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YHC Music Ensembles Join Forces with the Mountain Community Chorus to Present “The Testament of Freedom”

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

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

Young Harris College Music Ensembles Join Forces with the Mountain Community Chorus to Present “The Testament of Freedom”

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Young Harris College Concert Choir and Chamber Choir will join forces with the Mountain Community Chorus (MCC) to present Randall Thompson’s beloved choral masterwork “The Testament of Freedom” on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building on the YHC campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

“The Testament of Freedom” is a four-movement piece originally composed in 1943 for men’s chorus and piano. YHC Professor of Music, Director of Choral and Vocal Activities and Musical Theatre Program Co-Coordinator Jeff Bauman will conduct more than 150 voices gathered to sing this setting of four passages from the writings of Thomas Jefferson with accompaniment by the 71-member YHC Concert Band under the direction of Senior Instructor of Music and Director of Bands Mary Land.

The program will also feature other patriotic pieces, including “Battle Hymn of the Republic” by Peter Wilhousky, “Eternal Father Strong to Save” by Claude T. Smith, “Concord” by Clare Grundman and “America the Beautiful” arranged by Jay Dawson.

Bauman serves as the director of the 23-member YHC Chamber Choir, while the 82-voice YHC Choir is directed by YHC Assistant Professor of Music and Music Education Coordinator John Wayman, Ph.D.

The 54-member MCC is directed by YHC Adjunct Instructor of Music Laura Stooksbury and regularly performs on the YHC campus. This ensemble was established in 1974 as a medium of artistic outlet for choral performers in the mountain communities of northeast Georgia and western North Carolina. YHC Professor Emeritus of Music Bill Fox, ’50, serves as the director emeritus for this ensemble.

“In planning this event, it was our intention to bring together the vibrant, growing music community of the north Georgia mountains,” said Bauman. “The experience of pulling together these four ensembles has been a great, collaborative musical experience, with all of the conductors sharing information and observing each other’s rehearsals.”

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

Young Harris College Choir.

Young Harris College Concert Band.

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