YHC Chamber Choir to Present "Acapalooza"

Friday, April 5, 2013

Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310, kndean@yhc.edu

Young Harris College Chamber Choir to Present "Acapalooza"

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Chamber Choir will close its season with the wildly popular concert sensation “Acapalooza” on Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building on the YHC campus. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for students and free for children 12 and under. Tickets will be available at the door.

This annual audience favorite devoted to lighter fare features traditional choral forays into jazz and a cappella singing and puts the focus on individual members of the group, featuring them as soloists with the YHC Chamber Choir. The ensemble is directed by YHC Professor of Music, Director of Choral and Vocal Activities, and Musical Theatre Program Co-Coordinator Jeff Bauman. Accompaniment will be provided by YHC Staff Accompanist Anita Guss.

The program will feature a wide variety of choral music, ranging from sacred selections to vocal jazz, pop tunes and even some romantic Brahms Lieder that the YHC Chamber Choir learned during their recent study abroad experience at the world-famous Hochschule für Musik und Theater München in Germany. The concert will also highlight hits of the Broadway stage, culminating in a medley from Les Miserables featuring a student instrumental ensemble.

JeRee Dukes, a senior music major from Lincolnton, Ga., will conduct the men’s ensemble, Compulsive Lyres, in their performance of the American folk song “The Colorado Trail,” while senior music education major Jeremiah Kersting, of Sugar Hill, Ga., will conduct the female a cappella group, Southern Harmony, in their performance of “Heart, We Will Forget Him,” a lovely setting of Emily Dickinson’s romantic poem.

The Compulsive Lyres’ arrangement of the country classic “King of the Road” by Roger Miller will feature senior musical theatre major Chase Alford, of Carrollton, Ga., as a soloist. Senior musical theatre major Bekah Medford, of Powder Springs, Ga., will be featured as a soloist during Southern Harmony’s performance of Blondie’s smash hit “Heart of Glass.”

In addition to Dukes and Medford, Southern Harmony is comprised of junior Mathilde Brun of Gavleborg, Sweden, sophomore Joanna Burrell of Dawsonville, Ga., sophomore T’Arica Crawford of Buford, Ga., junior Britney Cheney of Brooks, Ga., senior Emily Espy, of Cumming, Ga., freshman Courtney Farmer of Hiawassee, Ga., junior Ashley Johnson of Canton, Ga., sophomore Judith Lyle, of Clarkesville, Ga., sophomore Ali McCollough of Augusta, Ga., freshman Ansley Meyer of Williamson, Ga., and junior Sally Petty of Cumming, Ga.

In addition to Alford and Kersting, Compulsive Lyres is comprised of senior Rolando Fernandez of Canton, Ga., senior Evan McLean of Woodstock, Ga., senior Eric Miller of Clayton, Ga., sophomore Ben Sims of Hiram, Ga., junior Will Skelton of Hayesville, N.C., senior Jeff Stewart of Young Harris, Ga., junior Brian Walker of Powder Springs, Ga., and sophomore Patrick Young of Dawsonville, Ga.

For more information, call the Young Harris College Division of Fine Arts at (706) 379-5182.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 200 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.