Paul Phoenix to serve as artist-in-residence Feb. 5-7

Paul Phoenix to serve as artist-in-residence Feb. 5-7

Jan. 23, 2019

Paul Phoenix, a Grammy Award-winning singer and former member of the internationally acclaimed ensemble The King’s Singers, will be Maryville College’s artist-in-residence Feb. 5-7.

While on campus, Phoenix will host workshops with Maryville College’s student ensembles, including the Concert Choir, Off Kilter, Lads and Lassies.

On Thurs., Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall, Maryville College will host a concert featuring performances by Phoenix, as well as the Maryville College choirs and choirs from area high schools, including the Heritage Singers, directed by Tyler Owens; the Powell Singers, directed by Jim Kennedy; and the Maryville Singers, directed by Byron Davis. Tickets are $10 (free for MC students, faculty and staff, although a printed ticket is required for admission). For tickets, please call the Clayton Center Box Office at 865.981.8590.

On Wed., Feb. 6, Phoenix will present a workshop with the Maryville College Concert Choir. The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will begin at noon in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall.

Phoenix, a tenor from Cambridge, England, began his musical education as a boy chorister with the Choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. After graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music in 1991, he worked as a freelance singer and coach throughout the UK and Europe for six years. In 1997, he joined The King’s Singers, one of the world’s most distinguished vocal ensembles. Averaging more than 130 concerts annually, Phoenix has sung in many of the world’s greatest concert halls. In 2009, he won a Grammy for his part in co-producing and performing on the CD “Simple Gifts.” He was featured on the 2011 Grammy-winning recording “Light and Gold,” with music by American composer Eric Whitacre, and in 2013, The King’s Singers were voted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame for the ensemble’s 45 years of recording and performing excellence. In 2014, after 17 years and nearly 2,000 concerts with the ensemble, he left The King’s Singers and founded Purple Vocals, which offers “a range of services, from vocal and ensemble coaching - online or in person with Paul - to corporate engagement workshops, giving musicians and non-musicians of all abilities the opportunity to learn about the ‘art’ of performance, audience/public connection and communication.” In 2016 and 2017, Phoenix coached and performed in Germany, Finland, Italy, Iceland, Switzerland, Hong Kong, China and the U.S.

Phoenix launched his latest album with the band Janus, titled “Phoenix,” which is available on his website, as well as on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.

“As the tenor voice in the King's Singers for 17 years, Paul has a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with the members of our choral ensembles at Maryville College.” said Stacey Wilner, director of choral activities at Maryville College. “He is a brilliant musician and a wonderful communicator who is also very approachable and personable to work with. His insight and engaging spirit can make a room come alive. We are excited to be able to share this fantastic opportunity with our students and with the community.”

For more information about Phoenix’s visit, please contact Wilner at 865.981.8151 or

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.