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Backyard Gold Mine

Faculty Ensemble

DePauw University Faculty Ensemble

Backyard Gold Mine (BGM), the newly-formed DePauw University faculty chamber music ensemble, celebrates the wealth of local art-making rooted in Greencastle, Indiana. Drawing from both the traditional classical repertoire as well as forging new traditions in collaboration with living artists, the core sextet—a “Pierrot” ensemble—features flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion.

BGM is co-directed by cellist Eric Edberg (Senior Professor of Music) and flutist Leo Sussman (newly-appointed Assistant Professor of Music), who are joined by their faculty colleagues Candice Kiser (clarinet), Teagan Faran(violin), May Phang (piano), and Ming-Hui Kuo (percussion).

Next Concert: 

Friday, April 14 • 7:30 PM • GCPA Thompson Recital Hall





Past Concerts:


Friday, November 4 • 7:30 PM • GCPA Kresge Auditorium

The ensemble’s debut concert, “Dawn,” showcases music inspired by beginnings: ranging from Haydn’s “Sunrise” string quartet to faculty member James Beckel's “Dialogues,” this program brings sound and light to every corner of Kresge Auditorium. A spirit of renewal pervades the evening, looking ahead as the School of Music joins the new Creative School at DePauw. The event also features poetry from creative writing students of Prof. Joe Heithaus, and includes performances by faculty violist Nicole Brockmann and student violinist Anna Tessman (‘24) in addition to the core sextet.

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