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Young Harris College’s Division of Fine Arts to Present “Christmas at Young Harris”

Friday, November 16, 2012

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

Young Harris College’s Division of Fine Arts to Present “Christmas at Young Harris”

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Division of Fine Arts will present “Christmas at Young Harris” featuring Young Harris College’s Concert Choir, Chamber Choir and Concert Band on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 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.

Many of Young Harris College’s talented music ensembles will join forces to present a holiday spectacular featuring a variety of Christmas favorites including “Silent Night,” “Santa Baby” and “Sleigh Ride.” Celebrate the season at this beloved annual concert, which culminates with an uplifting rendition of “O Holy Night.”

The 82-voice YHC Choir is directed by Assistant Professor of Music and Music Education Coordinator John Wayman, Ph.D., while Professor of Music, Director of Choral and Vocal Activities and Musical Theatre Program Co-Coordinator Jeff Bauman directs the 23-member YHC Chamber Choir. YHC Senior Instructor of Music and Director of Bands Mary Land serves as the director for the 71-member YHC Concert Band.

Many student vocalists will be featured as soloists during the concert. Sophomore music major Judith Lyle of Clarkesville, Ga., and sophomore music education major Joanna Burrell of Alpharetta, Ga., will be featured during “In the Bleak Midwinter.” Sophomore music education major Patrick Young of Dawsonville, Ga., will be featured during the French carol “Quelle est Cette Odeur Agreeable,” while sophomore theatre major Will Skelton of Hayesville, N.C., and junior music major Brian Walker of Powder Springs, Ga., will be featured during “White Christmas.”

Freshman Meredith Martin of Cumming, Ga., and junior music major Cody Killian of Murphy, N.C., will perform the piano duet “Mary’s Baby,” while junior music education major Allison Arnold of Young Harris, Ga., sophomore music education major Rachel Bettis of Dawsonville, Ga., sophomore music education major Lisa Dear of Blairsville, Ga., sophomore education major Claire Galt of Marietta, Ga., and senior music education major Melissa Murphy of Blairsville, Ga., will be featured on the flute during “Come Adore the Infant Holy” and “African Noel.”

The concert will include a silent auction during intermission, with proceeds going to help students fund a trip to the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) annual conference in January 2013 in Savannah, Ga. Land currently serves as the president of the GMEA, an organization comprised of approximately 4,000 music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education.

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 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit