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Mercer University Invites Community to Free Concert
in Conjunction with Fourth International Conductors Workshop

January 11, 2007

Denise Cook
(478) 301-2933

MACON – Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music will host a free concert at 2 p.m. Monday, January 15, as the final event of the fourth International Conductors Workshop held Thursday-Monday, January 11-15. Open to the public, the concert will be held in Fickling Hall of the McCorkle Music Building on Mercer’s Macon campus. The program will feature works by Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms.

Fourteen conductors, coming from Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand and across the United States, will conduct a fifty-piece orchestra made up of faculty and students from Mercer’s Townsend School of Music, the Mercer University Orchestra, the Mercer/Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Brookwood High School Orchestra of Gwinnett County and the Macon Symphony Orchestra.

Up to three workshop winners will be chosen who will have the opportunity to guest conduct the Macon Symphony Orchestra during the 2007-2008 season. Past winners of the competition include workshop faculty member Dr. Gregory Pritchard and Mercer University junior Keitaro Harada, Conductor of the Mercer/Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra and Apprentice Conductor of Macon Symphony Orchestra.

The internationally recognized faculty for the workshop includes Maestro Adrian Gnam, Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Mercer University and Music Director and Conductor of the Macon Symphony Orchestra; Douglas Hill, director of undergraduate studies and director of instrumental ensembles at Mercer; Stanley L. Roberts, director of choral activities at Mercer and Pritchard, conductor of the Brookwood High School Orchestra.

For more information about the workshop or concert, contact Mercer’s Townsend School of Music at (478) 301-2748.

Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music and the Townsend-McAfee Institute Graduate Studies in Church Music offer undergraduate and graduate professional music studies in a comprehensive university environment. The School is nationally recognized for its outstanding faculty, award-winning students, performance ensembles and state-of-the-art facilities. It is also home to the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings. Mercer University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls 7,200 students in 11 schools and colleges — liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies — on major campuses in Macon and Atlanta and four regional academic centers across the state. Mercer also operates a university press, engineering research center and performing arts center, affiliates with teaching hospitals in Macon and Savannah, and participates in educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. Mercer sponsors 14 NCAA Division I athletic teams and is a charter member of the Atlanta Sun Conference. For 17 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Mercer University as one of the top 15 universities in the South.