Guest Artists

Guest Artists

2015 – 2016 Guest Artists

Morning, Noon and Night in Kingsport

David GraceOctober 3, 2015 – David Grace was the Chief Photographer for the Kingsport Times-News for 28 years and has worked in photojournalism for over 30 years.

His work has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. His magazine credits include Smithsonian, McCall’s, Sports Illustrated, Information Age and American Banker. His work has also appeared on Court TV and MSNBC.

He has received awards from the Associated Press, both Tennessee and Virginia State Press Associations and numerous local awards.

Italian Tapestry

Mathew Wilkinson

November 7, 2015 – Mr. Wilkinson, a Peoria, Illinois native, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon in Cello Performance. In 2005, he moved to Knoxville, TN to pursue his Masters Degree and teaching certificate at the University of Tennessee. He is a regular member of the Oak Ridge Symphony and Principal Cellist of the Symphony of the Mountains. In the summer of 2007, he was invited to perform in the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado where they performed over thirty concerts.  He is currently the orchestra director at Maryville High School and Junior High School. Mr. Wilkinson’s teachers include Ko Iwasaki, Suren Bagratuni, Steven Pologe, Hans Jensen Jorgen, and Wesley Baldwin.

Let’s Dance! Family & School Concerts

November 15 & 16, 2015 –

Lee and Thomas Walker High School Bands,                              Ben Harding & Andrea Hines, Directors

Lee and Thomas Walker High School Choirs,                      Cari Belcher, Director

Jonesville and Pennington Middle School Choirs,              Cari Belcher, Director

Peace On Earth Holiday Concerts

Mountain Mission School ChoirDecember 5 & 6, 2015 – 

More than fifty members make up the Mountain Mission School Choir. Students range in age from sophomores to seniors. Mountain Mission School is a Christian children’s home and school in Grundy, VA. Since 1969, these teens have performed all over the United States and in Canada, Austria, France, and the U.K. They have performed at numerous Christian conventions. They have appeared on television and as featured entertainment at Disney World, Disneyland, Opryland, and the Kennedy Space Center. In one year alone, they sang by invitation before twenty-six governors and at our nation’s capital at the request of Virginia’s senators. Other credits include the Wolf Trap Park for the Performing Arts near Washington, D.C.; the World’s Fair in New Orleans, LA; the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway; and celebrations for various Virginia legislators. The choir also performed at our nation’s capital for the Capitol Holiday Tree lighting ceremony in December 2004.
The choir’s programs are designed to appeal to a variety of musical tastes. They have an inspiring sacred repertoire, which they perform for religious settings, as well as popular and patriotic numbers for civic and community functions. In all of its performances, the choir, conducted by Hannah Pate, seeks to express Jesus’ joy and love through their songs.


Clark ParkerClark began playing piano at the age of six and teaching piano at the age of 14. He worked at a local music school from junior high through high school and picked up a number of stringed and percussion instruments there. While acquiring a degree in Chemical Engineering at Alabama, he was a member of the Million Dollar Band Drum Line and sang with University Singers. Clark was a member of the Kingsport’s Showtime cast for 16 years and vocal director for 11 of those. Now in his fourth year of singing with the Symphony of the Mountains, he lives in Colonial Heights with his wife Cari and a very spoiled collie, Griffen.