New children’s chorale and Orff ensemble established at Maryville College

Carol James

Carol James

This fall, the Maryville College Music Department will be adding a new children’s chorale and Orff ensemble to the already-established Maryville College Youth Chorale.

This new performing group is for children grades 2 through 5 and will be under the direction of Carol James, a children’s choral and Orff-approach specialist who recently moved to the Knoxville area from South Carolina.

This new chorale will combine singing, instrument playing and music education. Orff instruments are percussion instruments that are specifically designed for children and have a beautiful and distinctive sound.

From 5 until 6:30 p.m., Sept. 1, area children are invited to meet James, have a singing interview and play the instruments. The session will take place in Bartlett Hall, room 101, in the MC campus. The group’s first rehearsal will be held from 3:15 until 4:45 p.m., Sept. 8 in Bartlett Hall.

James has a master’s degree in percussion performance with Orff certification training. Before moving to the Knoxville area, she worked with the Augusta Children’s Chorale, a nationally known children’s chorale that performed at Carnegie Hall in 2008.

The new children’s chorale will be among the first groups to perform at the Clayton Center for the Arts, which is nearing completion on the Maryville College campus. Like the Maryville College Youth Chorale, the new children’s chorale will perform children’s vocal music of the highest caliber while striving to build character, teamwork, dedication and advanced musical skills among its members.

Cost to participate is $75 per semester. For more information, contact Carol James 865-288-3579 or

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