The STUDENTS IN CONCERT program is YOBC's community outreach program. Participants in music education programs reap the proven academic and social benefits associated with the serious study of classical music – among them confidence, a sense of community, commitment, and teamwork.
Working with Keith Krelove, Music Instructor at Truman High School, the Students In Concert project provides – at no cost to the school district – musical instruments, music scores, instructional specialists, and other support as needed to engage students. Many students are precluded from participating in the school music program due to financial need. Mr. Krelove and his colleagues in the school music department have identified an existing instrumental ensemble to serve as a cornerstone.
This year, YOBC will once again financially and musically support that ensemble to allow and encourage a greater number of students to participate, and to strengthen the educational experience for all students in the ensemble. Mr. Krelove is “proud and deeply honored that YOBC has chosen Bristol to pilot this initiative in the Bucks County area. The BTSD Music staff, with the support Dr. Samual Lee, superintendent, are excited and fully committed to building this program into one that will spawn a new era of opportunity for our students and our community. We at Bristol Township thank YOBC for this great opportunity.”
“I grew up in the Farmbrook section of Bristol Township and have directly seen the benefits that YOBC provided my own two children. YOBC’s Board wants to expand the reach of its classical musical programs to include more children, including from my hometown,” said Joe Hochreiter, Jr., President of YOBC.
To date, five SIC students have auditioned and been accepted into YOBC ensembles.
The SIC initiative has received funding from the Bucks County Commissioners and PECO to support this year's efforts. The Morrisville School District is also currently exploring the possibility of creating an orchestra program with YOBC Students in Concert support. YOBC has worked to develop a plan that could be implemented in fall 2014, pending funding.