Concert Choir

Noah DeLong, Conductor

The Milligan College Concert Choir is an auditioned ensemble that performs extensively on campus and throughout Northeast Tennessee and whose members represent a variety of majors from throughout the student body.

In its past, the choir has sung at the invitation of the President at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC. The choir travels frequently throughout the United States, most recently touring through Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia in the spring of 2013.

The choir has also toured throughout England, with special performances in Coventry Cathedral and in the Civic Centre of the City of Birmingham. In addition, the choir has been invited to sing at the North American Christian Convention, the International Conference on Missions, at the Tennessee State Convention of the American Choral Directors' Association, and the choir frequently collaborates with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony of the Mountains.

Upcoming engagements include performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Symphony of the Mountains in March 2014 and Handel’s Messiah with the Milligan College Orchestra in April 2014.

Women's Chorale

Anne Elliott, Conductor

Milligan Women's Chorale is a women's ensemble singing various styles of music and performing on and off campus. Continuing in Milligan’s strong tradition of women’s vocal ensembles, the Milligan Women’s Chorale was founded in Fall 2008.  The chorale performs literature of different styles ranging from sacred to popular.  The chorale performs for churches and various organizations in the Tri-Cities area.  The ensemble is open to all female students. 

Brass Ensemble

Rick Simerly, Conductor

Brass Ensemble is an instrumental ensemble for brass instruments devoted to the study and performance of literature written specifically for brass.  The group regularly performs at the annual Milligan Christmas Concert and throughout the region.

Jazz Ensemble

Rick Simerly, Director

The Milligan College Jazz Ensemble is an organization devoted to the performance of jazz and pop styles with emphasis on ensemble playing, solo playing, and improvisation.  Membership is by audition.  The group presents one concert each semester and has performed at the Grove Park Jazz Festival (the opener for Ellis Marsalis), and most recently at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Region IV Festival in Americus, GA.  In combination with the Milligan College Theatre Department, they performed an original musical, The Gospel According To Jazz.


Jazz Combo

Rick Simerly, Director

Jazz Combo is the study of jazz and pop styles for small ensembles with emphasis on ensemble playing, solo playing and improvisation as it relates to small group performance.




Dr. Kellie D. Brown, Conductor

The Milligan College Orchestra was founded in 1999 as an expansion of the string program at Milligan. Besides providing an excellent ensemble experience for Milligan students, the orchestra has broadened into the community to include students from East Tennessee State University and area high schools, as well as Milligan alumni and members from the community. The Milligan College Orchestra performs throughout East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia and collaborates frequently with area ensembles, including the Johnson City Civic Chorale, the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, and the East Tennessee Children's Choir. The orchestra also champions new works and has performed the world premiers of three pieces including Three Genres by John Grubb and Genesis by Kenton Coe.

String Quartet

Cheryl Fitzgerald, Director

The Milligan College String Quartet is an auditioned chamber group featuring the college's premier string players. In addition to performing frequently on Milligan's campus, this group is also featured throughout East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.



Civic Band & Johnson City Symphony Orchestra

Civic Band provides students a performance opportunity with the Johnson City Community Concert Band. The Johnson City Symphony Orchestra provides students an opportunity to perform with a community orchestra.


Noah DeLong, Director

Heritage shares the Milligan spirit in churches and area civic organizations throughout the region; also at college functions. This auditioned a cappella ensemble consists of eight members. Heritage is Milligan's premier traveling ensemble. They have sung for many churches, community and civic groups, and regularly represent the college around the country. With more than 20 years history, the group is regularly sought after for their distinct a cappella style and presentation. Contact Kit Dotson for scheduling.

Heard Mentality

Heard MentalityDr. Charlotte Anderson, Director

Heard Mentality began in 2007 as the brain-child of Stephen Morse, a chemistry major at Milligan, and was joined by Alex Henderson, Tim Laurio and Tommy Parker. The group’s “official” premier was during the music area’s Broadway Revue in fall 2008 singing “Coney Island Baby.” It along with “Buffalo Gals” have become the group’s theme songs.

When Stephen left for medical school at VA Tech, the group disbanded for a short time, but Alex and Tim restarted the group in fall 2010 and were joined by Lucas Schmidt and Tyler Luttrell. Dr. Charlotte Anderson, assistant professor of the practice of music, became their coach and enlisted the help of Sam Blackwell, a longtime barbershop performer.

The quartet became so popular and sought after that in fall 2011 they became an elite, auditioned Milligan ensemble for class credit. Though they began with mostly barbershop and gospel, they now also do jazz, be-bop, some early music, and traditional men’s glee. Every Valentine’s Day they make money for their music and supplies by selling “Singing Valentines.” Primarily, they sing for the love of God and harmony.