Symphony of the Mountains Choral Director to Retire



Dr. W. Patrick Flannagan to retire after 18 years of service to the Symphony

 Kingsport, TN – Symphony of the Mountains today announced that the organization’s long-time Director of their choral division, Dr. W. Patrick “Pat” Flannagan, will be retiring from his position with the Symphony following their April 1st Verdi’s Requiem concert.

Dr. Flannagan began his service as Choir Director for the Bristol Concert Choir in 1999. In 2003, when the Kingsport Symphony Choir and Bristol Concert Choir merged to create a more regional choir known as Voices of the Mountains, Dr. Flannagan stepped into the role of founding Director and has continuously served in that position ever since.

“Pat has been a strong and talented leader for our choral group, but more importantly, a close friend to all of us at the Symphony. We may be losing our choir director, but I am thankful that we are not losing our friend.” said Symphony of the Mountains Music Director and COO, Cornelia Laemmli Orth.

Throughout Dr. Flannagan’s tenure as Choir Director, Voices of the Mountains has repeatedly been invited to perform all over the Mountain Empire and even points beyond. The group has been invited to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City on three occasions and at the award-winning Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece twice.

“He gave us opportunities we’d never had before.” said Voices of the Mountains Librarian and choral member Lynetta Johnson. “We suddenly had offers to sing outside of our community and even our country.”

Dr. Flannagan’s final performance as Director of Voices of the Mountains will be on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center in Kingsport, TN as Symphony of the Mountains, Voices of the Mountains and other area choirs perform Verdi’s Requiem.

“I will miss the people of Symphony of the Mountains and Voices of the Mountains most. Their dedication and commitment to our area is incredible.” said Dr. Flannagan. “However, I am most looking forward to having more time to spend with my King students.”