Meet the Concerto Soloists

Two YOBC students were selected as soloists, from six highly qualified contenders in this year’s Concerto Competition which was held in June 2020. Congratulations to Jonathan Bywater (French horn) and Joseph Fan (clarinet) who will play at the YOBC Spring concert on May 23 in Central Park, Doylestown, PA.


Spring Concert 2021
Fanfare Winds / Wind Ensemble                       
Jonathan Bywater (French horn)

Concerto for Horn in B-flat major
Op. 91 (movement 1)
by Reinhold Gliere

Jonathan Bywater is a senior at Pennsbury High School. He began playing the horn in fourth grade at age nine, and he joined YOBC’s Wind Symphony two years later under the baton of Colleen Sweetsir. Since then, Jonathan has played with Pennsbury High School’s Symphonic Winds, the Delaware Valley Wind Symphony, and Philadelphia Sinfonia. He has also participated in the bands and orchestras of various Music Educators Association festivals such as PMEA’s District 11, Region VI, and All-State ensembles in 2019 and 2020, as well as the NAfME All-National Symphony Orchestra in November 2019. His teachers have included Colleen Sweetsir and Jonathan Clark.

This year marks Jonathan’s seventh year with YOBC, where he currently plays with Fanfare Winds and Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Steve Sweetsir and Robert Loughran, respectively.

He plans to attend Temple University in the Fall where he will major in music performance.

Spring Concert 2021
Symphony Orchestra                       
Joseph Fan (clarinet)

Concerto for Clarinet in E-flat major
Op. 36 (movement III)
by Franz Krommer

Joseph Fan is a homeschooled senior who joined YOBC as a clarinetist in 2018. He started playing the B-flat clarinet, bass clarinet, and baritone saxophone in 2013 for Dayton Christian School’s concert band and jazz band in Dayton, Ohio. He played clarinet solos in the Association of Christian Schools International Music Festival in 2016 and 2017, and received a superior rating in both events. In February 2017, he was invited to play in the Ohio State University Middle School Honor Band Festival.

After moving to Pennsylvania in 2017, he played in the Philadelphia Young Musician’s Orchestra for the 2017-2018 Season. In December 2019, Joseph participated in the Crescendo International Music Competition winning a first place rating and performing at Carnegie Hall in January 2020. Joseph is currently taking lessons with Mr. David C. Blumberg.

Joseph also plays the piano, guitar, and bass guitar. He enjoys biking, kayaking, and model building. He is also a black belt student in Taekwondo. He would like to thank God, his parents, Mr. Blumberg, and YOBC for helping him to become a better clarinet player.