Eligibility Membership in the YOBC is open to young musicians in elementary grades through high school. There are presently 250 students participating in one or more of our 13 ensembles. Pennsylvania residency is not a requirement.
Requirements Members should participate in their school instrumental music programs, if available, and take private music lessons. Please see our Handbook for details.
Tuition Tuition for the 2013-14 season is $540 and is nonrefundable. Tuition for the upcoming season is set by the Board of Directors at the March Board meeting. Scholarships for membership and private music lessons are available and awarded on the basis of need.
Parent Participation Without parent participation our organization would not be able to exist. Therefore we require that a parent volunteer form be filled out and submitted with the tuition fee before a child will be accepted into YOBC. We expect a commitment of approximately 6-8 hours a year.
Attendance Policy Regular attendance is of the utmost importance for fostering the kind of atmosphere needed to develop a musical ensemble. Please do not consider registering your child if you know his or her participation in other activities will come in serious conflict with our rehearsal schedule. For details on our attendance policy please see our Handbook.
Auditions All members must audition prior to placement. Entry is based solely on proficiency, not age. Move-up auditions are scheduled at the recommendation of the director of a member's present ensemble.
Rehearsals All ensembles* rehearse weekly on Sunday afternoons during the months of September-November and January-April at the Bucks County Community College, Newtown Campus. For details as to exact times please see the webpage of the individual ensembles. *Clarinet Ensemble rehearses every other week.
Concerts Each ensemble performs in the annual fall concert in November and spring concert in April. An annual chamber recital is held in February. Other performance opportunities include field trips, extra concerts either with the entire ensemble or a chamber group, and our international tours which take place every two years (more information under "About YOBC"). We also offer sectionals, master classes, and projects with professional orchestras in Bucks County and the surrounding area.