Helen Buckman Awards
The Helen Buckman award is given annually by the Bucks County Symphony to an orchestra student at each Central Bucks high school who demonstrates exceptional dedication, leadership and musical ability. The award is named for a long-time Central Bucks music teacher who was one of the charter members of the Bucks County Symphony, and who was responsible for establishing the strong link that continues to exist between the orchestra and our schools for more than half a century.
Recipients of the Helen Buckman Awards for 2015 are Maggie Simon, Beth Vandersall, and Gillis Wang.
Maggie serves as violin section leader at CB East, is a member of the select Chamber Strings, has represented her school at the PMEA District 11 and Region VI Orchestras, and plays with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. Beth serves as cello section leader at CB South, is a member of the select Chamber Strings, has represented her school at the Bucks County Music Festival and PMEA District 11 Orchestra, and performs with the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County. Gillis serves as violin section leader at CB West, is a member of the select Chamber Strings, has represented his school at the Bucks County Music Festival, and also performs with the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County.
The Bucks County Symphony congratulates Maggie, Beth and Gillis for their outstanding orchestral achievements in high school and for their commitment to musical excellence.