Spotlight: Youth Orchestra of Bucks County

Do you have a young musician in grades 3 – 12 who loves to play and is looking for a great musical experience? Come see all that the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County has to offer!

The YOBC season includes weekly Sunday afternoon rehearsals in Newtown, as well as two annual concerts. Based on level of mastery, students are placed in one of YOBC’s seven ensembles, which includes two full orchestras, two concert bands, and three string orchestras.

With these progressive ensembles there is a place for younger musicians who are new to ensemble playing, developing students who are refining their skills, and advanced players ready for a challenging and rewarding experience.

YOBC also offers opportunities for student leadership, chamber ensembles, and professionally run masterclasses with Philadelphia Orchestra musicians.

Advanced YOBC musicians and their families can join our biennial international performance tours. Check out our free Preview Events! Register at

Band Preview Day – Saturday February 10th, 2024

Open to band students in grades 4-6

Come join YOBC instructors for this event, where you will meet other young musicians, participate in ensemble activities, and get a taste of what it’s like to be in YOBC.

Friend Day Open Rehearsals– Sunday March 10th, 2024

Open to students who play a band or orchestra instrument in grades 4-12

Come sit in on a YOBC rehearsal and see what it is like to be part of our ensembles!

Interested in auditioning?

YOBC is accepting auditions for our 2024-2025 season. Students must be in grades 3 – 12 and participate in their school instrumental music program to be eligible. Interested students may audition in person in May 2024 or submit a pre-recorded audition video.

Tuition assistance is available for students with demonstrated financial need. Audition requirements and application information can be found at 

PHOTO CAP: YOBC Cellists perform during a concert

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