Milligan choir, orchestra to perform in Kingsport

Concert Choir 2011-12MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (April 18, 2013) — The Milligan College Concert Choir and Orchestra will participate in the morning worship service at First Broad Street United Methodist Church in Kingsport, Tenn., on Sunday, April 28, at 10:45. In addition, the Concert Choir will present a full-length concert at 2:30 p.m. Both performances are free and open to the public.

The Milligan College Concert Choir is an auditioned mixed chorus of 43 students with a varied repertoire that includes classics, spirituals, hymn arrangements and multicultural music from around the globe. The students in the choir represent a variety of majors, including a number of students who are music majors or minors and who plan careers in music education or ministry.

The concert choir is under the direction of Noah DeLong, assistant professor of music. DeLong, who joined Milligan’s faculty in 2011, has conducted choirs at a number of churches and colleges, including the University of Iowa, Good News Bible Church (Iowa), Earlham College (Indiana), Ball State University, Westminster Presbyterian Church (Indiana) and Taylor University (Indiana). In addition to his teaching and conducting experience, he has performed as a tenor soloist and accompanist for numerous choirs and solo vocalists.

The Milligan College Orchestra performs throughout East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia and collaborates frequently with professional ensembles and arts organizations, including The Civic Chorale, the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, the East Tennessee Regional Symphony, Mountain Empire Children’s Choir Academy and the City Youth Ballet. In addition, it is the pit orchestra for various opera and musical productions at Milligan and serves local churches in ministry. The orchestra also champions new works and has performed the world premieres of numerous pieces including “Three Genres” by John Grubb and “Genesis” by internationally renowned composer Kenton Coe.

The orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Kellie Brown, associate professor of music. Brown has been a member of the Milligan music faculty since 1998 and serves as chair of the music department, director of the strings program and conductor of Milligan’s orchestra. She is a frequent clinician and performer throughout the country and serves as the assistant conductor of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and assistant concertmaster for the Symphony of the Mountains.

First Broad Street United Methodist Church is Brown’s home church.

“My church is a very dynamic and mission-oriented church that also has an outstanding and diverse music program,” Brown said. “It is exciting to take the Milligan Concert Choir and Orchestra to First Broad Street because I know that our music will be joyously received and will add to the glory of God in the worship service.”

First Broad Street United Methodist Church is located at 100 E. Church Circle, Kingsport, Tenn., 37660.

For more information about this worship event, contact 423.246.4471. To learn more about Milligan, visit www.milligan.edu.

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MILLIGAN COLLEGE is a Christian liberal arts college in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs. To learn more about Milligan College, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800.447.5922.

Posted: April 18, 2013