Maryville College concert celebrates Bicentennial

Maryville College concert celebrates Bicentennial 

Jan. 8, 2019 

The Maryville College Division of Fine Arts will present a Bicentennial Concert on Thurs., Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall.

The concert is free and open to the public and will feature performances by members of the Tartanband, the Concert Choir and Off Kilter.

This concert is one of a series of upcoming music events associated with the College’s Bicentennial celebration in 2019 and will feature stories submitted by former choir members about their time as members of the choral program at Maryville College.  

“It has truly been a spiritual and humbling experience to read these stories submitted by so many generations of former Maryville College students,” said Director of Choral Activities Stacey Wilner. “The essence of the Maryville College 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.”

The inspiration for this event comes from not only the submitted stories, but from documents and research in the College archives, as well. Works from Harry Harter, who directed the Maryville College Concert Choir for 34 years, will be performed along with songs from the Maryville College Songbook, originally published in 1909.

Founded as the Southern and Western Theological Seminary by the Synod of Tennessee on Oct. 19, 1819, Maryville College is celebrating 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 2018 semester is 1,154.