Faith, Arts and Culture
Fall 2012 Schedule of Events


September 11, 7:30 p.m.
Mary B. Martin Auditorium,
Seeger Chapel



David Runner & Carlene Eastridge, Duet Organ Recital

Duet organ music, that is, music written for two players at one organ, is relatively rare, but presents many exciting possibilities. This recital by David Runner and Carlene Eastridge was performed last July in Charleston, South Carolina, at the annual Spoleto Festival and received excellent reviews.

Beginning with John Rutter’s Variations on an Easter Theme, the varied program continues with music by Robin Dinda, Edith Boroff, Michael Burkhardt, Kenneth Leighton, Paul L. Thomas, and concludes with Richard Wagner’s famous Ride of the Valkyries.

There is music for every musical taste — from serious to sentimental, from familiar to humorous — come prepared for an evening of entertainment and enjoyment.

September 15, 7 p.m.
Mary B. Martin Auditorium,
Seeger Memorial Chapel



Area-wide String Orchestra Concert

Milligan will host the sixth annual area-wide string orchestra workshop and concert featuring 200 high school and college string students from Dobyns-Bennett High School, Science Hill High School, and Milligan College.

The workshop clinician will be renowned string educator and conductor Scott Laird from the North Carolina School for Science and Mathematics. The day will culminate with an evening concert showcasing the beautiful and energetic sounds of a mass string orchestra.

September 20, 11 a.m.
Mary B. Martin Auditorium,
Seeger Memorial Chapel



Chapel: Joe Castillo

Artist, pastor and storyteller Joe Castillo began his career as a sand artist when his wife sent him to the hardware store to pick up some mulch. After noticing a bag of sand spilled onto the floor of the store, Castillo came home and created a new form of art that he calls SandStory. 

Since then he has inspired millions of people using only a light table, sand, and his hands.  Kings, dignitaries, and CEOs in 14 countries are among the thousands that have witnessed his live presentations.  Most recently Castillo has been featured as a performer on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

September 22, 9 a.m.
Mary B. Martin Auditorium
Seeger Memorial Chapel



Dr. Gary Chapman’s The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted conference

Led by Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the best-selling Five Love Languages, this conference is not a dry, formal marriage seminar—it’s a time of fun and discovery that can help you build the love relationship of your dreams. Whether you’re getting married in six months—or have been married 60 years—you’ll get solutions you can use. With biblical advice and a healthy dose of laughter, Dr. Chapman gives valuable tips on breaking unhealthy patterns and choosing to develop a God-honoring, happy marriage.

Tickets are $75 per couple or $40 per individual if registered before Sept. 21. Tickets the day of the conference are $50 per person. Group rates are available.

September 29
8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Seeger Memorial Chapel
Music Education Workshop

The Milligan music department will present a professional development workshop that includes sessions on general music and choral music. Presenting at the workshop will be Dr. Maribeth Yoder-White, the featured guest speaker from the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University, as well as Dr. Charlotte Anderson, Dr. Kellie Brown, Noah DeLong, and Anne Elliott of the Milligan music faculty. 

Participants will receive a certificate for 4 hours of professional development credit. Registration for the workshop is $10, and the deadline is September 1. For more information and to register, go to:


October 1–31,
Milligan Art Gallery
Derthick Hall

October 27, 11 a.m.

Measured by Brush Marks

Measured by Brush Marks, an art exhibition featuring the works of David Knoecklein, will be open October 1-31 in the Milligan Art Gallery, located in the lower level of Derthick Hall.

A reception for the artist will be held during Milligan’s Homecoming festivities on Saturday, October 27 at 11 a.m.

October 4, 7 p.m.
Mary B. Martin Auditorium,
Seeger Memorial Chapel
Live, Love, Laugh tour with Chonda Pierce and Warren Barfield

Enjoy an evening of entertainment with Christian comedienne Chonda Pierce and songwriter/recording artist Warren Barfield.

Tickets are $17 for students or groups of 10 or more; $20 for general admission; and $25 for VIP seating. Tickets will be sold online and in the Milligan Bookstore. More details coming soon.

October 20
Seeger Memorial Chapel

Concert, 4 p.m.

Workshop, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$20 Registration free is due by September 21

Young Men's Vocal Workshop

The Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy and Milligan College will present a vocal workshop open to any young men in grades 4-12 who would like to learn more about singing in a fun environment with other young men. 

The clinician will be Vincent Oakes, artistic director of the Chattanooga Boys Choir and director of choral music at Chattanooga’s Baylor School.

The workshop will conclude with a final concert on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Mary B. Martin Auditorium. The concert, which will be open to the public, will feature workshop participants as well as Milligan’s own men’s group, Heard Mentality. 

The registration fee of $20, which includes the workshop fee, music, t-shirt, lunch on Saturday, and snacks, is due by September 21. For more information and to register, contact Jane Morison at or 276.645.5785. 

October 25–27, 7:30 p.m.
October 28, 2:30 p.m.
Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts
And Then There Were None

The Milligan Theatre department presents And Then There Were None, a murder mystery by Agatha Christie. All performances will be in the McGlothlin-Street Theatre of the Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts.

All seats are $5. Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 12 in the Milligan Bookstore. Call 423.461.8733 for more information.

October 27, 3:30 p.m.
Mary B. Martin Auditorium,
Seeger Memorial Chapel

(Music alumni reception to follow in Walker Auditorium)


Homecoming Concert: “Milligan’s Musical Heritage”

The Milligan music department will present a short concert celebrating several long-standing musical traditions such as Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale and Heritage, as well as newer additions like the Milligan Orchestra and Heard Mentality.

This performance will feature a variety of styles from light classics to sacred to Broadway and will include a special commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the founding of Heritage, Milligan's eight-voice a cappella ensemble. Alumni who participated in any music ensemble at Milligan, including previous members of Heritage, are invited to stay for a reception following the concert.

October 30, 11 a.m.
Mary B. Martin Auditorium,
Seeger Memorial Chapel


Convo: David Bowden

Reality is construed and misconstrued by words.  Following the tradition of the Beat Poets of the 1950s and Slam Poets of the 80s, spoken-word artist David Bowden seeks to speak for people, groups and ideas whose voices are unheard or misunderstood.

Bowden uses poetry to challenge and inspire individuals and groups to give a voice to the voiceless, promote social justice, and care for the needy throughout the world. 

While writing and performing for nonprofits, activist movements, and youth conferences around the country, Bowden also serves as executive director of Give A Goat.


November 2, 7:30 p.m.
Mary B. Martin Auditorium,
Seeger Memorial Chapel


Milligan Orchestra Concert: Celebrating Strings

The Milligan College Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Kellie Brown, will present a concert celebrating string players and teachers from our region.

The orchestra will perform the beautiful film music of Ennio Morricone including Gabriel’s Oboe and Cinema Paradiso and other exciting works including Handel’s Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, Meditation by Jack Jarrett, and “Pizzicati” from Sylvia by Léo Delibes.

The second half of the concert will showcase the virtuosic playing of the violin students of Jane MacMorran and Catherine McGlasson from Suzuki Talent Education of Appalachia and from The Academy of Strings directed by Timothy and Kimberly Barrett.

The Milligan Orchestra will accompany the large group of violinists in a variety of music including works by Dvorak, Seitz, Bach, and Fiocco, and will conclude with a fabulously clever arrangement of Leroy Anderson’s Buglar’s Holiday.

November 8

11 a.m.
Mary B. Martin Auditorium,
Seeger Memorial Chapel

7 p.m.
Hyder Auditorium,
Science Building


Chapel: David Johnson

David Johnson is the founder of Silent Images, a nonprofit that uses the art of photography to tell stories of hope in the midst of persecution, poverty, or oppression.

Through image and story, Johnson and his staff document the plight of people in places like Sudan, Darfur, Thailand, and Haiti, as well as the struggles of those closer to home in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

In the tradition of comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable, Johnson aims to move his audience beyond simple awareness into action, empowering them to make a difference where they live.

November 13, 11 a.m.
Mary B. Martin Auditorium,
Seeger Memorial Chapel


Convo: Steven James

One of the nation’s most innovative storytellers, Steven James, will speak. A critically acclaimed author, James has written more than 30 books, including his bestselling Patrick Bowers series.

November 18, 7:30 p.m.
Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts


CMC Live Tour 2012

The Contemporary Music Center of Nashville, Tennessee, brings together college students from across the country to spend a semester in Nashville learning about popular music, the music industry, and technical aspects of music, video and lighting.

These students then bring their show on the road with a full production including professional lights, sound, and video for a full, high-energy concert experience. A performance by Milligan College students will top off the evening for an event you won’t want to miss.

November 16–17
Seeger Memorial Chapel &
Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts


Sonata Festival

Milligan College has again been chosen to host the renowned Sonata Music Festival.

Organized by the Appalachian Classical Music Association, this festival draws student musicians from several states to perform for an elite group of judges and compete for prizes.

It is now open to collegiate level students and all instrumentation. This festival also includes a Young Artistry Competition for all levels.

More information and registration information can be found at

November 19, 7:30 p.m.
Mary B. Martin Auditorium,
Seeger Memorial Chapel
Milligan Jazz Ensemble & ETSU Bluegrass Band: Jazz Meets Bluegrass

In a collaborative joint concert, the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Band will combine with the Milligan College Jazz Ensemble for a unique evening of music.

The Bluegrass Band under the direction of Daniel Boner, and the Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Rick Simerly, will present an evening concert that features two different yet very similar genres of distinctive American music.

Admission for this event is $5, with proceeds going to both programs. Tickets will go on sale October 1. For more information call the Milligan College music office at 461.8723 or the ETSU bluegrass department office at 439.8582.


Sunday, December 2
7:30 p.m.
Mary B. Martin Auditorium,
Seeger Memorial Chapel

($5 Suggested Donation)

Milligan College Christmas Concert

The glorious sounds and sights of the season will be a great start to your Christmas festivities as the Milligan Music Department presents its annual Christmas concert.

The performance will feature choirs, orchestra, brass choir, and the organ in the beautifully decorated Seeger Memorial Chapel. The evening will also include a carol sing-along and will conclude with a moving candle-lighting and singing of “Silent Night.”

The concert is free, but an offering with a suggested donation of $5 will be taken to benefit the Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House in Johnson City.

December 7, 8 p.m.
McMahan Student Center


Milligan Jazz Combos Concert

The Milligan College jazz combos will be featured in an evening of small group jazz that emphasizes individual improvisation and group arrangements in the jazz club setting of SUB7, located in Milligan’s McMahan Student Center.

A variety of styles will be performed including Latin, swing and rock, with individual instrumental improvisations by every combo member being the central focus of each selection.

December 13, 11 a.m.
Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts
Theatre for Young Audiences Performance

Milligan’s Theatre for Young Audiences celebrates its 25th anniversary this fall. Each year, the group of theatre students travels to elementary schools throughout the region to perform an original play with an educational message.

The Dec. 13 performance at Milligan is an opportunity for homeschool families to enjoy the same production that more than 2,000 East Tennessee school children have already seen at their respective schools.


The Milligan College Arts Council is dedicated to providing quality arts programming for the Milligan community and the region, supporting the
liberal arts curriculum of the college, and encouraging others to
enrich their lives through the arts.