will present a spring concert on Tues., April 30 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts' Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. For more information, please contact Purvis at jpurvis75@gmail.com.

MC Community Chorus begins rehearsals Feb. 5

The Maryville College Community Chorus, under the direction of Alan Eleazer, will begin spring rehearsals at 7 p.m., Tues., Feb. 5 in the Clayton Center for the Arts' Harry H. Harter Choral Rehearsal Room.

Rehearsals will be held on Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. and will focus on preparation for a spring performance with the Orchestra at Maryville College on Tues., April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts' Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.  

The chorus is open to all area singers of all talent levels above the age of 16. Music reading experience is helpful but not required. Registration and music for the choir will be available at the first rehearsal.

This established chorus of over 50 singers has a strong tradition of presenting quality choral music and frequently joins other community ensembles such as the Maryville College youth choirs and the Orchestra at Maryville College.

The chorus performs quality literature of various styles and genres in the highest caliber and often features the music of area composers and arrangers, as well as the classic gems of the masters.

Eleazer, an adjunct instructor of music and voice at Maryville College, is in his 11th season as conductor of the chorus, having been a professional musician, conductor and college educator in the East Tennessee area for more than 30 years. In addition to directing the Maryville College Community Chorus, Eleazer directs the Lads (an all men's ensemble at MC) and serves as director of music and adult ministries at Broadway United Methodist Church.  Eleazer is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where he earned a bachelor's degree in music education and master of music degree in choral conducting and sacred music.

For more information, please contact Eleazer at alan.eleazer@maryvillecollege.edu or 865.382.4970 or Stacey Wilner, coordinator of choral music, at stacey.wilner@maryvillecollege.edu or 865-981-8151.


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.