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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.

In 1991, Judy collaborated with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra to establish the Hilton Head Chamber Music Institute, a 10 day summer festival for advanced high school age strings.  She continues as its Executive Director.

Judy and Joe have served on the boards of the Foundation for Music Excellence and Chamber Music Hilton Head.

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