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 Dr. Matthew V. Potterton, Chair of Music at East Tennessee State University, and accompanied by Ann Lavender.

Interested in joining Voices of the Mountains?

Voices of the Mountains, the chorus affiliated with Symphony of the Mountains, will begin its fourteenth  season in the Fall of 2018.

Auditions for our 2019-2020 Season will be held on Monday, July 29 at 7:00 pm in room 310 at the Renaissance Center located at 1200 E. Center Street, Kingsport, TN.

If you are interested in auditioning, 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 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 2019-2020 Season we will be performing the following:

  • Johannes Brahms: Requiem
  • Ola Gjeilo: The Ground
  • Dan Forrest: See Amid The Winter’s Snow
  • Craig Courtney arr: Let There Be Peace On Earth
  • Giacomo Puccini: Magnificat
  • Eric Whitacre: Five Hebrew Love Songs