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DeKalb Symphony Orchestra to Perform at Young Harris College

Friday, October 19, 2012

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

DeKalb Symphony Orchestra to Perform at Young Harris College
Free concert presented during 2012 Georgia Music Teachers Association Annual Conference

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College will host the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra (DSO) as part of the annual “Fay Harmon Clegg Hoag Concert Series” on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building on the YHC campus. The performance is free and open to the public. Fyodor Cherniavsky will be conducting.

The DSO returns to campus this season for a special performance during the 2012 Georgia Music Teachers Association (GMTA) Annual Conference, hosted by Young Harris College. The program will include Prelude to Act III – Lohengrin by Wagner, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Liszt.

A state affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association, the GMTA is a nonprofit organization comprised of more than 700 independent and collegiate music teachers throughout the state committed to furthering the art of music through programs that support teaching, performance, composition and scholarly research. YHC Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Music Keith DeFoor, Ph.D., currently serves as GMTA president.

The 2012 winners of the GMTA piano and instrumental concerto competitions will perform at the concert. Yen Hsiang of Alpharetta, Ga., will be featured on the violin during Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26, Movement 1 by Max Bruch, while Alexander Claussen of Norcross, Ga., will be featured as pianist during Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22, Movement 1 by Camille Saint-Saëns.

Hsiang is a sophomore at Alpharetta High School, where she serves as concertmaster for the symphony orchestra. She has performed in Carnegie Hall and the Woodruff Arts Center and is a member of the first violin section of the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra. Also an accomplished pianist, Hsiang won the Steinway Prodigy Award in 2003 and the Grand Prize and Public Prize at the Munich International Piano Competition in 2004.

Claussen, a junior at Norcross High School, was granted the Georgia Federation of Music Clubs summer scholarship in 2011. He has attended Indiana University’s Summer Piano Academy twice and performed at the Georgia Music Educators Association’s All-State Winners Recital in Savannah, Ga., for the last five years. He has performed with the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra and in the youth orchestra for the Alliance Theater’s 2011 production of Into the Woods in Atlanta.

Established in 1964, the DSO is based in Clarkston, Ga., and presents concerts of traditional and contemporary symphonic repertoire. Of the 85 players in the full orchestra, 73 are volunteer players from the community. The DSO plays up to 15 concerts each year including the Subscription Series, Children’s Concert, Picnic Pops concerts, free community concerts and special performances. The DSO is a member of the League of American Orchestras and the Atlanta Coalition for the Performing Arts.

DSO conductor Fyodor Cherniavsky received formal music training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He is currently on the faculty at Georgia Perimeter College and previously served as assistant professor of music at Georgia State University. Cherniavsky is active as a guest conductor in the orchestral, choral and operatic fields as well as musicals and pops concerts. He has served as music director and conductor of Capitol City Opera, the Atlanta Community Orchestra, the Atlanta Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, the Atlanta Meistersingers and the Sandy Springs Chorale. He is also a producer for ACA Digital, Albany Records and Telarc International. He currently serves as broadcast recording producer of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for its local and national concert broadcasts.

This concert is presented through the “Fay Harmon Clegg Hoag Concert Series,” an endowed fund established in 1975 by alumni of Young Harris College to honor Fay Harmon Clegg Hoag, ’33, wife of a College president and an alumna who has been involved with Young Harris College for more than 78 years.

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