German Madrigalchor to Perform at YHC as Part of Exchange Program

Friday, March 28, 2014

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German Madrigalchor to Perform at Young Harris College as Part of Exchange Program

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Madrigalchor from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München (University of Music and Performing Arts Munich) will present  “Choral Music of German Composers from Past to Present” on Friday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building on the Young Harris College campus. Part of the annual “Fay Harmon Clegg Hoag Concert Series,” the performance is free and open to the public. 

Under the direction of Martin Steidler, the Madrigalchor makes this stop in Young Harris, Ga., during their North American tour as part of an exchange program begun in 2012 when the YHC Chamber Choir spent a week studying in Munich, Germany. Their trip culminated with the Chamber Choir’s European debut at the university, presented in conjunction with the Hochschule Madrigal Choir.

“Getting to be part of the incredible music program at the Hochschule allowed me to explore music on an international scale and opened my eyes to new opportunities in music,” said Emily Espy, a senior theatre major from Cumming, Ga. “I look forward to sharing the stage with the Madrigalchor again and introducing them to YHC.”
Founded in 1979, the Madrigalchor has trained more than 450 choristers and singers, and makes regular tour stops in some of the world’s largest cities. Their program will feature works by noted German composers Johannes Brahms, Heinrich Schütz and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. The famed choir will also perform the German folk songs “Rosestock, Holderblüh” and “Kein schöner Land.”

“The students at the Hochschule display a high level of musicianship,” said Bauman. “The fact that our ensemble is able to share the stage with those musicians and compare favorably with their group in a live performance speaks volumes for the music program at YHC.”

The concert will close with Josef Rheinberger’s “Abendlied” as the Madrigalchor combines talents with YHC’s 28-member Chamber Choir and 81-voice YHC Concert Choir under the direction of Professor of Music, Director of Choral and Vocal Activities, and Musical Theatre Program Co-Coordinator Jeff Bauman and Assistant Professor of Music and Music Education Coordinator John Wayman, Ph.D., respectively. 

On Saturday, April 12, Steidler will present an open workshop on German choral music for interested singers and music educators. He will demonstrate rehearsal methods, discuss German diction and lead attendees in performance practice. The workshop will end with a question-and-answer session about music education in Germany and a brief performance demonstration by the Madrigalchor.

This concert is presented through the “Fay Harmon Clegg Hoag Concert Series,” an endowed fund established in 1975 by YHC alumni to honor the late Fay Harmon Clegg Hoag, ’33, wife of a College president and an alumna who was a central member of the community for more than 80 years.

For more information about the concert or workshop, call the YHC 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 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 226-bed residence hall that is expected to earn LEED certification, a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics, and in 2012, was invited to become the 14th member of the Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2013-2014 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit


Young Harris College will host the Madrigalchor from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München as part of the annual “Fay Harmon Clegg Hoag Concert Series” on April 11.


The Young Harris College Chamber Choir and the Hochschule Madrigal Choir rehearsed together in Munich, Germany, in Dec. 2012.