Music Residency Program

 

Music possesses much richer means of expression
and it is a more subtle medium for translating
the thousand shifting moments of the feelings of the soul.

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Lehman Memorial Church – You belong here!

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     Last summer, the generosity of our Sanctuary Choir allowed us to enhance our worship experience through a partnership with the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County, one of the region's premiere audition-only musical organizations, comprised of 16 ensembles for students from elementary through high school. YOBC highlights include recent tours of France and Italy (they are headed to Spain this summer), master classes with David Kim (concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Cairn University professor), Curtis Institute students and Carol Jantsch (principal tubaist for the Philadelphia Orchestra), side-by-side performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra and concerts with American violin master Mark O'Connor and legendary bassist, trombonist, composer and performer Chris Brubeck. 

    We will continue the residency throughout the year with these musicians playing solos as well as accompanying our choirs on select titles. Thank you for your support of this exciting program!

Ruth Kuchinsky-Smith, Director of Music

 

 

Anna Kim is fourteen years old and lives in Center Valley with her parents, grandmother, and older brother. She currently attends Southern Lehigh High School and will be entering 10th grade this coming fall. Anna has been playing violin since she was seven years old, and piano since she was four and a half years old. She plays piano and violin for Korean Church of Lehigh Valley, and plays flute and ukulele for fun. In addition to playing violin with the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County in Symphony Orchestra, Anna played in the PMEA District Orchestra this past year. She was also a member of the Junior String Philharmonic in Bethlehem.

 
In school, Anna is a member of JSA, FBLA, Orchestra, Pit Orchestra, Kindness Club, Robotics, SPIRIT, Scholastic Scrimmage, Spanish Club and the Gifted Program. She played field hockey for her school team. Anna competed in the Odyssey of the Mind competition in 7th grade, and her team placed 1st place at the Regional Competition, 2nd place at the State Competition, and 8th place at the World Finals. In eighth grade, Anna was involved in MathCounts, and her team tied for third place. Anna is also involved with Girl Scouts. She plans to keep playing music in her future and wants to pursue a career in medicine. Anna will be our artist in residence at our Classic Services on Sunday, August 26, 2018.

 

Audrie Przybylski is a senior at CB West High School. She has been playing the violin for 12 years and has been studying under Lee Snyder for the last seven years. Audrie has been a leader in her school orchestras and select ensembles. She joined YOBC in her sophomore year, and has participated in the Symphony Orchestra. Audrie has been both a first violin and principal second violin during her years at YOBC.  She also performed in the “Beatles vs. Rolling Stones – A Musical Showdown” concert at the Keswick Theatre. Playing the violin has made Audrie someone who can appreciate all types of music. She enjoys picking up other instruments and has sung in her school’s choir. Audrie and her sister Nadia (cello) also play their instruments at weddings, funerals and other events. While music will always be part of her life, Audrie plans on majoring in veterinary and biomedical sciences at Penn State in the fall. Audrie will be our artist in residence at our One United Worship service on Sunday, July 15, 2018.

 

 

Jacqueline Chen is a rising sophomore at the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ. She began playing the piano when she was 5 years old, and has participated in numerous piano competitions throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. In addition to the piano, Jacqueline plays the violin in her local orchestra. She plays on her school’s tennis team and is a rower on her school’s crew team, as well. Jacqueline will be our artist in residence at our Classic Services on Sunday, June 24, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Davis began her musical journey 12 years ago in elementary school. She performed with the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County for four years, and graduated from high school and the orchestra in 2016. Since she graduated, Michelle has been working as an intern with the youth orchestra. She toured both Italy and France with YOBC during her high school years. Michelle's favorite memory from her European tours was performing in front of a packed square in Florence, Italy in 2014. She is a proud alumna of the Hatboro-Horsham Marching Unit, and very pleased to have participated with the group during their three undefeated seasons. Michelle is finishing up the music program at Bucks County Community College this spring and was accepted to Temple University’s Boyer School of Music as a flute performance major. Michelle hopes to continue her studies by earning a master’s degree from a top conservatory before achieving her dream to play in the New York City Ballet as part of the pit orchestra. When not practicing, Michelle enjoys hiking and kayaking in Nockamixion State Park, playing ukulele, and cooking. Michelle will be our artist in residence at our Classic Services on Sunday, May 27, 2018. She is pictured here with Jeffrey Khaner, principal flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and teacher at the Curtis Institute of Music and The Julliard School.

 

 

Dana Zhang is a 9th grader at the Lenape Middle School. She started studying cello when she was nine, and has been taking lessons with Sarah Yoon. Dana is an active member of her school orchestra since elementary school, and is currently the co-principal cellist of the Lenape Select Ensemble and the Lenape 9th Grade Orchestra. In last year’s Music in the Parks Adjudication, her group won the best orchestra award with a score of 100%. Dana had the honor of being selected into the Buck County BCMEA Symphony Orchestra for both middle school (8th grade) and high school (9th grade). Outside school, Dana plays cello with the Symphony Orchestra, the senior section of the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County (YOBC).  Dana is also part of the Chamber Players Orchestra of the Temple University Center for Gifted Young Musicians, and a member of its Haydn String Quartet.  Besides regular training and performance, Dana enjoys playing music for all kinds of charity and community events. Dana will perform with our choir at our classic services on Sunday, April 22, 2018.

 

 

Dan Hein is a senior at Hatboro-Horsham High School. He began playing trumpet in 4th grade and Dan's goal is to play trumpet professionally.  At HHHS, Dan participates in Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Choir and Indoor Percussion where he plays synthesizer. He also participates in the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County where he plays in Fanfare Winds, Symphony Orchestra and the Brass Ensemble. Last summer, Dan had the opportunity to attend the Summer Horizons program at Eastman School of Music, and this summer, he is excited to tour Southern Spain with YOBC. After graduation, Dan plans to attend Temple University and major in Trumpet Performance. Dan will perform with our choir at our classic services on Sunday, April 8, 2018.

 

 

 

Raegan DuBeck is 17 years old and a junior at Calvary Christian Academy. She plays the clarinet, piano, saxophone, and also sings a little. Raegan's favorite instrument is by far the clarinet. She participates in the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County, where she play in Fanfare Winds and Symphony Orchestra. Raegan loves traveling with the orchestra to play at various events and places such as the Trenton Memorial where she has played with famous jazz musician, Chris Brubeck. Some of Raegan's hobbies include playing music, singing, running, and playing soccer. She has been on her school's cross country team for a few years and loves the atmosphere and encouragement. In the summer she attends cross country camps where she has the opportunity to run with teammates and meet other experienced runners. Raegan also attends Csehy Summer School of Music in Houghton, New York. Csehy is a Christian summer camp for ages 12-18 where students play almost every any instrument and learn from professional musicians. Raegan loves participating in this event because of all of the lifelong friendships and spiritual and musical guidance she receives. Raegan will perform with our choir at our classic services on Sunday, February 25, 2018.

 

Amanda Rearden is a sophomore at Pennsbury High School where she plays principal oboe in Symphonic Winds and Symphony Orchestra. She started playing the oboe in 4th grade and began taking private lesson in 6th grade. Amanda auditioned for the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County in 7th grade and currently plays in their advanced division wind and orchestral ensembles. She participated in YOBC’s 2016 international tour to the French Alps and Riviera and will travel to southern Spain this summer with the orchestra. Amanda takes many opportunities outside of school to develop her musicianship, including summer instrumental workshops and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association festivals. She sat principal chair at the 2018 District 11 Band Festival and will also be playing in the District 11 Orchestra and Region IV Band in the upcoming months. In addition to the oboe, Amanda plays the alto saxophone in the Pennsbury High School Marching Band and the tenor saxophone in the Pennsbury Concert Jazz Band. She also loves to dance and has been taking Irish dance lessons since 1st grade. Amanda is very active in the community as a Senior Girl Scout, having completed both her Bronze and Silver Awards, and plans to earn her Gold Award before her she goes to college.  After high school, Amanda plans to attend college and major in music. Amanda will perform with our choir at our classic services on Sunday, February 4, 2018.

 

 

We began our 2018 phase of the Music Residency program with Isabella DiVirgillio, a YOBC alum and sophomore at the University of Delaware, where she is pursuing a degree in music education with a focus on the oboe and English Horn while playing in the university's Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. She will play the English horn with the orchestra this summer in China. Isabella provides private instruction to aspiring young musicians and also plays the clarinet, piano and guitar and enjoys composing and arranging music in her free time. You may remember Isabella blessed us with her talents this summer, including the world premiere of her original piano composition, "Window Weather." Isabella perfomred an interlude at our classic services on Sunday, January 14, 2018.

 

 


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