2011-05-05 / Scene

FSPA faculty presents classical concert


Brittany DeYoung, right, teaching a student on the harp. DeYoung will perform as part of the FSPA Faculty Concert Series with fellow FSPA staff member Meghan Merciers. Brittany DeYoung, right, teaching a student on the harp. DeYoung will perform as part of the FSPA Faculty Concert Series with fellow FSPA staff member Meghan Merciers. FLINT — Flint School of Performing Arts faculty member Brittany DeYoung will present a classical concert at 2 p.m., May 7 in the MacArthur Recital Hall at the Flint Institute of Music, 1025 E. Kearsley St. in Flint.

Faculty member, Meghan Merciers, clarinet, will accompany on select pieces. This concert is free and open to the public. A reception, generously provided by Allegro, follows the concert.

This concert is part of the FSPA Faculty Concert Series.

Music selections Include:

 Marcel Grandjany, Rhapsodie for Harp, Op. 10; J. S. Bach, Pi├Ęce en Sol

Jean-Baptiste Cardon, Sonata in f minor

 Brittany DeYoung — DeYoung is a master’s student at the University of Michigan in Harp Performance. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2007 from the University of Arizona where she studied with Dr. Carrol McLaughlin. While at the University of Arizona, she toured with the university harp ensemble, Harp Fusion, to China, Korea, and Spain where she was selected to compete in the Maria Rosa Calvo- Manzano Spanish International Harp Competition.

She has competed in and won several competitions including the University of Arizona Concerto Competition, Southern Arizona Symphony Concerto Competition, and the ASTA String Competition. In addition to being the Principal Harpist for Vivo Symphonieta, she has also performed with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, the Flint Symphony Orchestra, and the Olympic International Orchestra. DeYoung and her husband are expecting their first child in June.

 Meghan Merciers — Meghan Merciers is a doctoral candidate (clarinet performance), at Michigan State University; M.M. (clarinet performance), University of New Mexico; B.M. (clarinet performance), University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In addition to her studio at FIM and Hentgen Honors Woodwind Quintet Coach, she is clarinet instructor at both Albion College and Mott College, and has a large private studio in the Greater Lansing area.

Merciers is an active soloist, chamber musician, and masterclass clinician. Recent orchestral experience includes playing in the Lansing, Jackson, and Plymouth Symphony Orchestras of mid- Michigan. Former teaching posts include Cadek Conservatory of Music and Bayside School for the Performing Arts in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Details: Call 810-237-3123. — G.G.

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