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February 23, 2019


A reception was held for Ms. Beth Bader February 23, 2019.  The students performed several well-received pieces and sang two favorites.  President of the Board Phil Myers thanked Ms. Bader for the creation of YMA and for her dedication in keeping it moving forward during the years.  Ms. Bader thanked the Teaching Artists, Board of Directors, Parents, Students and Donors for making YMA what it is today.  

Ms. Bader will be moving to the Asheville, NC area and plans to volunteer with the El Sistema program there – MusicWorks!  We wish Ms. Bader all the best in her upcoming endeavors!

Warming up for the performance for Ms. Bader's reception.
Ms. Bader reads from prepared notes.

The following is an article from the Burlington Times-News released January 26, 2019.  Link:  https://www.thetimesnews.com/news/20190126/alamances-young-musicians-prepare-for-2019s-challenges


By Andrew Vendelis / Times-News

Posted Jan 26, 2019 at 3:14 PM


Young Musicians of Alamance are tuning up for 2019.

Board Chair Phil Myers says last year was rough to say the least. After the program started a GoFundMe in 2018, it raised only $980 of its $12,500 goal before the campaign closed.

“It wasn’t nearly what we thought it would be,” Myers said. “I think the struggle is that the community still doesn’t know who we are. There’s just a lot of unknowns, I guess.”

On Dec. 31, founder and Executive Director Beth Bader parted ways with YMA to focus on family life after being with the program for four years. According to Myers, Bader leaves the program with a legacy of hard work.

“I think part of it was getting to be too much to handle, especially from a volunteer basis,” Myers said. “She’s shed blood, sweat and tears. She’s worked extremely difficult hours.”

Myers is the pastor at First Reformed United Church of Christ in Burlington. He’s been on the Board of Directors since the program’s launch in 2015, when Bader approached him about the church’s hosting the program every Saturday.

“The church is really adamant about opening our space to community groups,” he said. “The first time I heard of it, I just thought it was a great program.”

With Bader’s departure, Myers is taking over her duties while the program searches for a new executive director. One of the year’s biggest struggles, according to Myers, came in the form of fundraising.

“Our fundraisers haven’t been a stellar success as far as the amount of funds receiving,” he said. “I think that’s been one of our greater challenges. We’re solvent. We have enough to pay staff for the semester, but it’s not like we have a big cushion.”

The program has temporarily suspended lessons, but plans on starting back up Saturday, Feb. 2, when they will hold an information session. The typical age range for the program’s students is 8 to 10, but Myers believes the students’ skills have surpassed their age.

“I know at least two or three times that they’ve performed in the worship service,” he said. “It’s great. Even in four years, you can tell some of the children over time how much more poised, how confident they are. Some of them get up there and they own the stage.”

While the program faced some financial setbacks in 2018, the students have performed at venues such as Cedarock Park. Myers hopes to expand the program, which currently has 30 students.

“We would like to get up eventually to 60 or 65 members,” he said.

The program targets lower-income students and families, which makes it harder to get donations.

“There’s no set cost,” Myers said. “We encourage donations, but if a family can’t pay, we’re not saying you can’t come. All of the kids are treated equally, none of them are treated any different.”

Myers is optimistic about the challenges YMA faces in the new year.

“We are going through a transition,” he said. “We see that as a positive.”

He hopes that the program can gain traction through social media promotion. “Part of the goal is through social media,” he said.

He hopes that the search for a new executive director results in someone willing to step up. “One role of the executive director is just getting out there and speaking at groups, being that promotional person, sharing the word, planting the seeds.”

No matter what odds they face, Myers says, YMA will serve the community in any way it can.

“It impacts a child’s life for the good,” he said. “As these children are nurtured, they become stronger leaders. Their families are impacted, and I think the community is impacted. I think it’s a win-win all around.”


Young Musicians of Alamance is now on Twitter!  Follow us at:  @YMofA1

Prospective Student Orientation and Information Meeting

February 2, 2019

9:30 am

513 W Front Street

Young Musicians of Alamance NOW RECRUITING for new students.  

Studies show teaching children to play music helps them develop skills to navigate through the rest of their lives, including:









Parents of prospective students should plan to attend a meeting February 2, 2019 for information and orientation.  Please RSVP prior to January 31, 2019.  Each student receives an instrument on loan throughout the school year so they can practice at home.  Expect your student to attend two lessons a week – 1 after school and each Saturday morning.  For more information, please call us at 336-524-6764 or email ymofa1@gmail.com.  We look forward to meeting you!


December 14, 2018 – 

YMA performed at the May Memorial Library downtown Burlington, NC Friday, December 14, 2018 at 6:00PM during Btown’s “Dickens Christmas – Holiday Magic” event.  The acoustics were perfect for the Chamber group’s performance of Christmas favorites.

December 7, 2018 – 

Young Musicians of Alamance performed at Cedarock Park’s “S’mores Santa” event Friday, December 7, 2018.  The students performed holiday classics.  There were fun family activities and SANTA!

Este es Aaron Jurado, un talentoso músico joven de tercer grado de Alamance, que fue aceptado en la Orquesta Juvenil de Greensboro en agosto. Estamos muy orgullosos de Aaron, ¡un excelente violinista y un excelente estudiante de YMA!

This is Aaron Jurado, a talented Young Musician of Alamance third grader, who was accepted into the Greensboro Youth Orchestra in August.  We are very proud of Aaron — a fine violinist and a terrific YMA student!

November 17, 2018 – 

Young Musicians of Alamance performed in the 2018 Burlington Holiday Parade.  The students marched in the parade while singing Holiday Classic songs.  They enjoyed being a part of this holiday tradition!  Here are some pics:

Young Musicians of Alamance has been fortunate to receive food donations or gift cards for food from the following businesses.  Please help us thank them by visiting the establishments and telling them YMA is thankful for them!

Food LionGift Card

Mellow Mushroom (Burlington) – Cases of fruit

The Root Trackside (Elon) – Veggie tray

David Ratchford, First Reformed UCC organist, demonstrated the organ and played music for the Young Musicians of Alamance on Saturday, November 3.  The students listened attentively and were very excited about everything they learned!  David commented, “The kids were so sweet and really seemed interested. It was a special day for me.  They are so fortunate to have the opportunity to experience music through YMA.”  Here are some pictures of this special treat!! 


Join YMA as we perform at the Cedarock Fall Festival October 6, 2018Our performance begins at 1:00 PM, but come early to see everything the park has to offer! See you there!  CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN

September 15, 2018 – Performance at Carousel Festival, City Park, Burlington, NC.  Come out to help us celebrate the first performance of the season!  CANCELLED DUE TO HURRICANE FLORENCE

Young Musicians of Alamance will resume classes September 8, 2018.  We are excited to welcome the students and parents to a new year!

Young Musicians of Alamance was featured in a story in the Sunday, August 19, 2018, Burlington Times-News, written by Charity Apple.  The article discussed the work YMA does and reiterated the need for immediate and long-term, sustainable funding.  See the Entire article here:  http://www.thetimesnews.com/entertainmentlife/20180819/young-musicians-of-alamance-in-need-of-donations

YMA staff is ramping up for the coming 2018-2019 school year and recruitment of new students.  If you have a child who is interested in the program, or know of any interested prospective students, please contact Young Musicians of Alamance using the contact form on the Contact Us page on this website, or call us at:  336524-6764.

Seven talented YMA students were selected to attend the KidzNotes Summer Camp, held in Durham from July 9-19, 2018 (Monday-Thursday.)  The summer camp provides daily intensive music instruction, and provides (as does YMA) healthy snacks and lunch each day for the students.  YMA is proud of the students selected, and applauds their commitment to learning and their comportment during the Camp.  Congratulations!


Jenny te Vasquez was presented with the very prestigious Moorhead-Cain Scholarship for the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship for study at Oxford in England, the Morehead-Cain provides a full four-year scholarship covering tuition, books, room and board, a laptop computer, and four summer experiences known as the Morehead-Cain’s Summer Enrichment Program.  This achievement is especially notable since Jenny is a first-generation college student.

Not to be outdone by her very accomplished cousin, Maria Tiznado — a.k.a. Ari –also received a list of honors:

Induction into the National Honor Society, the Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, English and French Honor Societies, Academy of Finance Honor Society, I Dare You National Leadership Award, Junior Civitans Scholarship, the James M. Johnston Scholarship, a $10,000 a year merit aid, and the Carolina Covenant that ensures she graduates from UNC debt free.  And she’s been admitted to the Honors program at UNC! This from another first-generation college student.

We are so honored to have had them working hard for us — in the kitchen mainly – almost every Saturday.  All five of the cousins are fluently bilingual, which is yet another gift they bring to our program.  As I messaged Ari, “You and Jenny are going to take over the world!  We are so proud and honored to have had you as our volunteers and friends.  We will be following your progress through life, and celebrating your triumphs!”

It is our sincere hope that their cousins, Sheidy (prounounced “Sadie”) Rios, Gaby Vasquez, and Brian Tiznado, will continue to bring their talents and good cheer to YMA next year. As well, we are confident that they will continue the family tradition and also be greatly honored when they graduate!

Board member Theresa Ibarra was chosen Times-News Cook of the Month for May, 2018! See the article and video by following this link:


May Cook of the Month Teresa Steele Ibarra sautés broccoli to serve to the Young Musicians of Alamance at First Reformed United Church of Christ in Burlington.


Clockwise from left: Volunteers Maria Tiznado, Bryan Tiznado, Sheidy Rios and Teresa Steele Ibarra put a cucumber tray, with crackers and vegetable dip, and fruit skewers on the table for the Young Musicians of Alamance’s snack time.


Young Musicians of Alamance is proud to announce a partnership with Amazon Smile.

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Beth Bader (center), YMA Executive Director, is pictured here with Tracey Grayzer (left), the President of Impact Alamance and Heidi Norwick (right) who is the Director of Alamance County United Way. The event was Ms. Bader’s graduation from the Leadership Institute co-sponsored by Impact Alamance and United Way for leaders of non-profit and government agencies in Alamance County.  The graduation took place on May 11, 2017, at the Eddy Pub in Saxapahaw

Past Events:

May 20, 2018, the YMA students performed during the morning service at First Reformed United Church of Christ, at 513 W. Front Street.

Our wonderful Young Musicians of Alamance were invited to sing and play their instruments once again at the Church where we meet to practice on Saturdays, First Reformed United Church of Christ.  Our students sang and played on Sunday, May 20, 2018, at 11:00 a.m.

The Pastor, Church Council and the congregation of First Reformed have done so much to make it possible for our students to have this gift of music.  We wanted to let them know how much we appreciate their generosity and hospitality.

May 4, 2018, Young Musicians of Alamance (YMA) and Friendship Adult Day Services (FADS) held a gala benefit at First Presbyterian Church at 508 W. Davis St. in Burlington.

Never too Young… Never too Old!

Our inter-generational concert program will included instrumental pieces by various Young Musicians of Alamance (YMA) string groups, a piano solo by a Friendship Adult Day Services, Inc. (FADS) pianist, a YMA Teaching Artist joint performance, and a songfest by FADS clients and YMA students.

April 28, 2018:  Fraser’s Ridge Scottish Music Jam
Featuring:  E. Marie Denig, Young Musicians of Alamance, The Hawfields Jammers

The Alamance Battleground State Historic site was the location for an afternoon of music by local musicians, inspired by the book and television series “Outlander.”  Selections ranged from traditional Scottish tunes to the songs of the North Carolina mountains.  The weather was perfect!  Our students loved the event.

The organizers of the event were so impressed by out student’s performance, they have invited YMA to perform at future events!

December 1, 2017: Dessert Concert with Burlington Boy’s Choir
On December 1st, the Young Musicians of Alamance performed in a collaborative venture with the Burlington Boys Choir.  This “Dessert Concert” took place at the Macedonia Lutheran Church on Davis Street in Burlington. This performance was a festival of Christmas Carols with members of YMA adding voices and strings to the Burlington Boys Choir’s heavenly sound!

November 4,2017: Alamance Arts Council Benefit with DuBois Steel Drum Band

On November 4, 2017, Young Musicians of Alamance premiered a collaboration with Wilton DuBois and his steel drum band of students from the Burlington Housing Authority.  The group played before an appreciative audience at the Alamance Arts Council’s major benefit, Havana, which took place at the Alamance Country Club.

June 3, 2017: End of School Year YMA Concert
For it’s final event of the 2016-17 school year, the Young Musicians of Alamance gave a concert in the chapel at Twin Lakes Retirement Village on the afternoon of June 3rd.  Each of the string groups in the program — the Mozart, Brahms, and Paganini groups each performed several pieces — interspersed with choral offerings by the entire group.  The concert was attended by all of the parents of the students and many residents of the Twin Lakes Village.  The audience demonstrated their enthusiasm regularly throughout the concert.  At the end of the concert, the students all received certificates of participation for the school year.

May 21, 2017: First Reformed Church Sunday Service
This performance was at 11:00 am on Sunday, May 21st at the First Reformed Church where we have our Saturday YMA lessons.

April 22, 2017: Ashley Furniture Store Opening Concert
We performed at the Ashley Furniture Store in Alamance Crossing Saturday on April 22nd . The Young Musicians of Alamance started at 10:00 am that morning and went on until 11:00 am.

December 12, 2016: Dickens’ Christmas Winter Festival

YMA was invited to participate in the Winter Festival at KidzNotes, the flagship El Sistema program in North Carolina.  Our students played, sang and comported themselves professionally.  We were so proud of our Beethovens!  Not only did they play and sing wonderfully, they represented our program so well with their behavior and manners.

September 17, 2016: Carousel Festival Performance
YMA was invited to perform during the Burlington Annual Carousel Festival in City Park.

April 23, 2016: YMA Spring Benefit Concert
The Spring Benefit was a great success! Many people attended, the YMAs performed superbly and rated not only applause but also cheers; the Alamance Jazz Band had people up and dancing; and the Teaching Artists proved that an ensemble of double bass, flute, and trumpet can produce a very beautiful sound, especially when the right arranger — YMA Teaching Artist, Jerry Davis — creates the score! Thanks to all the performers, the attendees, the sponsors, and the volunteers, for their hard work and talents! We’re already planning next year’s Benefit. Stay tuned.

October 31, 2015: Updated Logo

Take a look at our new logo!  We know – it looks the same.  However, we recently updated our Vision Statement, and wanted the new one to be reflected in our logo.  Thanks to our Program Director, Matthew Pfeuffer, for his adept handling of first designing the logo, then producing the updated one!

October 30, 2015: YMA October Festival
We had our first Fund-Raiser, the October Festival, on October 30.  The Young Musicians of Alamance have performed their first public concert and it was very good!  There were also costumes and food — a wonderful spaghetti dinner!  Our Lead Teaching Artist, Casey Collins, recruited her Dad, John Collins, to provide the delicious made-from-scratch spaghetti dinner. There were Favorite Book Character costumes, a raffle, a cake walk, a bake sale, fun, and more! Hope you were there!!

September 13, 2015: YMA Concert Attendance Field Trip
We were invited by our Board Member and friend, Dr. Dorothy Kitchen, to attend a concert by the Borromeo String Quartet from the New England Conservatory. There was a lot of excitement and big anticipation by the Staff, Volunteers, and the Executive Director.  Only one student attended with her Mother.  Not a big story, but this student had been the shyest, most self-effacing student, who barely went through the motions with her vocal lessons.  She had been the first Young Musician of Alamance back in April, but her self-confidence and comfort with performing had not grown over the months.  She never volunteered to do any of the solos during the lessons.

However, she was a very enthusiastic member of the audience as the gifted Quartet played.  She stood on her chair so that she could see every part of the performance. She was rapt all during the performance!!  After the performance she was introduced to Dr. Kitchen and the members of the Borromeo Quartet.  She was given a big hug by Dr. Kitchen, and was greeted very warmly by the members of the quartet. When she was asked what instrument she played, she did not hesitate to answer, “the violin!”  The very next weekend she was the first volunteer for a solo during the lessons.  She regularly broke out in big smiles, and ever after attended very carefully to the moves during vocal lessons and the notes and directions during violin lessons.  It was a classic El Sistema story, and we are still talking about it!!

September 12, 2015:  A New Class Joins!
Nine new Eastlawn first and second graders joined our nucleo to learn, sing, play, and socialize with our 8 now-second graders from the Spring 2015 Semester.  All of our first year students returned, so we doubled in size!

This new class — we call them Mozarts — is as eager and motivated as our first, who we now call Beethovens. The get along beautifully, work really hard, and are learning the expectations of YMA and music instruction very readily!

August 23, 2015:  Radio Coverage for YMA
On Sunday, August 23, WCPE, the local classical music station located in Wake Forest, NC played an interview about Young Musicians of Alamance featuring Beth Bader as interviewed by Tara Lynn.  The interview had been taped earlier that week.


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