Milligan, ETSU present ‘Women in Song’ Choral Festival

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (February 19, 2018) — The “Women in Song” Choral Festival is back again for a second year. This two-day festival and concert, presented by the music departments of Milligan College and East Tennessee State University, celebrates female singers from throughout the region and will be held Friday and Saturday, March 16-17, in the Mary B. Martin Auditorium located in Milligan’s Seeger Chapel, culminating with a free public concert on Saturday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m.

Guest clinician Joan Szymko, a prominent composer of choral music from the Pacific Northwest, will lead the festival, including opportunities for participants to learn new music and increase musical skills.

“Joan’s choral compositions are frequently performed by choirs across the country, so we are honored to have her lead this year’s festival, which promises to be a wonderful celebration of music, artistry and community,” Dr. Noah DeLong, Milligan associate professor of music and choral conductor.

“Last year’s Festival Choir consisted of about 130 women from throughout our community and we hope to have even more this year,” said Dr. Matthew Potterton, associate professor and chair of the ETSU Department of Music and director of choral and vocal activities. “We are very fortunate to have Ms. Szymko lead the Festival Choir this year. She is internationally recognized as one of our country’s leading composers and conductors.”

The finale concert will include performances by the college’s Women’s Chorale, conducted by DeLong; Bella Voce; Cantemus; the East Tennessee Belles of ETSU, conducted by Potterton; and the Seymour High School Women’s Chorus, from Seymour, Tennessee.

The festival registration fee is $10, which includes music and Saturday dinner; the finale concert is free and open to the public. Register at

For more information, contact Milligan’s Area of Music at 423.461.8723 or; or the ETSU Department of Music at 423.439.4270,


MILLIGAN COLLEGE is a Christian liberal arts college in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan College, visit or call 800-262-8337.

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