The Paramount Chamber Players

Chamber Music for the Mountain Empire


An evening I will never forget. One of the most talented chamber orchestras and vocal ensembles in the country. . . The Paramount Chamber Players. - J. Buck Ford, February 13, 2016

10th Anniversary programs were great! I am looking forward to 10 more years! - Pat Sheets, Johnson City Dynamic Contributor, May 31, 2015


Thank you for another magnificent concert in Abingdon today! - Julie Powell, Abingdon Dynamic Contributor, May 2, 2015


Exquisite sounds from the mountains flow like warm arms outreached. So brands the music of (the) Paramount Chamber Players. - Bristol Herald Courier, October 23, 2014

Oh, the quality of the Paramount Players is absolutely unbelievable - Bristol Herald Courier, April 26, 2012


Why all the fuss? Talent in abundance, that’s why.  - Bristol Herald Courier, April 14, 2011


The Paramount Chamber Players have enriched the musical life in our area in ways too numerous to mention. - Laura Ann Warner, President of The Bristol Music Club


Four words say it all.. . . You feed my soul. - Beth McCoy, Director Emerita of MECCA



2016-17 Concert Season


Four Seasons

            Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall. Which do you like best of all?

                                                                                           - Helen H. Moore

There is no doubt that Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is one of the most beloved and played works in all of music history largely as a result of the joy that permeates its every musical moment. To balance this 18th century warhorse, we will present the 20th century work sharing the same name, Piazzolla’s Cuatro Estaciones Porteńas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires). The Paramount Chamber Players welcomes the young artists of Colpi d’arco to the stage to share this exciting event.



Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi

Cuatro Estaciones Porteńas by Astor Piazzolla


September 29 - October 2, 2016

Thu. Sept 29 7:30pm Holy Trinity Lutherian Church, Kingsport, TN
Fri. Sept 30 7:30pm Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN
Sat. Oct. 1 7:30pm Mathes Hall, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
Sun. Oct. 2 3:00pm Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church, Abingdon, VA



Winter Winds

            But we’ll be safe from winter’s blow, croodled in our corner, warm, at ease.

                                                                                     - Sam Miller


Let the warm sounds of the horn, oboe, flute and bassoon croodle your soul in the corner of your mind. This winter, the Paramount Chamber Players present for the first time a concert without strings, an experiment of sound and color, temperament and tempest. The piano remains as a consistent texture while the violin is replaced by the flute or oboe; the viola by the clarinet; and, the cello by the bassoon. The center piece of this concert is a piano quintet by the Russian composer, Rimsky-Korsakov. TPCP artists, Rebecca Paluzzi and Craig Combs are joined by guest artists, Larry Mueller, oboe; Vic Chavez, clarinet; Jeffrey Whaley, horn; and, Rosalind Buda, bassoon.



Sonatine op. 85 for piano, flute, and clarinet by Florence Schmitt

Suite dapre Corrette for oboe, clarinet, bassoon by Darius Milhaud

Trio op. 188 for horn, oboe, and piano by Carl Reinecke

Quintet for piano, flute, clarinet, horn and bassoon by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov


January 26-29, 2017

Thu. Jan 26 7:30pm Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Kingsport TN
Fri. Jan 27 7:30pm Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN
Sat. Jan 28 7:30pm Mathes Hall, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
Sun. Jan 29 3:00pm Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church, Abingdon, VA


Singing in the Spring

            I’m singing in the rain. I’m singing in the rain. What a glorious feeling, I’m happy again.

                                                                                                 - Arthur Freed


What better way to celebrating the art of singing and instrumental melody than with the voices of young people? Local composer, Beth McCoy has written a new work, Celtic Suite, especially for The Paramount Chamber Players and the Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy. Following this premier, we showcase tenor Thomas O’Neill, the 2016 Paramount Chamber Players Award winner. In addition, the ensemble will reprise Ann Holler’s Souvenirs of Faith, an instrumental song fest of gospel songs. We top off the concert by getting our instruments singing the tunes of the great melodist Johannes Brahms in his Piano Quartet in G minor. Truly, “Singing in the Spring.”




Celtic Suite by Beth McCoy

Souvenirs of Faith by Anne Holler

Piano Quartet in G Minor by Johannes Brahms


April 6-9, 2017

Thu. April 6 7:30pm First Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, TN
Fri.  April 7 7:30pm St. John's Episcopal Church, Johnson City, TN
Sat. April 8 7:30pm Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN
Sun. April 9 3:00pm Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church, Abingdon, VA


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