A Season To Believe Holiday Concerts


Symphony of the Mountains will present two Holiday Concerts on December 2, 2017, 3pm at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center, Kingsport, TN and the next day, on December 3, 3pm at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, VA.

Our fully professional orchestra, the Voices of the Mountains, 170 students from the Mountain Empire Choral Academy, and 80 children from the Academy of Strings will perform well-known Holiday tunes amid an indoor snow flurry.

Repertoire includes favorites such as:

  • “Believe” from Polar Express
  • “Fantasia on Greensleeves”
  • “Silent Night”
  • “Santa Claus is Coming To Town”
  • Music from Disney’s Frozen

After the concerts, the festivities continue with Santa Claus and a Cookie/Punch reception.


Special Guests

Academy of Strings

The Academy of Strings was formed in Johnson City, TN in 1991 by a gift from the late Mrs. Ruth Harris, who wished to establish an Academy that would use music as a tool to foster well-balanced children through arts education. Today the Academy provides music education to more than 80 students.

Master violinists and teachers Tim and Kim Barrett lead the Academy’s “human education” program, based on the popular Suzuki educational method. The Academy, hosted by Central Baptist Church in Johnson City, offers violin instruction including group lessons to youth ages 4 to 18. The most advanced students at the Academy participate in The Ambassador Strings, a touring, recording, and concert ensemble, which has performed for thousands at various outdoor summer festivals and symphony orchestra concerts.



Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy

Dr. Carl King chartered The East Tennessee Children’s Choir in 1987. In 2003, the ETCC spun off a senior high school-age choir, the Highlands Youth Ensemble, under the direction of Beth Perkinson McCoy. In 2005, the ETCC increased their outreach by forming the Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy. Artistic Director, Jane DeLoach Morison, started Da Capo for select middle school members of ETCC. Valerie Pickard conducts the Chorister Choir for children in grades 1-3. MECCA choirs offer numerous opportunities for children and youth to sing high caliber music, both solo and ensemble, in outstanding venues.


Noah Johnson

Noah is so excited to be joining the Symphony of the Mountains! He started singing three years ago and has studied voice under Zacchaeus Kimbrell, resident actor at the Barter Theatre, for two years. He performs with the Barter Youth Academy in Abingdon, Virginia year round. He also is the Broadway Comes to Greeneville 2016 Talent Search winner. His passion is theatre and he hopes to be seen on Broadway someday.