Tasha Schapiro shines at YOBC’s Annual Concerto Competition

by Patricia Cangelosi

Last June, Tasha Schapiro – now a senior at Pennsbury High School – was one of five musicians to win the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County’s (YOBC’s) Annual Concerto Competition.

“This is an outstanding group of young musicians who are great representatives of the organization and, indeed, of young people throughout the county,” says Diana Nolan, YOBC Auditions Coordinator and Office Manager.

A French horn player, Tasha has been nurturing her musical talents and aspirations since childhood. As a fourth grader, she fell in love with the instrument through a chance encounter with a neighbor who had just started playing it. “I loved how it sounded and just decided, this is what I want to play,” Tasha recalls.

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Pennsbury Community Band to perform free concert May 5th

The Pennsbury Community Band will perform a free concert on Thursday, May 5th at 7:30pm, that will demonstrate how motion and dance can be expressed in music.

The show will take place at Pennsbury High School East Auditorium, 705 Hood Boulevard, Fairless Hills, and will include a piece composed for a baby elephant by Stravinsky, “Molly on the Shore” by Grainger, “Suite of Old American Dance” by Robert Russell Bennett, as well as the music of Ron Nelson and Dana Wilson.

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Healthy Kids 5K Fun Walk in Yardley

Andrew and Tim Ponento, senior and sophomore at Pennsbury High School, in association with Yardley Borough, will host the Healthy Kids 5K Fun Walk on Saturday, April 23rd, at 9:00am, from Buttonwood Park in Yardley to South Main Street and East Afton Avenue, and on to the canal towpath. Then it loops back around and ends at Buttonwood Park. Maps will be given out at the event.

The brothers have been interested in their physical health since middle school. They have been committed to staying active, athletic, and strong in order to better themselves. However, they realize that not everyone is able, willing, or even aware enough to better themselves physically.

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PHS Spring Drama staging April 1st & 2nd

The Pennsbury High School drama department will present its Spring Drama, “The Clumsy Custard Horror Show and Ice Cream Clone Review” in the Orange Auditorium, Pennsbury High School West, 608 S. Olds Boulevard, Fairless Hills, on Friday, April 1st and Saturday, April 2nd at 7:30pm.

This play is a hilarious comedy that is similar to the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” in that audience members are invited to get into the act!

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Kelsey Busch shines as first violinist with Youth Orchestra of Bucks County

by Gina Vitolo-Stevens

Johannes Brahms wrote, “Without craftsmanship, inspiration is merely a reed shaken in the wind.”

Kelsey Busch, a senior at Pennsbury High School in Fairless Hills, has been steadily quivering her bow against taut strings as a violinist since the delicate age of nine, as she now performs as first string violinist and continuing member of the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County (YOBC) Honours String Quartet.

Heir from a lineage of musicians and singers, also a trained flutist and vocalist, Kelsey calms her mind and rests her face against the instrument’s sleek wood frame and as she plays the strings igniting vibration against her fingertips and chin.

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Student artwork added to permanent collection

Artwork by Pennsbury students across the district was recently added to the permanent art collection at the Pennsbury Administration Building in Fallsington.

  1. Pennsbury High School ’15 graduate, Alexandria Brehm, with her selected entry.
  1. PHS art teacher Danyelle Lala (left) with PHS student Moira Jaslar and her “Book Sculpture.”
  1. Charles Boehm Middle School student India Franklin (right) with her study of painting techniques, with art teacher Michelle Beres.
  1. Group shot, from left, Moira Jaslar, Alexandria Brehm, India Franklin, and Lucas Weng.
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Pennsbury Community Chorus sings songs of the season Dec. 12th

Special to the Times Publishing Newspapers

The Pennsbury Community Chorus (PCC) goes “Home for the Holidays” this year, where its 55 singers will offer seasonal hits known to American audiences for decades, as it presents its 16th annual year-end concert on Saturday, December 12th, at Pennsbury High School’s West campus, 608 S. Olds Boulevard, Fairless Hills.

The concert, starting at 3:00pm, features songs like “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” “We Need a Little Christmas,” “The Little Drummer Boy” and “The Christmas Song,” among others, all performed in four-part harmony by the chorus. Concert tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors over 65 and $5 for students with ID.

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Pennsbury students selected for ACDA Honor Choirs

Nine Pennsbury High School students have been selected for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) All-Eastern Honors Choirs. These choirs will meet in Boston February 10th-13th, 2016 during the Eastern Division Conference of the ACDA.

The final performance will be in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory of Music. Selected for the High School Honor Choir were Ethan Barr, Forrester Connor, Quinten Darling, Casey Durso, Heather Goodman, and Connor McDowell.

Students who were selected for the South American Repertoire Honor Choir include Elizabeth Miller, James T. Moyer, and Madison Murphy.

Pictured in the front row from left are Forrester Connor, Maddie Murphy, Ethan Barr, and Heather Goodman; back row, Elizabeth Miller, Connor McDowell, Quinten Darling, Casey Durso, and James Thomas Moyer.

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PHS presents ‘A Piece of my Heart’ and ‘Aesop’s (Oh So Slightly) Updated Fables’

Pennsbury High School’s drama department will present two productions this month; “Aesop’s (Oh So Slightly) Updated Fables” and “A Piece of My Heart.”

All performances will take place in the Orange Auditorium located at the PHS West Campus, 608 South Olds Boulevard in Fairless Hills. The schedules and ticket pricing for these plays are as follows:

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Vocal concert to feature Hungarian composer

The Pennsbury High School Concert Choir and Women’s Ensemble will present a concert of music by Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly on Wednesday, November 18th, at 7:30pm, in the Pennsbury High School-West Keller Hall.

The concert is free and open to the public. The 90-voice Concert Choir will perform the “Missa Brevis” of Kodaly. Written between 1942-45 during the height of the Nazi invasion of Hungary, the Mass was premiered in the cloakroom of the Budapest Opera House while the city was under siege in February of 1945.

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