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


BCMEA 2013 Music Festival

BCMEA's annual Bucks County Music Festival was presented March 1 and 2, 2013. YOBC was well represented among the young musicians from school districts throughout the county. The following YOBC students took part in the BCMEA Counties Festival this past spring:


Middle School Chorus: Abigal Bruzas

High School Chorus: Laura Fishman, Crystal Han

Middle School Band: Alaina O'Neill, Payton Kelly, Julia Bochenek, flute; Jarrod Mellus, clarinet; Kirby Leitz, Tim Cantrell, alto sax; Joseph Stanford, tenor sax; Stephen Hopkins, Kati Long, Jessica Souder, French horn; Evan Kownurko, trombone; Dylan Dolan, Tuba.


String Orchestra: Min Son, Daniel Han, Maggy Simon, Ritesh Mitra, Mary Kate Durnan, Kai McGinn, Rachel Zhang, David Teplitsky, Frank Singer, Michael Lu, Timothy Gehrsitz, violin; Veronica Bochenek, viola; Daniel Lo, Jeffrey Zhao, Elizabeth Kwak, Ethan Cook, Madison Peschen, cello

High School Band: Laura Krause, Lindsey Buttel, flute; Emily Horn, Neel Shah, oboe; Zach Sabol, clarinet; Vincent Montoya-Armanios, alto sax; Emily Day, bassoon; Andrew King, Aaron Sarian, Adam Victor, trumpet; Rachel Jones, Anna Sattler, Stephanie Rue, French horn; Christina Chen, Euphonium

In addition these students who took part in the BCMEA festival joined YOBC for the 2013-14 season: Megan McDonnell,  Isabella Buck, Jillian Nastasiak, flute; Ashley Hartingh, Michelle Wang, clarinet; Michael Feinman, trumpet; Skyla Martz, trombone.


Congratulations to all these fine musicians!

2013 PMEA Region VI Festival

The 2013 PMEA Region VI Orchestra Festival was held in the winter of 2013 culminating in a concert on February 23, 2013. Region VI consists of school districts in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. Auditions for the Regional festival are held during the District 11 festival earlier in the year. Hosted by Haverford High School in Havertown, PA, this year's festival once again featured some of the area's finest musicians.

YOBC students participating in the Region VI Orchestra Festival were:


Andrea Detlefsen, Jessica Du, violin; Michael Gehrsitz, viola; Brian Buhr, cello; Josh Carey, bass; Nicholas Hall, Flute; Daniel Gift, clarinet; Rachel Jones, Anna Sattler, French Horn; Andrew King, trumpet.