Youth Orchestra of Bucks County tunes up for Master Class Series

Musicians from Curtis Institute lead string sectionals with YOBC and community students, spring 2011.

The Youth Orchestra of Bucks County will hold its 3rd Annual Master Class Series on Sunday, Jan. 29, Feb. 19 and 26. These special events offer musical enrichment to YOBC members and music students throughout the Bucks County area.

Master Classes are offered free of charge to high school and middle school students, but registration is required since space is limited. Additional information and online registration is available at our website. Video of part of last year's Curtis Strings Master Class is also available on the YOBC Members/Announcements page.

This master class series is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

- Sunday, Jan. 29: String Master Class presented by the Curtis Institute String Quintet (high school level Master Class from 3:15 to 5:45 p.m. and middle school level master class 4:50 to 7:10 p.m.

- Sunday, Feb. 19: Jazz Improvisation for Beginners Master Class presented by Jeff Baumeister, BCCC instructor of Jazz Studies, Music Theory & Ear Training (high school level master class from 2 to 3:30 p.m.)

- Sunday, Feb. 26: Orchestral Percussion Master Class presented by TCNJ Professor of Percussion, William Trigg

(high school level master class from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

- Jason DePue Violin Master Class (TBD) presented by Jason DePue, Philadelphia Orchestra violinist.

The Youth Orchestra of Bucks County YOBC creates opportunities for young musicians to achieve artistic excellence through enriching classical music experiences. Students from all over the region come to YOBC every week to hone their skills and achieve their musical goals. In over 20 years, YOBC has enriched the lives of more than 1,500 students.

For more information, contact Diana Nolan, office manager, at 215-945-5105, or visit www.yobc.org.

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