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15 YHC Students Selected for Georgia All College Band and Georgia All College Chorus

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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

15 Young Harris College Students Selected for Georgia All College Band and Georgia All College Chorus

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College is pleased to announce that 15 Young Harris College students were selected to perform in the Georgia All College Band and Georgia All College Chorus that are comprised of student musicians representing colleges and universities throughout the state. The students performed during the Georgia Music Educators Association’s (GMEA) Annual In Service Conference held in Savannah, Ga., Jan. 25-28.
 
Students selected for the All College Band include music education majors Rachel Bettis, flute, a freshman from Dawsonville, Ga., Natasha Harkins, clarinet, a freshman from Dawsonville, Ga., Adham Hamilton, bassoon, a freshman from Powder Springs, Ga., Chris Simms, alto saxophone, a senior from Cumming, Ga., Sally Petty, horn, a sophomore from Cumming, Ga., Jeff Stewart, trombone, a sophomore from Young Harris, Ga., and Patrick Young, tuba, a freshman from Dawsonville, Ga.

Students selected to perform in the All College Chorus include sophomore music education major Megan Davis of Blairsville, Ga., freshman musical theatre and English major Caroline Dern of Ellijay, Ga., freshman music major Judith Lyle of Clarksville, Ga., freshman religious studies major Ali McCollough of Augusta, Ga., freshman musical theatre major Ben Sims, of Hiram, Ga., sophomore musical theatre major Will Skelton of Hayesville, N.C., sophomore music major Brian Walker of Powder Springs, Ga., and senior music education major Jake Wentzek of Blairsville, Ga.

All College Band students were selected based on a recorded audition piece ranked by instrument-specific professors from Georgia colleges and universities. Students were selected to participate in the All College Chorus through director recommendation based on vocal ability, musical experience and intended field of study. 

“I am thrilled that 15 Young Harris College students earned membership into these elite ensembles,” Senior Instructor of Music and Director of Bands Mary Land said. “Our students worked hard to prepare for this amazing opportunity to perform with accomplished student musicians from every college and university in the state.”

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. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 900 students across four divisions—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 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.

Students selected to perform in the All College Band include (from left to right) freshman Rachel Bettis of Dawsonville, Ga., Senior Instructor of Music and Director of Bands Mary Land, sophomore Sally Petty of Cumming, Ga., freshman Adham Hamilton of Powder Springs, Ga., Georgia All College Band Conductor Gary Green, senior Chris Simms of Cumming, Ga., freshman Natasha Harkins of Dawsonville, Ga., sophomore Jeff Stewart of Young Harris, Ga., and freshman Patrick Young of Dawsonville, Ga.

Students selected to perform in the All College Chorus include (front row, left to right) sophomore Megan Davis of Blairsville, Ga., freshman Ali McCollough of Augusta, Ga., freshman Caroline Dern of Ellijay, Ga., freshman Judith Lyle of Clarksville, Ga., (back row, left to right) sophomore Will Skelton of Hayesville, N.C., sophomore Brian Walker of Powder Springs, Ga., freshman Ben Sims of Hiram, Ga., and senior Jake Wentzek of Blairsville, Ga.

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