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Milligan choir, orchestra to perform in Kingsport Sunday

staff report • Apr 26, 2013 at 9:01 AM

KINGSPORT — The Milligan College Concert Choir and Orchestra will participate in the 10:45 a.m., worship service Sunday, April 28, at First Broad Street United Methodist Church. 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 in Iowa, Earlham College in Indiana, Ball State University, Westminster Presbyterian Church in Indiana and Taylor University in 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 Choral 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.

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