MC Concert Choir's "We Are Not Alone" spring choir tour set for March 13-18

MC Concert Choir's "We Are Not Alone" spring choir tour set for March 13-18

March 1, 2013
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer

“We Are Not Alone” is the theme of the Maryville College Concert Choir’s 2013 Spring Choir Tour, set for March 13-18. Performances are scheduled for churches and high schools in upper East Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.

“This year’s theme explores the idea of how we are never truly alone; that the love of God, of family, friends and even strangers follows each of us through our daily journey of life,” said Stacey Wilner, coordinator of choral music at Maryville College.

During the tour, the Concert Choir will perform Pepper Choplin’s “You Are Not Alone,” which is the inspiration for the tour theme. Other selections include “Salvation is Created” by Pavel Tschesnokoff; “The Lamb” by John Tavener; “Prayer of the Children” by Kurt Bestor; and “Witness” by Jack Halloran.

“And of course, we must celebrate the connection with our Scottish/Celtic heritage with music such as ‘Loch Lomond’ arranged by Jonathan Quick and ‘Dulaman’ by Michael McGlynn,” Wilner said.

Three small vocal ensembles comprised of MC Concert Choir members will also perform. “Off Kilter” is a small auditioned ensemble comprised of upperclassmen. The group presents more recent music and arrangements by the British a capella ensemble King’s Singers. The “Lads” is a men’s ensemble, and the “Lassies” is a women’s ensemble, and both groups were formed in fall 2011 from student interest and initiative.

The traditional Choir Tour Send-Off is scheduled for Wed., March 13 at 12:15 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer. The choir will perform a mini-concert, which is open to the public. Also during the event, the choir will begin selling its newly released CD, titled "A Celebration of Gratitude," which includes recordings from the 2012 Scotland Choir Tour.

The choir’s annual Homecoming Concert is scheduled for Tues., March 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre. The concert is free and open to the public.

- Wed., March 13, 12:15 p.m.: Choir Tour Send-Off Concert, Clayton Center for the Arts at Maryville College

- Wed., March 13, 7 p.m.: Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Greeneville, Tenn.

- Thurs., March 14, 10 a.m.: Greeneville High School, Greeneville, Tenn.

- Thurs., March 14, 7 p.m.: First Presbyterian Church, Asheville, N.C.

- Fri., March 15, 9:30 a.m.: AC Reynolds High School, Asheville, N.C.

- Fri., March 15, 7 p.m.: Trinity Presbyterian Church, Surfside, S.C.

- Sun., March 17, 11 a.m.: Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, N.C.

- Sun., March 17, 7 p.m.: Starmount Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, N.C.

- Tues., March 26, 7:30 p.m.: Homecoming Concert, Clayton Center for the Arts at Maryville College

- Fri., April 12, 3 p.m.: Tennessee Music Education Association Conference, Chattanooga Convention Center, Chattanooga, Tenn.

- Fri., April 12, 7 p.m.: Rivermont Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, Tenn.

- Sun., April 21, 11 a.m.: New Providence Presbyterian Church, Maryville, Tenn.

- Sat., April 27, 4:15 p.m.: Rossini Festival, Knoxville, Tenn.

Concerts are free and open to the public. Donations to the choir are always appreciated.

For more information about the choir tour, please contact Wilner at 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 2016 semester is 1,197.