Education and Youth

Jeanne Marvin Phillips Prize

The Jeanne Marvin Phillips Prize is awarded to the winner of the annual BCSO Youth Concerto Competition.

Jeanne Marvin Phillips, a dedicated music educator and classical pianist, was a founder of the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra in 1953. The Youth Concerto Competition honors the significant contributions she made to the orchestra’s artistic development and her encouragement of young musicians.

Jeanne studied with Julliard’s renowned Madame Lhevinne, and earned a B.A. and M.A. at the Eastman School of Music. A member of the orchestra percussion section, she also served as President of the Bucks County Symphony Society from 1963 to 1965. She later taught theory and piano pedagogy at Bucks County Community College and performed in recitals with acclaimed pianist David Sokoloff.

Youth Concerto Competition Winners

2017
Lea Wang, Violin

2016
Nahoko Okamoto, Violin

2015
Zachary Fung, Cello

2014
Braden Ellis, Bass

2013
Isaiah Kim, Cello

2012
Alex Wu – Cello

2011
Dora Von Trentini – Violin

2010
Helen Marie Vassiliou – Violin

2009
Bihn Park – Cello
Amy Semes – Violin

2008
Grace Ju – Violin

2007
Sean Bailey – Clarinet
Maria Venter – Cello
Daniel Christensen – Cello

2006
Caeli Smith – Violin

2005
Brianna Leary – Violin

2004
Clare Semes – Violin

2003
Maria Semes – Violin

2002
Mallory Leach – Saxophone

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