MC community youth choirs to host open house, registration

Aug. 9, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
865.981.8209; chloe.kennedy@maryvillecollege.edu

The Maryville College youth choirs are accepting new singers for the 2012-13 concert season.

On Tues., Aug. 28, parents and interested singers are invited to an open house and registration from 5 until 6 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer, where they will have the opportunity to meet the directors and learn more about the ensembles.

The Scottie Singers, directed by Martha Robinson and Maryville College graduate Jade Watts ‘12, is a youth choir for students in grades two through five. The group rehearses on Tuesday afternoons from 4:15 until 5 p.m. in the Harry H. Harter Choral Rehearsal Room of the Clayton Center for the Arts. Rehearsals begin on Sept. 4. For more information, please contact Robinson at martha4robinson@gmail.com.

The Scots Chorale, also directed by Robinson, is a youth choir for students from grades six through nine. The group rehearses on Tuesday afternoons from 5:15 until 6:30 p.m. in the Harry H. Harter Choral Rehearsal Room of the Clayton Center for the Arts. Rehearsals begin on Sept. 4. 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 Thursday afternoons from 5 until 6:30 p.m. in the Harry H. Harter Choral Rehearsal Room of the Clayton Center for the Arts. Rehearsals begin on Sept. 6. For more information, please contact Purvis at jpurvis75@gmail.com.

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. There is a $75 participation fee for the semester.

The ensembles will be preparing music for a concert on Tues., Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall.

For general information about any of the community chorus groups, please contact Stacey Wilner, coordinator of choral music at Maryville College, 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 2013 semester is 1,168.