Voices of Praise perform in Atlanta area March 22-24

MC’s Voices of Praise gospel choir to perform in Atlanta area

March 20, 2019

 Voices of Praise, Maryville College’s gospel choir, will perform for various audiences in the Atlanta area this weekend, March 22-24, as part of a spring tour.

 “VOP,” as the choir is known on campus, is scheduled to perform at Greenforest-McCalep Christian Academy in Decatur, Ga., at 9 a.m., March 22.

Other performances are planned for Decatur’s Greater Friendship Baptist Church on March 23 (7 p.m. concert) and Greenforest Community Baptist Church, also located in Decatur, on March 24 (10:45 morning worship service).

Greater Friendship is located at 648 Jordan Lane. Greenforest Community Baptist is located at 3188 Rainbow Drive.

Alumni, parents and friends of the College are invited to attend. The concerts are open to the public and free of charge. A $10 per-person donation is requested for the March 23 performance at Greater Friendship that will support the DeAnthony Tyson Memorial Scholarship Fund.

“Be Blessed” is the name of this year’s tour, which is also the name of a song by Bishop Paul Morton that is part of VOP’s repertoire. According to Larry Ervin ’97, VOP founder and director and the College’s director of multicultural affairs, the 30-member choir has prepared 11 songs of different styles to share with audiences.

“We have classics like ‘We Praise Your Name’ by Dr. F. James Clark and ‘Over and Over’ by Rev. Milton Brunson,” he said. “We have hymns and anthems like ‘He’s Sweet, I Know’ and ‘How Majestic is Thy Name,’ and we have new worship tunes like ‘Everlasting God’ by William Murphy and ‘Victory Belongs to Jesus’ by Todd Dulaney.”

In addition to “Be Blessed,” “The Gift” by Donald Lawrence and “I’ll Praise” by Fred Hammond round out the worship tools list.

In addition to short worship tours in the fall and spring, VOP regularly performs for College functions and in local churches. Last month, the Choir traveled to Nashville, Tenn., to perform at the historic Woolworth on 5th restaurant as part of the College’s Bicentennial celebration.

“This year marks 28 years of this organization sharing the gifts of God through music and steadfast commitment to worship,” Ervin said. “It is a great blessing watching God move in the lives of the choir, and He continues to open doors for us to proclaim His goodness, mercy and grace! Having the chance to reconnect with alums of the choir makes it even more gratifying for me.”

For more information on VOP or its spring tour, contact Larry Ervin at 865.981.8222 or larry.ervin@maryvillecollege.edu.

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.