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Field Experiences & Trips

The faculty of the Division of Fine Arts encourages students to take advantage of learning experiences outside the classroom. Students are given the opportunity to travel across the United States and worldwide to explore music, theatre and art in various cultures. Additionally, faculty members assist students in finding internships as they begin to plan for careers in the fine arts.


Toronto and Stratford Theatre Tour - Summer 2017

Students travelled to Ontario, Canada where they enjoyed an immersive theatre experience at world-famous venues like The Second City, The Shaw Festival, and The Stratford Festival, where they also toured costume and props stores, and had private meetings with members of the repertory company including Tony Award winner Brent Carver. 

Tour of Chicago - Fall 2016

This immersive and educational journey to the city of Chicago allowed music students to perform in a powerhouse of musical heritage, and gave them the opportunity to see amazing performances by renowned bands and other musical groups.

Tour of Italy - Summer 2015

A once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity, the trip allowed students to study Italian art, literature, and culture while touring museums, cathedrals, and historical monuments in many of Italy’s cultural and historical centers. As part of the course, students learned to identify and evaluate important works of art and architecture of ancient Rome, the Italian Renaissance, and the Baroque Period. Students also gained an appreciation of the value and influence Italian authors have had on literature by reading selections that directly related to the cities the group visited.

London Theatre Tour - May 2014

Twenty Young Harris College students traveled to London, England, for a one-of-a-kind study abroad experience. The group learned about many facets of theatre and musical theatre while exploring one of the world’s most enchanting and spectacular cultural centers. The trip included immersive behind-the-scenes tours of the Globe Theatre, Theatre Royal Drury Lane and Royal National Theatre complex. Students also had the opportunity to attend performances on the West End and visit other sites of historical and cultural significance.

New York City Art Tour - March 2013

The group absorbed various aspects of the visual and performing arts each day while also visiting some of the city’s most celebrated sights. They spent most of the trip exploring major works of art from the past 5,000 years at some of the city’s most celebrated museums while also sampling smaller galleries featuring cutting-edge work of contemporary artists. The art majors admired the architectural structure of the Guggenheim Museum where they explored modern and classic works by the likes of Picasso and Kandinsky before heading across the street to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the nation’s largest art museum with a permanent collection featuring more than two million works. Across town at the Museum of Modern Art, students studied works by renowned artists like Warhol and Van Gogh while also becoming acquainted with less familiar forms of visual expression including illustrated books, architecture and design, and film and video.

Click here to watch highlights from the NYC Art Tour.

YHC Chamber Choir European Debut - December 2012

The talented Chamber Choir traveled to Munich, Germany, for a one-of-a-kind study abroad experience. Students had the opportunity to spend a week at the world famous Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, rehearsing with other choral students, attending choral workshops, observing classes and lessons and visiting sites of historical and cultural significance in Bavaria. The trip culminated with the Chamber Choir’s European debut at the university.

Art Tour of Italy - May 2012

Students studied Italian art, literature and culture while touring museums, cathedrals and historical monuments in many of Italy’s cultural and historical centers including Florence, Rome, Venice, Lucca, Pisa, Siena and Cinque Terre. To prepare for the excursion, students enrolled in a comprehensive course that enhanced their experience abroad. Through lectures, selected readings, class discussions and hands-on activities, the course provided students with an introduction to many aspects of Italian culture and history as well as helpful tips about traveling abroad. As part of the course, students learned to identify and evaluate important works of art and architecture of ancient Rome, the Italian Renaissance and the Baroque Period.

Click here to view photos of the Italy Tour.

YHC Choir European Concert Tour - May 2011

In May 2011, members of the Young Harris College Choir, led by YHC professor of music and director of choral and vocal activities Jeff Bauman, had the opportunity to travel on a sightseeing and performance tour of Europe. The group explored the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany on a 10-day excursion, immersing themselves in the art, history and music of Europe's cultural hubs while performing in at least four historic European venues, such as Prague’s St. Vitus Cathedral, Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Munich’s Frauenkirche.

Click here to view photos of the European Tour.

internships and FIELD EXPERIENCES

The Division of Fine Arts encourages and helps students to take part in internships that provide practical knowledge and experience to complement their coursework at YHC.

Production Manager - Cincinnati Shakespeare Company 

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is the second oldest opera company in the U.S. and presents a thrilling roster of world-class artists and conductors, important company debuts, stunning sets and costumes, and the spectacular Cincin­nati Symphony Orchestra. 

Intern - Aurora Theater in Lawrenceville

Aurora Theatre is committed to producing quality, professional theatre for the Southeast, North Georgia, and the residents of Gwinnett County.

Actor - Blue Ridge Community Theater in Blue Ridge

This theater’s mission is to enrich the cultural life of residents and visitors through performances, productions, and education of all aspects of contemporary and classic theatre.

Run Crew, Stage Manager - Brevard Music Center in Brevard, N.C.

Brevard Music Center provides a congenial summer community for young musicians of exceptional gifts. Four hundred students enroll each year from nearly every state in the U.S. and around the world. All students and 60 artist faculty members live and work on the Music Center campus featuring 180 wooded acres in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.

Student - Broadway Dreams Foundation’s Summer Intensive in Atlanta

Featured on NBC, FOX and UPN Television, this premier week-long workshop brings Broadway stars from around the globe to train actors who have their sights set on the Great White Way.

Intern - Disney College Program in Orlando, Fla.

A professional internship at Disney is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity where classroom studies are applied to practical experiences and participants have a special opportunity to contribute to a global company, learning and working with the best in the business.

Box Office, Counselor, Ensemble Manager, High School Females Director, High School Males Director, Stage Crew - Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, Mich.

This prestigious summer that brings youth together to learn from some of the country’s leading professional musicians including members of major orchestras, faculty members from highly respected music conservatories, and world renowned conductors and music directors.

Actor - Peach State Summer Theatre in Valdosta

With a mission to provide quality theatre to the city of Valdosta, the state of Georgia, and beyond, this theatre is committed to promoting the importance of education to people of all ages and serves as the professional extension of the Valdosta State University Theatre program.

Actor - Peacock Playhouse in Hayesville, N.C.

Built in the 1980s as the result of Lilith Lidseen's dream of creating a performing arts center, the theatre boasts 250 comfortable seats, superior sound and lighting, and a steady flow of stellar performances including four plays a year that make audiences laugh, swoon, or shake in their boots; musical concerts of great variety; and family entertainment such as juggling and magic shows.

Stage Manager - Red Phoenix Theatre Company in Buford

Red Phoenix Theatre is an educational-based theatre company that provides an intense musical theatre experience designed to hone the vocal, acting, and dance skills sets of students who have desire, discipline, and passion.

Comedy Studies Program Participant - The Second City in Chicago in Chicago, Ill.

For over 50 years, The Second City has created a wealth of comedic material from a legendary group of performers. The Training Center follows the traditions developed by these groundbreaking and innovative men and women while encouraging the continued growth and development of the art forms of comedy and improvisation. Today, The Second City Training Center is the largest school of improvisation and sketch comedy in the world.

Intern - Serenbe Playhouse in Atlanta

Serenbe Playhouse believes that theatre is an art form with a unique power to illuminate the human experience and does so by producing artistically rich, open-air theatrical performances for audiences throughout the greater metro Atlanta area. By reducing the barriers between audiences and the artists-in-residence, the playhouse provides numerous opportunities for engagement, conversation, and collaboration.

Actor - Unto These Hills in Cherokee, N.C.

Under the glow of summer stars, the Cherokee story comes to life in this awe-inspiring play—the longest-running outdoor drama in the nation. Performed in a 2,000 seat outdoor amphitheater, Unto These Hills is “the family show too large for any screen.”

Intern - Young Actors Playhouse in Marietta

Established in 2010, Young Actors Playhouse has entertained audiences with dozens of diverse live theatre performances productions, and live events.

Alumni Outcomes

Intern - Act3 Productions in Sandy Springs

Act3’s mission is to “inspire performers, support positive values and enrich the arts community by producing professional-level performances” with an emphasis on the creation of new works; supporting emerging artists and directors, and creating exceptional performing opportunities for all who grace their stage–youth and adults alike.

Intern – Actor’s Express in Atlanta

This theatre that challenges and reflects contemporary human experiences in an inclusive environment. They seek to jumpstart individual transformations through the shared adventure of our live performances, which range from daringly provocative to audaciously hilarious.

Actor - Circle Ensemble Theatre in Athens

The Circle Ensemble Theatre Company is a professional nonprofit theatre whose mission is to be a catalyst for personal and social evolution through excellence in the art of theatre, and to play a vital role in the cultural life of Northeast Georgia. 

Intern - Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET) in Roswell

GET provides first class theatre productions and educational opportunities on a year-round basis and is the resident professional theatre at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. The Theatre has earned a reputation for the quality and diversity of its plays.

Artistic Director - Newnan Theatre Company (NTC) in Newnan

NTC has been providing live entertainment in downtown Newnan for over 30 years. With a full season of 10 shows, NTC is a busy and active theatre that offers youth programming, an improvisational comedy group (NITWITS), interactive murder mysteries, special events, and summer and holiday theatre camps for children.

Middle School Drama Instructor – Pace Academy, Atlanta

This independent college preparatory school boasts one of the most acclaimed visual and performing arts programs in the Southeast. Students in each division participate as part of the school’s academic curriculum and through a multitude of extracurricular opportunities. Work by their award-winning artists is exhibited throughout the community, and students perform locally and nationally each year.

Acting Apprentice - Horizon Theatre Company, Atlanta

Comedy Intensive – Second City Theatre, Chicago