“Make Our Garden Grow” is theme for 2019 spring choir tour

“Make Our Garden Grow” is theme for 2019 spring choir tour

Jan. 31, 2019

Make Our Garden Grow “Make Our Garden Grow” is the theme of the Maryville College Concert Choir’s 2019 Spring Choir Tour and features an itinerary that includes performances in Maryville, Tenn.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Spartanburg S.C.; Fernandina Beach Fla.; Sarasota, Fla.; Clearwater Beach, Fla.; and Valdosta, Ga.

Since Maryville College is celebrating its Bicentennial this year, the program will feature favorite selections suggested by alumni. “Two Wings” is an arrangement of a spiritual by Dr. Harry H. Harter, former choral director and division chair at the College.

The concerts also will feature other favorite choral gems such as “Locus iste” by Anton Bruckner, “Ubi Caritas” by Marice Durufle, “Confutatis” and “Lacrimosa” from Mozart’s Requiem. Contemporary selections include “A Boy and a Girl” by Eric Whitacre, “The Rose” by Ola Gjeilo and “Make Our Garden Grow” from Candide by Leonard Bernstein.

“In preparation for the Bicentennial, we solicited stories and repertoire suggestions from alumni,” said Stacey Wilner, senior lecturer in music and director of choral activities 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 choral students. The essence of the MC educational and musical experience, while certainly carried out in different buildings and in different eras, 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.”

“These are the individuals who planted the seeds of musical excellence for the College, who have then continued to water them by nurturing many generations of young musicians with support through scholarships, sharing talents through workshops and master classes, serving on boards, volunteering and other gifts of time,” Wilner continued. “The level of dedication and commitment that alumni feel to this college never ceases to amaze me.”

Ribbons made of Maryville College’s school colors, orange and garnet, will be available at the information table at all performances so that alumni can be easily identified and honored throughout this Bicentennial Tour.

“We want to express our appreciation for helping to make the MC ‘garden grow,’” Wilner said. 

Tour Send-Off, Homecoming Concerts scheduled

The traditional Choir Tour Send-Off is scheduled for Wed., March 6 at 12:15 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. The choir will perform a mini-concert, which is free and open to the public.

The choir’s annual homecoming concerts are scheduled for March 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Clayton Center Box Office at 865.981.8590. Admission is free for MC faculty, staff and students. 

Tour Itinerary

  • Feb. 17, 6 p.m.: Farragut Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tenn. (209 Jamestowne Blvd.)
  • March 6, 12:15 p.m.: Choir Tour Send-Off in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall on the Maryville College campus
  • March 6, 6:30 p.m.: Ash Wednesday Service at First Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg, S.C. (393 E. Main St.)
  • March 7, 7 p.m.:First Presbyterian Church of Fernandina Beach, Fla. (9 N. 6th)
  • March 8, 7 p.m.:Pine Shores Presbyterian Church, Sarasota, Fla. (6135 Beechwood Ave.)
  • March 10, 10 a.m. worship service: Chapel-by-the-Sea in Clearwater Beach, Fla. (54 Bay Esplanade)
  • March 10, 7 p.m.:First Presbyterian Church in Valdosta, Ga. (313 N. Patterson St.)
  • March 28 & 29, 7 p.m.: Homecoming Concerts in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall on the Maryville College campus. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Clayton Center Box Office at 865.981.8590.
  • April 7, 6 p.m.:New Providence Presbyterian Church in Maryville, Tenn. (703 W. Broadway Ave.)

All concerts are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. For more information, please contact Stacey Wilner, director of choral activities, at 865.981.8151 or Kathleen Farnham, director of church relations, at 865.981.8217    


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.