Lycoming College concert celebrates pianist's retirement

Lycoming College concert celebrates pianist's retirement

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Yvonne Mitchell-Sarch, instructor of piano at Lycoming College, will host a free, public concert on Saturday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall. The concert celebrates her retirement from the music faculty at Lycoming after more than 20 years of teaching.

Mitchell-Sarch earned a bachelor's from Lycoming and was appointed to the piano faculty in 1991. She is an organist at St. Boniface Church in Williamsport and has performed for numerous instrumental and vocal artists, in chamber music, and as accompanist for area auditions and competitions, including pianist for the guest Master Class of internationally renowned flutist Eugenia Zukerman. She frequently appears with her husband, violinist Kenneth Sarch. Her musical collaborations have included performances at Carnegie (Weill) Recital Hall in New York and the Basilica of the National Shrine in Washington, D.C. She is accompanist for the singing group Gesangverein Harmonia and teaches on the faculty of the summer STRING FLING music camp at Mansfield University. She has also performed with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra.

Joining Mitchell-Sarch for the concert are Kenneth Sarch, soprano Sara Bartholomew and pianists Erika Bohlin, Gary Boerckel, Kayla Sassaman and Steven Shade.

Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.

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