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Choir sings to new heights UPATE

September 26, 2010

By Sara Botinelli, Staff Writer

Every year, the Young Harris College Choir exceeds expectations by displaying exemplerary vocal ability in each of its performances. Many have heard them perform, but now the choir has the opportunity to deliver their music to a much broader audience.

At the end of next semester, students will be traveling overseas in the choir’s first European tour. Those who attend will be given the chance to not only sing for a culturally diverse audience, but also to explore and appreciate the many wonders that can be found across Europe.

Jeffrey Bauman, professor of music and director of choral and vocal activities at YHC, has been working hard to plan this trip for students who will find themselves visiting the cities of Prague, Vienna and Munich.

Bauman says, “Although many wonderful cultural trips have been taken by various groups over the years, this is the first European performance tour for Young Harris College.”

Students have already begun rehearsing for their performances which will be held in historical and cultural landmarks such as Melk Abbey, Salzburg Cathedral, St. Michael’s Church in Munich and the gothic St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague.

The ten-day tour will begin shortly after graduation in May 2011, and the choir will be spending approximately three days in each of these historic cities.

“We are all very excited about this opportunity and the choir is making this trip the focus of our entire academic year.” states Bauman.

When asked what the purpose of the trip was, Bauman replies, “there are many reasons for making this trip, however, the chief among them is experiencing the culture, history, art, architecture and musical heritage of western Europe.”

Students are looking forward to this opportunity. Marvin Hemphill, a sophomore choir member from Dacula, describes this trip to Europe as a chance to “gain a better understanding of the world around him.”

This experience is not only for the musically inclined. The college has officially opened the tour for community members interested in going on this trip. The anticipated cost for the entire trip is $2,700; however, this number is tentative and depends on the final number of participants.

YHC students  are working diligently to be ready to perform at their fullest capacity.

The trip is two semesters away, but students interested in going should act now. Anyone having questions or wanting more information should contact Jeffrey Bauman.

UPDATE1( 4:35 p.m., 09/30/10) Corrected authorship.

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