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Volume 26, Number 5 — May 2019

Arts Calendar

Children’s choirs to hold auditions
MECCA singers have performed at American Choral Directors Association regional and state conferences (2016, 2014), Carnegie Hall (2017, 2016, 2010, 2006), in Greece (Festival of the Aegean, 2014), in Hungary (International Chamber Choir Competition, 2007), and have collaborated with Barter Theatre, the American Boychoir, the Rybinsk (Russia) Girls Chorus, and many other renowned ensembles.

Children’s choirs to hold auditions

Date(s):  May 20 - 23, 2019
Venue: Various Venues
Along The Crooked road
Southwest Virginia, VA 24201

Young singers from across the region are invited to audition for either the East Tennessee Children’s Choir or the Emory Virginia Children’s Choir and register for the Choristers of the Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy.

Auditions for membership in the East Tennessee Children’s Choir is held Monday, May 20, between 4 and 5:30 p.m. at Munsey Church, 201 S. Roan Street, Johnson City, Tennessee. Auditions for membership in the Emory Virginia Children’s Choir is held Thursday, May 23, 4 -5:30 p.m., in the Byars Building on the campus of Emory & Henry College. Children who are in grades four and up may audition for either choir. Children are auditioned in small groups and no preparation is necessary. Auditions take about 25 minutes and are conducted on a first come, first served basis.
Children in grades 1-3 may register at the same times on the same dates for the Choristers: 4:00-5:30, Munsey Church, Johnson City, or at Emory and Henry (Byars Building). There is no formal audition for Choristers, but registration is a time to meet the director and sing informally. The Choristers perform in several concerts and events per year with the MECCA choirs, including with the symphony at Christmas. Amy Potterton is the director of the Johnson City group, and Emily McCraw is the director of the Emory group.

Mountain Empire Children's Choral Academy audition calendar at a glance:

May 20, 4-5:30 p.m., Munsey Church ~ East Tennessee Children’s Choir and Choristers

May 23, 4-5:30 p.m., Emory & Henry ~ Emory Virginia Children’s Choir and Choristers


MECCA singers have performed at American Choral Directors Association regional and state conferences (2016, 2014), Carnegie Hall (2017, 2016, 2010, 2006), in Greece (Festival of the Aegean, 2014), in Hungary (International Chamber Choir Competition, 2007), and have collaborated with Barter Theatre, the American Boychoir, the Rybinsk (Russia) Girls Chorus, and many other renowned ensembles. MECCA singers are regularly selected to participate in national, regional, state and district honor choirs, and Governor’s Schools for both Tennessee and Virginia, and many have been selected as national soloists. MECCA choirs receive yearly invitations to sing for the Biltmore Estate Christmas Candlelight Evenings.


For more information about the Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy or to audition for one of its choirs, contact Artistic Director, Jane DeLoach Morison at 423-914-9082 or director@meccacademy.org or go to www.meccacademy.org.



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