Monday, November 9, 2009

Fine Arts Showcase Weekend

I just got back from my South Carolina trip right before the big Fine Arts Showcase weekend! I was really excited to be a part of our first big fine arts weekend. Here's a little bit of what happened!

Friday Night--

We had some of our current students put on a performance for prospective students and their families. It was wonderful! Patrick Finney, a junior Music Theory and Composition student, played a guitar piece that was similar to the stylistic playings that are demonstrated in the movie "August Rush". Will Yager, also a junior Music Major, played a classical upright bass piece with our accompanist Jennifer Olander and a jazz composition with our Jazz Pianist Bill Swann. Sharon Lankford, a senior Vocal Performance major, put on a stunning performance of an aria. Our Maryville College Jazz Band closed out the evening with their rendition of "Sly" and "You're My Everything". All in all I think it was a very entertaining night and I think prospective students got a good taste of the talent that Maryville College has!

Saturday Day--

We had a really successful Meet Maryville! Tons of students and their parents came. It was a beautiful day, no rain at all! The students got to go on our AlternaTour, pick from educational sessions to sit in on, and eat lunch on campus! This Meet Maryville was special because after it was over, students and parents were allowed a tour of our new Clayton Center for the Arts. Let me just is breathtaking!

Saturday Night--

The Invitational Choir Festival was scheduled for after the Meet Maryville. Maryville College has hosted the Invitational Choir Festival for local high schools for over five years! I think it is a great opportunity for area high schools to come together and perform for each other. This year William Blount High School, Farragut High School, Lenoir City High School, Aloca High School, and Powell High School were all participants. The talent that these schools portrayed was phenomenal! I was so excited to see all the choir directors and their students. After the high schools, the Maryville College Concert Choir performed three pieces and finally Off Kilter brought down the house with "My Girl", "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da", and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".

If you weren't able to attend this week make sure to go on our webiste to find more information about upcoming performances from our ensembles, students, and faculty! The Maryville College Concert Choir is having their Fall Concert on November 20! Be sure to attend!

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