MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP >> The Youth Orchestra of Bucks County will present its fall concerts at Maple Point Middle School in Langhorne.
On Saturday, Nov. 22 the Junior and Intermediate Divisions will perform at 2 p.m. with the Advanced Division Wind Ensemble and Philharmonia appearing at 8 p.m. And on Sunday, Nov. 23 Fanfare Winds and Symphony Orchestra will perform at 4 p.m.
YOBC expanded its concert series to a two-day musical event after new ensembles were added in response to growing interest in its classical music program.
The Sunday concert will feature two of the winners of YOBC’s annual concerto competition held in June. Cheyenne King-Bails, violin, will perform Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G Minor and Justin Shaw, piano, will play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21.
King-Bails is the concertmaster for YOBC’s Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Honors String Quartet. She has been playing violin for nine years and began in YOBC at age 10 in the Junior Division. She is in the Settlement Music School 2014 Newman Quartet and also plays with Philadelphia Sinfonia. She now studies with Curtis Institute alumna and jazz improv violinist Diane Monroe.
Cheyenne was the recipient of the 2012 Black Woman's Educational Alliance music award and she placed second in the 2013 Newtown Chamber Orchestra concerto competition. She attends Philadelphia’s Creative and Performing Arts High School.
Shaw is a senior at Central Bucks East High School. He first began playing piano at the age of six and later pursued his musical goals through music theory and harmony lessons. Since then, he has become a level-10 pianist with high honors or honors in music history, music theory, and performance assessments from the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program.
In addition to playing the piano, Justin is a clarinetist, an instrument he learned starting at the age of nine. Justin joined the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County after discovering YOBC through his school band, and is currently the principal clarinetist in Fanfare Winds and Symphony Orchestra.
Several of YOBC’s chamber ensembles will perform prelude music in the lobby prior to all three concerts. Tickets for all of the performances are available at the door.
The Youth Orchestra of Bucks County YOBC creates opportunities for young musicians to achieve artistic excellence through enriching classical music experiences. More than 270 students in grades 3–12, representing 25 school districts in Bucks and surrounding counties come to YOBC each week to hone their skills and achieve their musical goals. In 23 years, YOBC has enriched the lives of over 1,500 students.
For more information, contact Diana Nolan, Office Manager: at 215-945-5105, or visit www.yobc.org.