Milligan choir, orchestra to participate in worship at First Baptist, Kingsport

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (Sept. 19, 2013) — The Milligan College Concert Choir and Orchestra will participate in the morning worship service at First Baptist Church in Kingsport, Tenn., on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m.

The Milligan College Concert Choir is an auditioned mixed chorus of 43 students with a varied repertoire that includes classics, spirituals, hymn arrangements and multicultural music from around the globe. The students in the choir represent a variety of majors, including a number of students who are music majors or minors and who plan careers in music education or ministry.

The choir upholds a long tradition as an outstanding college choir. At the invitation of the president, the choir sang at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., and toured England, with special performances in Coventry Cathedral and in the Civic Centre of the City of Birmingham.

More recently, the concert choir sang at the Conference on World Evangelism-National Missionary Convention and the Tennessee State Convention of the American Choral Directors’ Association. Also, the choir frequently collaborates with the Symphony of the Mountains, the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and the Milligan College Orchestra.

The concert choir is under the direction of Noah DeLong, assistant professor of music. DeLong, who joined Milligan’s faculty in fall 2011, has conducted choirs at a number of churches and colleges, including the University of Iowa, Good News Bible Church (Iowa), Earlham College (Indiana), Ball State University, Westminster Presbyterian Church (Indiana) and Taylor University. In addition to his teaching and conducting experience, he has performed as a tenor soloist and accompanist for numerous choirs and solo vocalists.

The Milligan College Orchestra performs throughout East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia and collaborates frequently with professional ensembles and arts organizations, including The Civic Chorale, the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, the East Tennessee Regional Symphony, Mountain Empire Children’s Choir Academy and the City Youth Ballet. In addition, it is the pit orchestra for various opera and musical productions at Milligan and serves local churches in ministry. The orchestra also champions new works and has performed the world premieres of numerous pieces including “Three Genres” by John Grubb and “Genesis” by internationally renowned composer Kenton Coe.

The orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Kellie Brown, associate professor of music. Brown has been a member of the Milligan music faculty since 1998 and serves as chair of the music department, director of the strings program and conductor of Milligan’s orchestra. She is a frequent clinician and performer throughout the country and serves as the assistant conductor of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and assistant concertmaster for the Symphony of the Mountains.

As a soloist, Brown has performed several world premieres including “An Encounter for Violin and Piano” by Jane Perry. She has also conducted numerous world premieres including Grubb’s “Three Genres” and Coe’s “Genesis.” In addition, she has written numerous compositions, arrangements, and articles and is a recognized authority on music in the concentration camps during the Holocaust.

Brown studied at Furman University, East Tennessee State University and Appalachian State University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education, a master’s degree in violin performance, and a doctoral degree in higher education administration, with an emphasis in music administration.

First Baptist Church is located at 200 West Church Circle, Kingsport, Tenn., 37660.

For more information about this worship event, contact 423.247.4122. To learn more about Milligan, visit

Posted by on September 19, 2013.