The Maryville College Homecoming Choir will present its annual concert on Saturday, Oct. 27.

The choir, which features former MC choir members, as well as students in the Maryville College Concert Choir, will begin at 10:55 a.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.

This concert is the first in a series of upcoming choir events associated with the college’s bicentennial celebration.

Over the summer, many former choir members submitted written stories about their time as members of the choral program at Maryville College. Delores Ziegler, Class of ’73, an American mezzo-soprano with an active international performance career since the late 1970s, will serve as guest narrator for the concert.

“It has truly been a spiritual and humbling experience to read these stories submitted by so many generations of former Maryville College students,” said Stacey Wilner, director of choral activities for the college.

“The essence of the MC educational and musical experience, while certainly carried out in different buildings and in different times, 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,” she said. “Many also spoke of humorous moments, generally while touring and performing. Each story touched my heart or brought a smile to my face. It is indeed an honor to be a part of such a meaningful tradition.”

Featured soloists for the concert finale, “Make Our Garden Grow,” will be Hannah White, Class of 2018, and Seth Tinsley, Class of 2014. White currently serves as the choir assistant for the MC choral program. Tinsley completed a master’s degree in vocal performance at Belmont University and directs the choral ensembles at Karns High School in Knoxville.

The concert also will feature the debut of a newly formed semiprofessional choral ensemble, directed by Wilner, that is composed of former Concert Choir members and MC alumni, called “Tartan Soul.” The MC Concert Choir, Off Kilter, and the Lads and Lassies also will perform.

Guest directors include Daniel Taddie and Tiffany Sasser Tipton.

Taddie served as chair of the Division of Fine Arts and Sheila Sutton Hunter Professor of Music at Maryville College from 1990-99. He directed the Concert Choir and Community Chorus and taught studio voice and classroom courses.

Tipton graduated from Maryville College in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in music education, with a concentration on voice. In 2006, she graduated with a master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Tennessee. She is in her 14th year teaching at Union Grove Middle School.

Some of the selections to be performed by the Homecoming Choir include “Locus Iste” by Anton Bruckner, “Confutatis” and “Lacrymosa” from Mozart’s Requiem, and “Two Wings,” arranged by former MC choral director Harry H. Harter.

For more information contact Wilner at stacey.wilner@maryvillecollege.edu.

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