The difference music makes in young lives

Posted on: April 4, 2014

In Wednesday’s (4/2) York Daily Record (Pennsylvania), Teresa Boeckel profiles Kathleen Yeater, “a retired strings specialist and director of orchestras with Southern York County School District, [who] is celebrating her 20th year with the York Junior Symphony Orchestra. The YJSO offers young musicians the opportunity to progress at a faster pace, Yeater said.… Through the orchestra, the students learn self-discipline through practice and team work by everyone having a part to play, Yeater said. Those skills carry over into everything else in life.… Ryan Kuhns, a graduate of Susquehannock, said in an email that Yeater played a pivotal role in shaping his life. Her commitment to excellence inspired him and he realized he wanted to make music his career, Kuhns wrote.… Kuhns has a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music, he said in an email. He is a faculty member at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and has kept a busy performing schedule playing classical, jazz and more. ‘Mrs. Yeater is one of my musical heroes for showing me the true potential of music and for instilling in me the knowledge and work ethic to achieve my dreams,’ he wrote.”

Posted April 4, 2014