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.
Intern - Disney College Program
A professional internship at Disney is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity where classroom studies are applied to practical experiences and participants have a special opportunity to contribute to a global company, learning and working with the best in the business.
Actor - Brevard Music Center
Brevard Music Center provides a congenial summer community for young musicians of exceptional gifts. Four hundred students enroll each year from nearly every state in the U.S. and around the world. All students and an artist faculty of sixty live and work on the Music Center campus, 180 wooded acres in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
Actor - Peacock Playhouse
Built in the 1980s as the result of Lilith Lidseen's dream of creating a performing arts center for the people of this area, the theatre boasts 250 comfortable seats, superior sound and lighting, and a steady flow of stellar performances including four plays a year that make audiences laugh, swoon, or shake in their boots; musical concerts of great variety; and family entertainment such as juggling and magic shows.
Comedy Studies - The Second City in Chicago
For over 50 years The Second City has created a wealth of comedic material from a legendary group of performers. The Training Center follows the traditions developed by these groundbreaking and innovative men and women while encouraging the continued growth and development of the art forms of comedy and improvisation. Today, The Second City Training Center is the largest school of improvisation and sketch comedy in the world.
Georgia Ensemble Theatre
Georgia Ensemble Theatre is a performing arts theatre located in Roswell.
Intern - Act 3 Productions
Act3’s mission is to “inspire performers, support positive values and enrich the arts community by producing professional-level performances” with an emphasis on the creation of new works; supporting emerging artists and directors; and creating exceptional performing opportunities for all who grace our stage–youth and adults, alike.
Intern - Serenby Playhouse
Serenbe Playhouse believes that theatre is an art form with a unique power to illuminate the human experience; and does so by producing artistically rich, open-air theatrical performances for audiences throughout Greater Metro Atlanta. By reducing the barriers between audiences and the artists-in-residence, the playhouse provides numerous opportunities for engagement, conversation, and collaboration.
Artistic Director - Newnan Theatre Company
Newnan Theatre Company (NTC) has been providing live entertainment in downtown Newnan for over 30 years. With a full season of 10 shows, NTC is a busy and active theatre. Additionally, NTC offers youth programming, an improvisational comedy group (NITWITS), interactive murder mysteries, special events, and summer and holiday theatre camps for children.
Intern - Young Actors Playhouse
Young Actors Playhouse is a non-profit 501c3 organization.
Circle Ensemble Theatre
The Circle Ensemble Theatre Company is a professional nonprofit theatre whose mission is to be a catalyst for personal and social evolution through excellence in the art of theatre, and to play a vital role in the cultural life of Northeast Georgia.