Brittany DeYoung was recently appointed harp professor at University of Michigan–Flint. “I am thrilled to begin teaching at the University of Michigan–Flint this fall,” says DeYoung. “Being an alumnus of the University of Michigan was a big part of what drew me to teach at the university. However, I was also drawn to the school because of the high standard of students and teaching brought in by the ‘Michigan name.'” When asked about developing the school’s brand–new harp program, she says, “Many of my colleagues at the school are thrilled to be able to program new repertoire that features the harp. Harp students at UM–Flint will have many opportunities for performances, chamber music, and professional development. I’m looking forward to growing the program and seeing how my students can contribute to the vibrant community where they live.”
Reflecting on a place she has come to know well, DeYoung adds, “I have taught students in the Flint area for over 10 years, and I am continually amazed at the city and its resident for their love of the arts and culture. They have a vibrant cultural center with a community performing arts center, art museum, planetarium, and are currently building a brand new arts–centered high school. It truly is an amazing town!”
Active in the Flint community, DeYoung also teaches at Flint Institute of Music and plays regularly with the Flint Symphony Orchestra. She has been principal harpist with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra since 2010 and often performs with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her studies at Michigan, DeYoung received her bachelor’s degree from University of Arizona.