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Music at Milligan produces life-long learners and lovers of music, as well as accomplished performers. Milligan’s music faculty consists of knowledgeable and experienced musicians who also are dedicated and caring educators whose focus is helping students achieve their musical goals.

Students can pursue music in a variety of degree programs such as education or performance or elect music courses to enrich their liberal arts education. Students perform and tour with numerous ensembles, orchestras, and choirs and present an exciting array of recitals and concerts each year. They present world premieres and perform with internationally-renowned composers and musicians in addition to collaborating with regional symphonies and participating in professional field work experiences such as at the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville.

Milligan music graduates teach at all levels of music education, conduct professional music organizations, teach studio music, perform professionally, and serve in music ministry positions. Graduates of the music area have pursued further music studies at institutions throughout the United States and abroad.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan College Catalog (links above). The Milligan College academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.

Music events

Find out about all of the music and arts events, most of which are free and open to the public, at www.milligan.edu/arts.

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Ensembles

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Concert Choir

Dr. Noah DeLong, Conductor

The Milligan College Concert Choir is an auditioned ensemble that proudly upholds a long tradition of choral excellence within the Christian liberal arts context of the college. In the past, the choir has performed at the invitation of the President at the National Prayer Breakfast and also on international tours to England and Mexico.  In addition, the choir has been invited to sing at the North American Christian Convention, the Conference on World Evangelism-National Missionary Convention, and at the Tennessee State Conference of the American Choral Directors’ Association.

In recent years, the choir has maintained an active performance schedule on campus and throughout Northeast Tennessee. Also, the choir travels frequently throughout the United States, with recent tours to Washington, D.C., and the mid-Atlantic as well as Chicago and the Midwest. In addition, the choir regularly collaborates with the Milligan College Orchestra, the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, and the Symphony of the Mountains.

Women’s Chorale

Dr. Noah DeLong, 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.

Orchestra

Dr. Kellie D. Brown, Conductor

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, MCO is the pit orchestra for various opera and musical productions at Milligan College 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.

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.

Heritage

Dr. Noah DeLong, Director

Heritage is select a cappella ensemble of eight singers that maintains an active travel and performance schedule. The group, which was founded in 1983, frequently represents the college at churches, civic organizations, and college functions. Specializing in a wide variety of a cappella music, the group performs everything from modern worship music to Broadway, pop a cappella, spirituals, and vocal jazz. Contact Kit Dotson to book Heritage to perform at your church or organization.

Herd Mentality

Dr. Carrie Klofach, Director

Herd Mentality is an elite, auditioned men’s a cappella ensemble. They began in 2007 with barbershop and gospel, and now also sing jazz, be-bop, some early music, and traditional men’s glee. They sing for churches, various organizations and functions and sell Singing Valentines every February 14.

Scholarships

dsc_0347We are delighted that you are interested in auditioning for a Music Performance Scholarship at Milligan. The Music Program at Milligan awards several talent-based performance scholarships each year to incoming freshmen, regardless of their intended major.

The Music Performance Scholarship is a competitive, renewable scholarship awarded to a limited number of students each year who exhibit excellent performance ability and potential as identified through audition. The award amount is determined by a combination of the student’s audition results, ensemble needs, and funding availability. Performance Scholarships are available for concert choir, orchestra, women’s chorale, Heard Mentality, and musical theatre.

For priority consideration, applicants seeking music scholarships should be admitted to Milligan College by December 1 and audition by the end of February. Music scholarships are renewable for a total of four years enrollment and require full-time enrollment during fall and spring semesters. Scholarship recipients are required to maintain academic standards, take studio lessons on their major instrument or voice, and participate in ensembles or serve as accompanists as stipulated by their scholarship award contract.

STEPS TO APPLY

  1. Complete your admissions application to Milligan.
  2. Complete the music scholarship application.
  3. Contact Rita Myers, music secretary, at 423.461.8723 or rmyers@milligan.edu, to schedule an audition time AFTER you have completed the above processes (application and music form). See audition details below.

Audition dates for 2019

Saturday, January 26

Saturday, February 23

AUDITION Requirements

The music audition is a time to showcase your talent and hard work to the music faculty and to be considered for scholarship awards. Auditions are formal events in which we want to hear two of your most polished pieces and have a brief interview with you. The two audition pieces should be of contrasting style (Ex. Bach and Schumann; art song and musical theater, etc.) and should be chosen from standard repertoire (see specifics below). Accompanists will be provided for vocalists (no pre-recorded accompaniment is allowed). Instrumentalists will perform unaccompanied.

Click here for musical theatre audition requirements.

The overall impression is important so please dress as you would for a recital or special school performance. We prefer that you audition in person, but if a personal audition is not possible, you may audition by DVD or YouTube link.

SELECTING AUDITION REPERTOIRE

Prospective Pianists and Instrumentalists should perform two pieces of contrasting styles and musical periods from the following periods:

  • Baroque (Bach, Handel)
  • Classical (Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn)
  • Romantic (Schumann, Chopin, Franck)
  • Modern (Debussy, Bartok, Prokofiev, Hindemith)

Prospective Vocalists should perform material from two of the following categories:

  • German Lieder
  • French art songs
  • American or English art songs
  • Broadway/musical theater songs
  • Italian bel canto songs

Prospective Organists should perform a hymn, as you would play it for a congregation to sing, including introduction and all stanzas. You will also perform at least two other organ selections, and one selection to play on the piano.

Other Financial Aid Opportunities

All scholarship awards from the Music Program become part of the total institutional package offered by the college to the student. Other college scholarship and financial aid opportunities can be found at www.milligan.edu/SFS.

Calendar of Events

Aug 24 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm Milligan College Seeger Chapel
Milligan College will hold its annual All-East Prep Clinic hosting area high school choral students. Last year, we had 181 high school students and 16 choral directors representing 17 area high schools in attendance.  
Sep 8 @ 6:00 pm TVA Credit Union Ballpark
JCSO free outdoor pops concert.
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm Milligan College Seeger Chapel, Mary B. Martin Auditorium
Halloween Movie Spooktacular Costume contest for the kids!​ Dukas – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mussorgsky (orch. Rimsky-Korsakov) – Night on Bald Mountain Elfman (arr. Bartek) – Beetlejuice – Main Titles Hermann (ed. Lavender) – Prelude from[...]
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm Milligan College Gregory Center, McGlothlin-Street Theatre
Songs for a New World is a collection of independent scene-songs that are unified by the theme of choice. “It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice… or[...]
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm Milligan College Gregory Center, McGlothlin-Street Theatre
Songs for a New World is a collection of independent scene-songs that are unified by the theme of choice. “It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice… or[...]
Oct 26 @ 3:30 pm Milligan College Seeger Chapel, Mary B. Martin Auditorium
     The Milligan Music Department will present a short, family-friendly concert that showcases the wonderful world of film music. The performance will feature iconic songs such as “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s,“Let It[...]
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm Milligan College Gregory Center, McGlothlin-Street Theatre
Songs for a New World is a collection of independent scene-songs that are unified by the theme of choice. “It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice… or[...]
Oct 27 @ 2:30 pm Milligan College Gregory Center, McGlothlin-Street Theatre
Songs for a New World is a collection of independent scene-songs that are unified by the theme of choice. “It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice… or[...]
Nov 2 @ 7:30 pm Milligan College Seeger Chapel, Mary B. Martin Auditorium
The Milligan Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Kellie Brown, will take you on a zoological journey through centuries of great music that has used the amazing animal kingdom as its inspiration.  No matter how[...]
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm Milligan College Seeger Chapel, George O. Walker Auditorium
 
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm Central Baptist Church
Milligan College Concert Choir is performing Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Central Baptist Church in Johnson City, TN.
Nov 10 @ 4:00 pm Central Baptist Church
Milligan College Concert Choir is performing Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Central Baptist Church in Johnson City, TN.
Nov 16 @ 7:30 pm Milligan College Seeger Chapel, Mary B. Martin Auditorium
Storytelling Good Samaritan Charities’ Thanksgiving Drive Veterans get in free! With Megan Wells, Storyteller Thomas Jenrette, Narrator Prokoviev – Peter and the Wolf A special telling of The Ugly Duckling
Nov 17 @ 1:00 pm Biltmore Estate
Women’s Chorale will be performing the candlelight service at Biltmore Estate.
Nov 22 @ 7:30 pm Milligan College Seeger Chapel, Mary B. Martin Auditorium
Musical Theatre faculty member, Dr. Carrie Klofach, will present a recital in collaboration with fellow music faculty colleagues, Dr. Noah DeLong on piano and James West on guitar. The program will include songs from the[...]
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm Milligan College Seeger Chapel, Mary B. Martin Auditorium
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, and the[...]
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm Milligan College Seeger Chapel, Mary B. Martin Auditorium
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, and the[...]
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm Milligan College Seeger Chapel, Mary B. Martin Auditorium
THE NUTCRACKER Annual Toys for Tots toy drive With East Tennessee Youth Ballet and Academy, Cynthia Bernshausen, Artistic Director
Dec 15 @ 2:00 pm Milligan College Seeger Chapel, Mary B. Martin Auditorium
THE NUTCRACKER Annual Toys for Tots toy drive With East Tennessee Youth Ballet and Academy, Cynthia Bernshausen, Artistic Director
Feb 1 all-day Milligan College Seeger Chapel, Mary B. Martin Auditorium
Together again on Milligan’s campus, Men in Song and Women in Song will combine for a one-day choral festival open to singers of any age from high school through adult.  Dr. Rosephanye Powell form Auburn[...]
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm Milligan College Seeger Chapel, Mary B. Martin Auditorium
JCSO’S 50TH BIRTHDAY BASH! ETSU’s Blugrass Band, Daniel Boner, Director Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra, Eddie Dalton, Director ETSU Opera Theatre, Karen Smith, Director Appalachian Express Chorus, Mark Kettner, Director Songer – Seven Moons of Saturn
Feb 14 @ 7:30 pm Milligan College Gregory Center, McGlothlin-Street Theatre
Love can be warm and fuzzy, but also complicated at times. Musical theatre is a great way to take a look at the many manifestations of love. Milligan students will lead you on a journey[...]
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm Milligan College Gregory Center, McGlothlin-Street Theatre
Love can be warm and fuzzy, but also complicated at times. Musical theatre is a great way to take a look at the many manifestations of love. Milligan students will lead you on a journey[...]
Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm Milligan College Seeger Chapel, George O. Walker Auditorium
 
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm Milligan College Seeger Chapel, Mary B. Martin Auditorium
SCOTTISH INSPIRATIONS Concert dedicated to the memory of Mitch Link Melissa White, Violin Peter Maxwell Davies – An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise Felix Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 “Scottish” Max Bruch – Scottish[...]
Mar 24 @ 7:00 pm Milligan College Seeger Chapel, George O. Walker Auditorium
 
Apr 4 @ 2:00 pm Milligan College Seeger Chapel, Mary B. Martin Auditorium
 
Apr 18 @ 7:30 pm Milligan College Seeger Chapel, Mary B. Martin Auditorium
BEETHOVEN AT 250 For over 40 years, the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and Milligan College have collaborated to bring quality symphonic music to our region. In celebration of this partnership, the Milligan College Orchestra and[...]
Apr 25 @ 7:30 pm Milligan College Seeger Chapel, Mary B. Martin Auditorium
The Book of Ruth, an oratorio by Italian-American composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, will be performed by the Milligan Concert Choir and Orchestra in a world premiere performance.  Castelnuovo-Tedesco, born to Jewish parents in 1895, fled to[...]

Music Faculty

Dr. Kellie Brown

Kellie Brown

Professor of Music; Sub-Area Chair of Music

Phone: 423.461.8978
Contact via email
Office: Seeger Memorial Chapel 108

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