Under the direction of Jane D. Morison, the purpose of the East Tennessee Children's Choir (ETCC) and Emory Virginia Children's Choir (EVCC) is to provide exceptionally talented singers in grade four and up 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 choir of ETCC singers in grades 7 and up was formed in 2008 to provide an opportunity for advanced singers to tackle more challenging repertoire in a smaller, more collaborative setting.
ETCC and EVCC consist of children from at least 30 different communities in the Mountain Empire, representing more than 40 schools, private, public and home. It is open to children of all cultures and belief systems, as well as those who are economically, physically and/or mentally challenged. A tuition assistance program is available. Please see member handbook for instructions on how to apply.
1. Give vocally talented children and youth 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 choirs 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 choirs have 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. They 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 and EVCC continue to expand their 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.
Members of the choirs performed at Carnegie Hall in 2017 as part of a festival choir led by MECCA Artistic Director Jane DeLoach Morison.
© 2013 Mountain Empire Children's Choral Academy
MOUNTAIN EMPIRE CHILDREN'S CHORAL ACADEMY