East Tennessee Children's Choir
Under the direction of Jane D. Morison, the East Tennessee Children's Choir is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization chartered in the state of Tennessee. Its purpose is to provide exceptionally talented fourth through eighth-grade children an opportunity to experience a choral repertoire, which includes music of the masters, while also enriching their lives with music representing the heritage of the Appalachian region in which they live.
ETCC consists of children from at least 12 different communities in the Mountain Empire, representing more than 30 schools, private, public and home. It is open to all children. A tuition assistance program is available for economically disadvantaged children.
Highlands Youth Ensemble
The Highlands Youth Ensemble, under the direction of Jane DeLoach Morison was formed in 2002 by former Artistic Director Beth P. McCoy to continue the musical education of area young people who had graduated from the East Tennessee Children's Choir. The group consists of 9th-12th grade students (plus changed male voices in 8th grade) from throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, primarily performs predominately a cappella repertoire in four-part (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) harmony.
The HYE has tackled some of the most challenging as well as some of the most popular music from sacred compositions, folk songs and Broadway musicals. The group has performed at numerous churches in the Tri-Cities area, at the Rhythm & Roots Reunion, at Music on the Square in Jonesborough, and at the Biltmore Estate during its Christmas candlelight tours. In 2006 members of the HYE sang at Carnegie Hall in the Field Studies International, under the baton of Dr. Andre Thomas. In May of 2007 the HYE traveled to Hungary and sang in the 20th International Chamber Choir Competition in Pecs, Hungary. In May 2008 HYE was proud to host the Pecsi Choir on their American tour. In 2010 HYE performed John Rutter's beloved Requiem at Carnegie Hall, with Rutter himself at the baton!
What We Do
The choir performs at least four public concerts annually plus special performances at Biltmore Estate as well as collaborations with other arts organizations.
In addition to its regular schedule of concerts, the choir has been a featured performing group with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and Symphony of the Mountains, with the American Boychoir, the Girls' Choir from Rybinsk, Russia, the East Tennessee State University Chorale, and has provided entertainment for numerous civic and cultural organizations in the Mountain Empire.
The ETCC and the HYE have received numerous invitations to sing for the Biltmore Estate's Christmas Candlelight Tours. In spring 2010 ETCC was proud to have been invited to provide music for the first anniversary celebration of the Niswonger Children's Hospital!
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MOUNTAIN EMPIRE CHILDREN'S CHORAL ACADEMY