Voices of the Mountains

Kingsport has been fortunate to have a chorus affiliated with its symphony since 1958. When the symphony became regional, the chorus did, also. By merging with the Bristol Concert Choir in 2003, Voices of the Mountains (VOTM) was created as an auditioned, regional chorus affiliated with Symphony of the Mountains. The goal of the chorus is to provide the highest quality choral music to audiences of all ages throughout our region.

Voices of the Mountains sings annually with Symphony of the Mountains at the December holiday concert and one spring concert. Additionally, VOTM performs independently in the fall and spring of each concert season. The repertoire of the chorus varies from Renaissance motets and madrigals, Baroque oratorios, Viennese masses, to modern folk songs. Recent performances of Verdi’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria have been well received. An ensemble from Voices of the Mountains performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall in January 2006 and May 2008.

Voices of the Mountains is conducted by W. Patrick Flannagan, Professor of Music at King College, and accompanied by Vicki P. Fey, Co-Director of Music Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Bristol.

Interested in joining Voices of the Mountains?

Voices of the Mountains, the chorus affiliated with Symphony of the Mountains, will begin its twelfth season in the Fall of 2016.

Auditions for our 2017-2018 Season will be held on Monday, July 10 at Central Presbyterian Church at 301 Euclid Ave., Bristol, VA and Monday, August 21 in room 310 at the Renaissance Center located at 1200 E. Center Street, Kingsport, TN.

If you are interested in auditioning, but are unable to attend the scheduled auditions, please contact the Symphony of the Mountains office at 423.392.8423.

You do not need to prepare anything for the audition. Dr. Potterton will listen to you sing scales so he can get to know your range. He will also play a series of notes and have you repeat them back. It is NOT important that you read music well. He will provide practice recordings so that you can practice at home. The most important thing is that you have a passion for music and are willing to work to make the highest quality music possible.

Monday night rehearsals will alternate weekly between Kingsport and Bristol. This facilitates rehearsal attendance for chorus members who drive from long distances and equitably distributes the commuting required. Carpools are available and encouraged.

The Voices of the Mountains is directed by Dr. Matthew Potterton, Director of Choral and Vocal activities in the Music Department at ETSU.

The chorus meets on Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 pm.

For more information, please contact the Symphony of the Mountains office at 423.392.8423.

In our 2017-2018 Season we will be performing the following:

  • Randall Thompson: Frostiana
  • Norman Dello Joio: Song of an Open Road
  • Dan Forrest: Requiem for the Living