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.
YMA and Friendship Adult Day Services will be having a joint, fun-filled gala Benefit on May 4 at the First Presbyterian Church in Burlington. There will be singing, instrument performances, a dance-a-thon, food, and more. More details later! Come join us!
November 4th,2017: Alamance Arts Council Benefit with DuBois Steel Drum Band
On November 4th, 2017, the Young Musicians premiered a collaboration with Wilton DuBois and his steel drum band of students from the Burlington Housing Authority. The group played before a very 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 VERY 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.