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Young Harris College to Present Chamber Choir Concert

Monday, October 15, 2012

Author: Heather Poole
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310,

Young Harris College to Present Chamber Choir Concert
Ensemble to preview program for European debut in December 2012

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – On Saturday, Oct. 27, the Young Harris College Chamber Choir will preview the program for its upcoming European debut in December 2012. The concert will begin 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 December, the 23-member YHC Chamber Choir will have the opportunity to travel to Munich, Germany, for a one-of-a-kind study abroad experience led by YHC Professor of Music, Director of Choral and Vocal Activities and Musical Theatre Program Co-Coordinator Jeff Bauman. The trip is supported by funding from YHC’s Friends of the Arts (FOTA) program and a generous grant from the German government.

Students will have 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 will culminate with the Chamber Choir’s European debut at the university.

“I truly feel like this is the opportunity of a lifetime. I am blessed to have the chance to study music in Munich this December, and I really can’t explain how much it means to be supported by the community and the patrons who support the FOTA program,” said JeRee Dukes, a junior music major from Lincolnton, Ga.

The YHC Chamber Choir will celebrate the Christmas season early by previewing holiday tunes that will be performed in Europe, including works by celebrated American choral composer William Billings and a French carol arranged by David Wilcocks. The show will also feature familiar holiday favorites, including “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” “Santa Baby” and “White Christmas.”

The choir will also perform its beloved “Acapalooza” repertoire of original arrangements with performances by The Compulsive Lyres and Southern Harmony. The program includes popular hits like “For the Longest Time” by Billy Joel, “Hazy Shade of Winter” by Paul Simon and “Lucky” by Jason Mraz.

Many Young Harris College students will be featured as soloists during the concert. Freshman theatre major T’Arica Crawford of Buford, Ga., will be featured during “Operator” by William Spivery, while junior business and public policy major Britney Cheney of Brooks, Ga., will be featured during “There is a Balm in Gilead” by William Dawson. Judith Lyle, a sophomore music major from Clarkesville, Ga., and Emily Espy, a junior theatre and music education major from Cumming, Ga., will be featured during “In the Bleak Midwinter” arranged by Abbie Betinis.

In addition to Cheney, Crawford, Dukes, Espy and Lyle, Southern Harmony is comprised of junior Mathilde Brun of Gavleborg, Sweden, sophomore Joanna Burrell of Dawsonville, Ga., freshman Courtney Farmer of Hiawassee, Ga., junior Ashley Johnson of Canton, Ga., freshman Ali McCollough of Augusta, Ga., senior Bekah Medford of Powder Springs, Ga., freshman Ansley Meyer of Williamson, Ga., and sophomore Sally Petty of Cumming, Ga.

Compulsive Lyres is comprised of senior Chase Alford of Carrollton, Ga., senior Rolando Fernandez of Canton, Ga., senior Jeremiah Kersting of Sugar Hill, Ga., senior Evan McLean of Woodstock, Ga., senior Eric Miller of Clayton, Ga., sophomore Ben Sims of Hiram, Ga., sophomore Will Skelton of Hayesville, N.C., junior 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