For Dashiell Papula, the string’s the thing

by Rachel M. Romano

At the young age of 10, Dashiell Papula of Yardley switched from playing the guitar to playing the cello because he was looking for more of a challenge. Now at the age of 17, he has proved that he could meet that challenge.

Dashiell, the first chair cellist with the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County’s Symphony Orchestra, was one of five musicians to win the YOBC’s annual concerto competition last June. In all, eleven musicians auditioned. Along with cellist Torin Li of Doylestown, Dashiell earned the right to perform a double concerto solo during the orchestra’s fall concert.

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Torin Li named YOBC top performer

by Judi Biederman

A Central Bucks East High School student recently took top honors in the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County (YOBC) Annual Concerto Competition.

Torin Li, son of Feng Wang and Weiyong Li of Doylestown and currently a senior at Central Bucks High School East, was selected a top performer in the competition after playing a Vivaldi duet on the cello.

His performance was rewarded with a solo spot in the YOBC symphony orchestra’s fall 2015 concert, and he also received a financial award.

“I think it was a great opportunity and honor to be able to solo with YOBC’s very own as my accompaniment,” Torin says of his win, adding that he entered the competition because he thought it would be a fun challenge.

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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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Transitions on Youth Orchestra of Bucks County Board of Directors

Over the summer while rehearsals have been on hiatus, some important transitions have been taking place on the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County (YOBC) Board of Directors. With the new season, a new president – Paul Clough – takes the helm as the organization begins its next quarter century.

Paul is a parent of two YOBC alumnae, and has served as YOBC’s treasurer for many years. He says, “I’m excited to be taking on a new role within YOBC. Over the 18 years that our family has been involved with YOBC, the organization has grown considerably. Importantly, YOBC’s programs have continued to become stronger and offer more to each participant. I look forward to continuing to work to strengthen the impact that classical music can have on young peoples’ lives.”

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Transitions on Youth Orchestra of Bucks County Board of Directors

Over the summer while rehearsals have been on hiatus, some important transitions have been taking place on the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County (YOBC) Board of Directors. With the new season, a new president – Paul Clough – takes the helm as the organization begins its next quarter century.

Paul is a parent of two YOBC alumnae, and has served as YOBC’s treasurer for many years.

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