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

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Author: Ali Hatley
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Sixteen 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 16 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. 24-27.

Students selected for the All College Band include music education majors Rachel Bettis, flute, a junior from Dawsonville, Ga., Allison Arnold, flute, a junior from Young Harris, Ga., Joanna Burrell, clarinet, a sophomore from Dawsonville, Ga., Lindsey Yearwood, clarinet, a sophomore from Douglasville, Ga., Sally Petty, horn, a junior from Cumming, Ga., Patrick Young, tuba, a sophomore from Dawsonville, Ga., and music majors Adham Hamilton, bassoon, a sophomore from Powder Springs, Ga., and Rolando Fernandez, trumpet, a senior from Canton, Ga.

Students selected to perform in the All College Chorus include freshman music education major Sarah Stogsdill, of Shalimar, Fla., freshman theatre major Carrie Moll, of Suwanee , Ga., freshman music major  Courtney Farmer, of Hiawassee, Ga., freshman music education major Codi Wayand, of  New Port Richey, Fla., freshman theatre major LaDareon Copeland, of Centerville, Ga., freshman theatre major Zachary Waters, of Calhoun, Ga., freshman music education major John-Michael Thomas, of Clarksville, Ga., and freshman music major Andrew Smith, 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.

“It is amazing that 16 of our students earned the opportunity to perform in these elite ensembles,” YHC Assistant Professor of Music and Music Education Coordinator John Wayman, Ph.D., said. “Our students are among the best, and they truly demonstrated their talents as they performed with other top students from higher education institutions across the state. We may be a small college, but our students pack a talented punch.”

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


Young Harris College students selected to perform in the All College Chorus and All College Band include (front row, left to right) Sally Petty, of Cumming, Ga., Adham Hamilton, of Powder Springs, Ga., Lindsey Yearwood, of Douglasville, Ga., Sarah Stogsdill, of Shalimar, Fla., Codi Wayand, of New Port Richey, Fla., Allison Arnold, of Young Harris, Ga., (back row, left to right) Zach Waters, of Calhoun, Ga., LaDareon Copeland, of Centerville, Ga., Andrew Smith, of Blairsville, Ga., Carrie Moll, of Suwanee, Ga., Rachel Bettis, of Dawsonville, Ga., and John-Michael Thomas of Clarksville, Ga.