Meet the Concerto Soloists

Four YOBC students were selected as soloists, from ten highly qualified contenders in this year’s Concerto Competition which was held in June 2019. Congratulations to Amanda Rearden (oboe), Priya Deliwala (flute), Ryan Wilkowski (euphonium), and Jaqueline Chen (piano) who will play at an upcoming YOBC concert this season.

3/29 Adv Division I Concert, Delaware Valley University, 4:00 pm

Spring 2020 Advanced Division I Concert
Fanfare Winds
Amanda Rearden (oboe)
Variations on a Theme by Glinka

Amanda Rearden is a senior at Pennsbury High School where she plays principal oboe in their Symphonic Winds and Symphony Orchestra. She started playing the oboe in 4th grade and began taking private lessons with Beth Benson two years later. In 7th grade, Amanda auditioned for YOBC and currently holds the principal chair in both Fanfare Winds and the Symphony Orchestra. She participated in YOBC’s 2016 and 2018 international tours to the French Alps and Riviera and Andalusia Spain. She had the opportunity to solo with the orchestra in Spain, performing “Gabriel’s Oboe” at each of the four venues.

Amanda participates in summer instrumental workshops as well as Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) festivals. She has attended the Oboe and Advanced Oboe Institutes at Interlochen Center for the Arts the last two summers as well as the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival this past summer, where she played both oboe and English horn. She sat principal chair at the 2018 and 2019 PMEA District 11 and 2018 Region VI Band and Orchestra Festivals. Amanda also performed in the 2018 PMEA All-State Wind Ensemble and the 2019 National Association for Music Educators All-East Honors Band. She has played with the Delaware Valley Wind Symphony and the Pennsbury Community Band as well as for local churches. Amanda is honored to have been selected as a Young Artist Performances soloist and will give two performances in Hilton Head, South Carolina in May of 2020. 

In addition to the oboe, Amanda plays the alto saxophone in the Pennsbury High School Marching Band. She marched with the band in the 2018 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California, held the officer position of alto saxophone section leader as a junior and has the privilege of being Drum Major for the 2019-2020 season during which the band will travel to Beijing and Shanghai, China. She has also played the tenor saxophone in the Pennsbury Concert Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble.

Outside of music, Amanda loves to dance and took Irish dance lessons from 1st to 10th grade. She has participated in scouting for the past 12 years and is active in the community as an Ambassador Girl Scout, having completed both her Bronze and Silver Awards. For her Silver Award, she developed and implemented a program for children with autism, teaching private recorder lessons and coordinating a small concert. Amanda would like to thank YOBC for providing such enriching opportunities and helping her grow as a musician. After high school, she plans to major in oboe performance.  

Jacqueline Chen (piano)
Schumann    Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54 (movement 1)

Spring 2020 Advanced Division I Concert
Jacqueline Chen (piano)
Schumann    Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54 (movement 1)

Jacqueline Chen is a junior at the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ. She began playing the piano at age 5 with Ursula Ingolfsson and currently studies with Ingrid Clarfield, Professor of Piano at Westminster Choir College. Jacqueline has earned many awards in prestigious piano competitions, most notably 1st place in Crescendo International Competition, 2nd place in New Jersey Music Teachers’ Association (NJMTA) Young Musicians’ Competition, and 2nd place in Chopin International Competition in Hartford, CT. She also was named Best Performer and was awarded 1st place in the Elite International Competition in New York. She has had the privilege of performing in renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Jacqueline has used music to help out the community: she organizes charity concerts within her piano studio and performs for local retirement homes. She has played on celebrated pianist Vladimir Horowitz’s piano in a benefit concert supporting the Ronald McDonald House. 

In addition to piano, Jacqueline has been playing the violin for 8 years and this is her 6th year with YOBC. She currently studies with Ruotao Mao. Jacqueline is a first violin in YOBC’s Symphony Orchestra and was the principal second violinist in the Andalusia tour in 2018 and a member of the French Alps & Riviera tour in 2016. At Lawrenceville, Jacqueline is a principal violinist in both of the School’s orchestras and played in the pit for her school musical last year.

Aside from music, Jacqueline is the president of a charity club at her school that supports St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. She is also on the editorial board of her school’s science research journal, Lawrencium; a staff writer for the school newspaper, The Lawrence; a tour guide, and she plays on the tennis team. Jacqueline would like to thank her parents, teachers, and friends for everything they have done to support her. She would also like to thank YOBC for the opportunity to perform her first piano concerto with an amazing orchestra!

Fall 2019 Advanced Division I Concert
Fanfare Winds
Ryan Wilkowski (euphonium)  
Guilmant     Morceau Symphonique, Op. 88

Ryan Wilkowski first discovered his talent and passion for music in 2008, when he started to play the piano. Three years later, Ryan had switched to the Euphonium as his primary instrument. A decision that was curious at first would ultimately be the perfect one.

Ryan joined the YOBC in 2015. He proudly represented the organization on two European tours: the French Riviera and Alps in 2016 and Andalusia, Spain in 2018. One of Ryan’s biggest accomplishments to date was receiving the Fanfare Winds’ Outstanding Music Achievement Award for the 2018-19 season. Aside from the large ensembles, Ryan has performed with the YOBC’s Brass Ensemble since 2017.

A Senior at William Tennent High School in Warminster, Ryan has been a key contributor to the music program’s recent success. The Marching Band – in which Ryan is a soloist on the Marching Baritone – received the Most Improved Award in the Cavalcade of Bands 2018 Open Championships. Ryan himself had the honor of receiving the band’s Best Performer Award for the 2018 season. The Jazz Ensemble – in which Ryan plays the Trombone – performed at the National Association for Music Education (“NAfME”) 2019 Eastern Division Conference, placed 2nd in the 2019 SteelStacks High School Jazz Band Showcase… and became Division Champions in the Cavalcade of Bands 2019 Championships. His Trombone section won the Best Section Award at every competition in 2019. Aside from Marching Band and Jazz Ensemble, Ryan plays in Tennent’s Wind Ensemble (on the Euphonium) and Concert Band (on Trombone). When he’s not performing, Ryan is actively recruiting future band members on behalf of the Tri M Music Honor Society.  

Outside of William Tennent’s ensembles and the YOBC, Ryan has participated in the 2018 and 2019 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (“PMEA”) Band Festivals, as well as every Bucks County Music Educators’ Association (“BCMEA”) Band Festival since 2015. Since 2016, he has played in the Kimmel Center every December, as part of the Tuba Christmas concert series. In Spring 2019, he was invited to play with the Delaware Valley Wind Symphony.  He participates in the Hatboro-Horsham Summer Concert and Jazz Band camps and runs sectionals with their Beginner Jazz Band.  

In 2020, Ryan plans to pursue his love for music by attending college to major in Euphonium Performance.

Ryan would like to thank the YOBC for allowing him to play challenging music with fabulous conductors and like-minded musicians. He’d also like to thank his longtime private instructor, Bill Moore, for passing down a wealth of knowledge.

Fall 2019 Advanced Division I Concert
Symphony Orchestra
Priya Deliwala (flute)
Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major (movement 1)

Priya Deliwala is a senior at Pennsbury High School where she plays principal flute and piccolo in the Pennsbury Symphonic Winds and Symphony Orchestra. She began playing the flute in 4th grade and started taking private lessons with woodwind specialist Brian Adamczyk when she was in 6th grade. Since freshman year, Priya has been part of the Pennsbury Long Orange Line; as a junior she was section leader of the flute section and this year she is Band Lieutenant. She has also successfully auditioned into several Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) festivals. In 2018 and 2019, she participated in District 11 and Region IV Band and Orchestra. This year she also performed in the PMEA All-State Concert Band. In February, Priya organized a benefit concert in Pennsbury High School, aiming to raise money to fund a school that provides an individualized curriculum to underprivileged children in India. 

In addition to music, Priya has participated in Speech and Debate and has been on the Lower Makefield Township Youth Committee Board for two years where she is currently Secretary. Priya spent her past two summers at college-level programs in Computer Science and Business at the University of Pennsylvania and hopes to combine the two into her future endeavors. She enjoys participating in activities that positively impact her community and plans to continue to use her musical passion and free time to do so. She wishes to thank YOBC for this incredible opportunity to perform and her family and friends for supporting her unconditionally.