Pellissippi State’s free concert series continues with Winter Choral Concert

The 2011-2012 free concert series presented by Pellissippi State Community College resumes on Feb. 21 with the Winter Choral Concert. For the third consecutive year, two high school choirs, Karns and South Doyle, are guest performers.

During the hourlong concert, each of the young choirs will perform a 15-minute set of selections. Also presenting 15-minute sets are Pellissippi State’s two student choirs, the Concert Chorale and Variations Ensemble.

The Variations set includes music the students plan to perform during their upcoming spring break tour of central Germany. The evening’s finale brings the high school performers onstage to join Pellissippi State’s choirs.

Every Winter Choral Concert features two different schools, and new ones are invited each academic year. Bill Brewer, the college’s Music program coordinator, started the tradition.

Singers will be accompanied by pianists performing on Steinway pianos, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All Steinway School. The achievement of becoming an All Steinway School was reached last year as the result of a fundraising campaign begun in 2010 by the Pellissippi State Foundation in order to elevate the college’s Music program to world-class status. Pellissippi State now boasts 13 Steinway pianos in studios, practice rooms and performance venues.

Not only is Pellissippi State the premier All Steinway community college in Tennessee, but it is also the fourth All Steinway community college in the nation and one of only about 135 All Steinway schools in the world.

Like all events in the series, admission to the Winter Choral Concert is free. However, donations are accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund. For the 2010-11 academic year, the Foundation awarded more than 100 music-related scholarships to more than 80 Pellissippi State students.

The 7 p.m. performance is in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Parking is convenient and free.

For information on the Steinway Maintenance Society, call the Pellissippi State Foundation at (865) 694-6529 or visit

For additional concert information, call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or