A B O U T U S
Young Artist Performances was founded by
Judy and Joe Gimbel of Hilton Head, South Carolina. The Gimbels avocation for the past 25 years has been to foster a love and appreciation of classical music in young people
In 1991 the Gimbels founded the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County (suburban Philadelphia). Joe served as Board Chairman for 15 years, 7 of which he acted as Executive Director, During that time, Judy held the position of Treasurer and organized and managed 4 international tours. Today YOBC consists of 9 ensembles and provides a classical music experience to more than 250 young people each year
Upon moving to Hilton Head, Joe joined the Educational Outreach Committee of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, and was responsible for reviving a local youth concerto competition and then expanding it into one of the largest of its type in the Southeast.
The Gimbels founded Young Artist Performances,
a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, to create unique performance opportunities for young artists preparing for or recently having entered a music conservatory. Young musicians accepted into the program travel to Hilton Head Island and perform at several venues, including a private home. They are provided with meals, housing, local transportation and an honorarium. A young artists might use this opportunity to gain professional performance experience, collaborate with other young artists, or perfect repertoire required in an upcoming audition, competition or jury.