Fostering a Love of Music

The NEPA Philharmonic Mentoring Program offers a unique learning opportunity for high school musicians from this region. Not just limited to students who hope to pursue a career in music, the program is designed to foster a love of music, build the next generation of audiences and teach the students the discipline required to achieve musical excellence. The program is open to piano, strings, woodwinds and brass instruments only (no saxophone).

Included in the program:

  • Monthly private lessons and chamber music coachings with NEPA Philharmonic musicians
  • Sectionals with the NEPA Philharmonic musicians
  • Masterclasses with guest soloists and members of the NEPA Philharmonic
  • Free concert tickets to all NEPA Philharmonic performances for the season
  • Side-by-side performances with the NEPA Philharmonic
  • Leadership opportunities (i.e. performances in community centers, local schools, etc…)
  • Chamber music recital

All participating students are assigned to a musician in the orchestra, or mentor, who plays their instrument. They receive monthly private lessons and the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a concert with the full orchestra. Students enrolled in the mentoring program also receive two complimentary tickets to all NEPA Philharmonic performances for the current season. At the end of the season, the students are invited to rehearse and perform alongside the NEPA Philharmonic during the Young People’s Concerts.

Additionally, the students will be involved in a chamber music group (i.e. duo, trio or quartet). Every month, the chamber groups will meet with a NEPA mentor for an hour-long coaching in preparation to a chamber music recital at the end of the season. Between each coaching, the students will be responsible for organizing and leading rehearsals with their chamber groups, developing important organizational and leadership skills.

The impact this program has on the high school students involved is profound. They are surrounded by peers and adults who share their passion for music and who “speak the same language.” They develop an increased awareness of musical excellence, and they grow exponentially as musicians. The creativity, self-discipline and aesthetic standards that the students develop will have a strong impact on their future careers, whether they become musicians, homemakers, scientists, architects, artists, teachers or engineers.

Please Note: Important dates
The 2019-20 application deadline is Friday, May 31, 2019 at 5pm.
The auditions are Sunday, June 2, 2019 at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, Wilkes-Barre

2017/2018 Mentoring Students Chamber Music Recital