YOBC Student on BCCT Reality Panel

Congratuations to Hannah Genn, a violinist in YOBC's Ripieno string ensemble. Hannah was selected as a teen editor of the award-winning Reality section of the Bucks County Courier Times. The Reality section, written for teens by teens, is entering its 19th season. Hannah, who lives in Fairless Hills and is homeschooled, joins about 40 other teens from all across Bucks County who will be a part of this year's Reality panel.

Three YOBC Students at Nationals

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Congratulations to Nick Hall, flute; John Wagner, trumpet; and Rachel Jones, French horn. These YOBC students are among the musicians selected to represent Pennyslvania in the 2013 All-National Honors Ensembles which will perform in October 2013 in Nashville, TN. The National Association for Music Education sponors the annual music festival and The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States. Musicians selected must meet the following criteria:

  • Be in grade 10, 11 or 12 during the 2013-2014 school year.
  • Attend schools in one of the fifty states of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense School in Europe or International.
  • Students must be accepted to their states 2012-2013 All-State Festival. If no All-State festival is held during the 2012-2013 academic year the following festivals are acceptable:  2011-2012, or 2010-2011 All-State or Division festival. (Disclaimer: All final eligibility decisions will be made by the state music educators association.)
  • Be a member of his or her school’s choral, string, or instrumental ensemble corresponding with the ensemble for which application is made.
  • Receive endorsement from his or her ensemble director at the school at which the student attends.

YOBC Students at 2013 All-State Festival


YOBC Congratulates the following students who took part in the 2013 PMEA All-State Festival in Erie, PA, April 19-20:


Sarah Gift, flute; All-State Concert Band

Daniel Gift, clarinet; All-State Concert Band

John Wagner, trumpet; All-State Concert Band

Brian Buhr, cello; All-State Orchestra

Rachel Jones, French horn; All-State Orchestra

Andrew King, trumpet; All-State Orchestra


White House Gig for YOBC Students


During the 2012 holiday season, three YOBC students got the ultimate gig -- at the White House in Washington, DC. Michael D’Amico (viola, Symphony Orchestra), Isabella D’Amico (viola, Philharmonia), and Cassie Mulcahy (violin, Symphony Orchestra) were part of a select group of musicians from Bucks County who had the honor of playing in the White House Grand Foyer at a holiday open house for lawmakers, staff, dignitaries, friends, and media. Their private teacher, Susan Ward, received an invitation in November for the 21 students and 4 professionals to perform. Congratulations to all the talented musicians who took part in this exciting performance.

YOBC Students Selected for All-Eastern Conference

YOBC celebrates three of our current students who have been selected to attend the 2013 All-Eastern Conference of the National Association for Music Education. The biennial conference will take place this year in Hartford, CT from April 4-7. Congratulations to clarinetist Daniel Gift and flutist Nick Hall of YOBC's Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. Both Daniel and Nick will play in the All-Eastern Honors Band, just one of five ensembles that are an important part of the conference. Sara Dornblaser - who returns to YOBC this spring - was selected for the Honors Symphony Orchestra on French horn. The ensembles are made up of selected high school students who are recommended by their state presidents.

The All-Eastern Band and Orchestra will each have about 150 member made up of students from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Delware, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Washington, DC, as well as several from the European Union. Students must have been in the state's All-State Festival and a member of their school music ensemble. They receive an endoresement from their school's principal as well as their music ensemble director who is a member of NAfME. State presidents compile ranked lists of of their state's student applicants and the All-Eastern General Chair organizes the lists for an Ensembles Selection Committee which meets in October to select students and finalize the lists.

Congratulations are also in order for former YOBC student Natalya Bondarchuk (cello) and who was selected to participate in the All-Eastern Festival in the Honors Symphony Orchestra.