Bucks County Performing Arts Center

BCPAC

The Pennsbury Symphony Orchestra performing at the Bucks County Performing Arts Center.

recap from BCPAC —-
The Pennsbury school district has long had a reputation for its stellar music program, and watching and listening to the young musicians on stage last night, it is easy to see why. Under the able batons of Director Felicia Reilly and Assistant Director Lisa Chippendale, they played with a commitment, precision, and enthusiasm that reflected both their knowledge of, and appreciation for, the music they were performing. The first half featured the string section, with works by baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli, American composer Howard Hanson, and British composer Edward Elgar. After intermission (refreshments served!) the strings were joined by the competent wind, brass, and percussion sections in performing Mozart, Rachmaninoff, and contemporary American composer Ron Nelson. The program afforded plenty of opportunities for individual musicians to shine while at the same time showing off their skill in playing as an ensemble. BCPAC is very pleased to have had the opportunity to bring these outstanding young musicians out of the high school and into the community, where they were given a rousing and well-deserved ovation. Bravo a tutti! - Lynn Fergusson

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BCPAC introduction

In 1985, the organization was recognized by the National Recreation and Park Association and was honored with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council Dorothy Mullen Arts & Humanities Award for a program that exemplified outstanding efforts in the arts among park and recreation departments. Thirty years later, the organization has grown in numerous directions.


Concerts are held in the historic Yardley Community Centre, mostly on Saturday evenings, and the organization continues to bring top notch performers to its stage. In 1996, BCPAC established a vital partnership with the Pennsbury School District’s “Pennsbury Partners Program (PPP)”,
For the last 16 years, BCPAC has assisted Pennsbury’s students in fulfilling the National Standards for Arts Education by bringing artists into the classroom.  Bringing professional artists into the school environment enables students to recognize the arts as an authentic means of expression as part of classroom learning.  Since 1996, over $300,000 in grant money has been raised for both the Arts in Education Program at the school district, and the local concert series at the Yardley Community Centre.


Mary Borkovitz

Founder/Executive Director
is a 1954 graduate of New York University with a B.S. in Music Education.  She has taught instrumental music in the Westbury Public School District on Long Island and the Greenburgh Public School District in Westchester New York.  In 1970, due to a career move for her husband Mary moved to Yardley Pennsylvania and retired from teaching to raise a family.
During the 70’s Mary volunteered in several capacities and served on the Park and Recreation Board of Lower Makefield Township.  Then in 1978, when a Community Room was built on to the local Township Building, Mary started a concert series by founding the Lower Makefield Society for the Performing Arts.  While developing this program as a volunteer, she worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Psychology Department of Trenton State College, Mobil Oil Corporation and in the Provost’s Office of Princeton University.

Now celebrating its 38th anniversary season, the Lower Makefield Society for the Performing Arts has become the Bucks County Performing Arts Center, to better represent the expansion of its programming into all of Bucks County.

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The Pennsbury Symphony Orchestra performing at the Bucks County Performing Arts Center.

recap from BCPAC —-
The Pennsbury school district has long had a reputation for its stellar music program, and watching and listening to the young musicians on stage last night, it is easy to see why. Under the able batons of Director Felicia Reilly and Assistant Director Lisa Chippendale, they played with a commitment, precision, and enthusiasm that reflected both their knowledge of, and appreciation for, the music they were performing. The first half featured the string section, with works by baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli, American composer Howard Hanson, and British composer Edward Elgar. After intermission (refreshments served!) the strings were joined by the competent wind, brass, and percussion sections in performing Mozart, Rachmaninoff, and contemporary American composer Ron Nelson. The program afforded plenty of opportunities for individual musicians to shine while at the same time showing off their skill in playing as an ensemble. BCPAC is very pleased to have had the opportunity to bring these outstanding young musicians out of the high school and into the community, where they were given a rousing and well-deserved ovation. Bravo a tutti! - Lynn Fergusson

Upcoming performance

BCPAC introduction

In 1985, the organization was recognized by the National Recreation and Park Association and was honored with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council Dorothy Mullen Arts & Humanities Award for a program that exemplified outstanding efforts in the arts among park and recreation departments. Thirty years later, the organization has grown in numerous directions.


Concerts are held in the historic Yardley Community Centre, mostly on Saturday evenings, and the organization continues to bring top notch performers to its stage. In 1996, BCPAC established a vital partnership with the Pennsbury School District’s “Pennsbury Partners Program (PPP)”,
For the last 16 years, BCPAC has assisted Pennsbury’s students in fulfilling the National Standards for Arts Education by bringing artists into the classroom.  Bringing professional artists into the school environment enables students to recognize the arts as an authentic means of expression as part of classroom learning.  Since 1996, over $300,000 in grant money has been raised for both the Arts in Education Program at the school district, and the local concert series at the Yardley Community Centre.


Mary Borkovitz

Founder/Executive Director
is a 1954 graduate of New York University with a B.S. in Music Education.  She has taught instrumental music in the Westbury Public School District on Long Island and the Greenburgh Public School District in Westchester New York.  In 1970, due to a career move for her husband Mary moved to Yardley Pennsylvania and retired from teaching to raise a family.
During the 70’s Mary volunteered in several capacities and served on the Park and Recreation Board of Lower Makefield Township.  Then in 1978, when a Community Room was built on to the local Township Building, Mary started a concert series by founding the Lower Makefield Society for the Performing Arts.  While developing this program as a volunteer, she worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Psychology Department of Trenton State College, Mobil Oil Corporation and in the Provost’s Office of Princeton University.

Now celebrating its 38th anniversary season, the Lower Makefield Society for the Performing Arts has become the Bucks County Performing Arts Center, to better represent the expansion of its programming into all of Bucks County.

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