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.
Da Capo, a select middle school choir of 7th-8th grade ETCC singers was formed in 2008 to provide an opportunity for advanced singers to tackle more challenging repertoire in a smaller, more collaborative setting.
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 ethnic and racial cultures, as well as children who are economically, physically and/or mentally challenged. A tuition assistance program is available for disadvantaged children.
1. Give vocally talented children an unforgettable, exemplary choral experience.
2. Implant a solid foundation in music and proper singing techniques.
3. Supply an experience in non-competitive team behavior that calls for the best in each of them.
4. Promote musical leadership by these children for schools, churches and other organizations in our area.
5. Enhance the Mountain Empire's appreciation of children's fine choral literature.
6. Encourage these young people to continue lifelong participation in the arts.
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. Performances have been held at the Paramount Center for the Arts, Rhythm and Roots, and First Presbyterian Church in Bristol, TN; First Presbyterian Church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and Broad Street United Methodist Church in Kingsport, TN.; Seeger Chapel at Milligan College; Central Baptist Church, First Methodist Church, St. John's Lutheran Church and Freedom Hall Civic Center in Johnson City, TN, Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church, Barter Theatre, and the Martha Washington Inn in Abingdon; and the Jonesborough Courthouse and Visitors Center.
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 has 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!
ETCC continues to expand its horizons and outreach through new musical adventures, including choral workshops for area music educators, appearing as the main performing group in the premiere of Daniel Kingman's "Appalachian Harmony," performing in joint concerts with Tom Hazelton and Ron Rhode, both nationally renowned theater organists, and with Fire in the Kitchen, a popular Celtic music trio, and premiering musical works especially commissioned for this group. In spring 2009 ETCC joined in a very exciting collaboration with Barter Theatre, the "State Theatre of Virginia" in its production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!
© 2013 Mountain Empire Children's Choral Academy
MOUNTAIN EMPIRE CHILDREN'S CHORAL ACADEMY