The faculty of the Division of Fine Arts encourages students to take advantage of learning experiences outside the classroom. Students are given the opportunity to travel across the United States and worldwide to explore music, theatre and art in various cultures. Additionally, faculty members assist students in finding internships as they begin to plan for careers in the fine arts.
London Theatre Tour - May 2014
Twenty Young Harris College students traveled to London, England, for a one-of-a-kind study abroad experience. The group learned about many facets of theatre and musical theatre while exploring one of the world’s most enchanting and spectacular cultural centers. The trip included immersive behind-the-scenes tours of the Globe Theatre, Theatre Royal Drury Lane and Royal National Theatre complex. Students also had the opportunity to attend performances on the West End and visit other sites of historical and cultural significance.
New York City Art Tour - March 2013
The group absorbed various aspects of the visual and performing arts each day while also visiting some of the city’s most celebrated sights. They spent most of the trip exploring major works of art from the past 5,000 years at some of the city’s most celebrated museums while also sampling smaller galleries featuring cutting-edge work of contemporary artists. The art majors admired the architectural structure of the Guggenheim Museum where they explored modern and classic works by the likes of Picasso and Kandinsky before heading across the street to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the nation’s largest art museum with a permanent collection featuring more than two million works. Across town at the Museum of Modern Art, students studied works by renowned artists like Warhol and Van Gogh while also becoming acquainted with less familiar forms of visual expression including illustrated books, architecture and design, and film and video.
Click here to watch highlights from the NYC Art Tour.
YHC Chamber Choir European Debut - December 2012
The talented Chamber Choir traveled to Munich, Germany, for a one-of-a-kind study abroad experience. Students had the opportunity to spend a week at the world famous Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, rehearsing with other choral students, attending choral workshops, observing classes and lessons and visiting sites of historical and cultural significance in Bavaria. The trip culminated with the Chamber Choir’s European debut at the university.
Art Tour of Italy - May 2012
Students studied Italian art, literature and culture while touring museums, cathedrals and historical monuments in many of Italy’s cultural and historical centers including Florence, Rome, Venice, Lucca, Pisa, Siena and Cinque Terre. To prepare for the excursion, students enrolled in a comprehensive course that enhanced their experience abroad. Through lectures, selected readings, class discussions and hands-on activities, the course provided students with an introduction to many aspects of Italian culture and history as well as helpful tips about traveling abroad. As part of the course, students learned to identify and evaluate important works of art and architecture of ancient Rome, the Italian Renaissance and the Baroque Period.
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Click here to watch highlights from the NYC Art Tour.
YHC Choir European Concert Tour - May 2011
In May 2011, members of the Young Harris College Choir, led by YHC professor of music and director of choral and vocal activities Jeff Bauman, had the opportunity to travel on a sightseeing and performance tour of Europe. The group explored the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany on a 10-day excursion, immersing themselves in the art, history and music of Europe's cultural hubs while performing in at least four historic European venues, such as Prague’s St. Vitus Cathedral, Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Munich’s Frauenkirche.
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internships and FIELD EXPERIENCES
The Division of Fine Arts encourages and helps students to take part in internships that provide practical knowledge and experience to complement their coursework at YHC.
- Rebecca Armstrong, a theatre major from Covington, Ga., is working as the stage manager for the Porter Series at Brevard Music Center in summer 2011.
- Austin Freeman, a theatre major from Hartwell, Ga., and Michelle Honaker, a musical theatre major from Blairsville, Ga., are performing in the summer 2011 production of the outdoor drama Unto These Hills in Cherokee, N.C.
- Tory Gravitt, a theatre major from Cumming, Ga., is working as an actress for Chick-fil-A’s WinShape Foundation's newest WinShape Camps program, a One Week Overnight Camp for Girls, at Young Harris College during summer 2011.
- Will Skelton, a music major from Hayesville, N.C., Bekah Medford, a musical theatre major from Powder Springs, Ga., Evan McLean, a musical theatre major from Woodstock, Ga., Matt Jones, a musical theatre major from Hiram, Ga., Ashley Ware, a musical theatre major from Dacula, Ga., Michael Brown, a theatre major from Savannah, Ga., and Marvin Hemphill, a musical theatre major from Buford, Ga., are performing in the July 2011 production of Little Shop of Horrors at the Blue Ridge Community Theatre in Blue Ridge, Ga.
- Rebecca Armstrong and Stephen Dickson, a theatre major from Lilburn, Ga., worked on the run crew for the Summer Institute and Festival at Brevard Music Center that was held from mid-June to early August 2010.
- Misty Barber, a musical theatre major from Nashville, Ga., performed in three productions at Peach State Summer Theatre including White Christmas, Mulan and The Secret Garden during summer 2010.
- Bekah Medford participated in the Disney College Program at the Walt Disney World Resort, a one-of-a-kind, Disney-designed combination of education and work experience. Medford furthered her studies while playing the role of Winnie the Pooh and other characters at the Disney theme parks.