Educational Outreach




Educational Concerts:


InConcert Sierra presents educational programs yearly to Nevada County’s youth through visiting concert artists.  The annual springtime educational kids concerts are for third-grade students county-wide.

If you are interested in helping by volunteering or supporting our educational and scholarship programs, please contact the InConcert Sierra office at 530-273-3990 or


Scholarship/grant programs:

Our Music Matters Grant Program is going strong.  Grants of up to $750 may be awarded to Nevada County music students (Nevada County residents), ages 10-22, who submit an application and successfully pass a selection process.

Nevada Joint Union High School District Scholarship   InConcert is proud to be part of the annual NJUHSD Outgoing Seniors Scholarship Program that is masterfully administered by District Scholarship Coordinator Barbara Ross. The scholarships are awarded in June of each season and presented at the NJUHSD scholarship award ceremonies.

Instrument Loan & Grant ProgramICS accepts donations of quality musical instruments that can be loaned or gifted to deserving young musicians. We currently are working on locating new homes for several instruments.

Please contact us for details.

Additional youth programs:

Friendship Club experienceLast season, InConcert provided an opportunity for ten girls from The Friendship Club to attend our March 2017 concert featuring “tenThing,” an ensemble of ten professional and pioneering female brass musicians. This season, we will again bring Friendship Club girls to experience our April 15 concert featuring “WindSync,” a dynamic and inspiring wind ensemble.

Summer Music Mondays Series with NC Library — InConcert and the Nevada County Library will again present a weekly Monday Music Series during the summer (June/July) at the Madelyn Helling Library’s “Marian E. Gallaher, M.D. Amphitheater.” The committee for this project includes: ICS Associate Director Brett Bentley,Youth Artistic Director Ken Hardin, Librarian Lisa Nowain, Music Coordinator Kirsti Powell, and Jackie Wilson, sponsor.

Free or discounted tickets for youths    Thus far this season, 35 youths (ages 17 and under) were introduced to great classical music at our October, November and January concerts. We encourage families and friends to bring children to chamber concerts. InConcert offers up to two free youth tickets for every adult ticket purchased to our Third Sunday Concert series (limits may apply and complimentary youth tickets must be reserved in advance).



Pre-concert Forums — Since 2001, Aileen James, DMA, has facilitated informative pre-concert conversations with our Third Sunday chamber artists, and sometimes our special performances. This has become a favorite part of an InConcert Sierra afternoon.









Adult Education Seminars Our seminars are similar to our house concerts, providing an hour-long in-depth and informative presentation about varied topics relating to classical music followed by great conversation and refreshments.

Past presentations have included:  Ken Hardin on conducting, Peter Sumner, piano technician “All about the piano.”   We’ve enjoyed presentations from Dave Riddles about the bassoon; Richard Altenbach about music scored for movies – and a seminar on string quartets; David Eby about the cello; Murray Campbell about the oboe; and more!


Our Education Committee members are:  Susan Duey (chair), Brett Bentley (staff), Rafael Diaz, Theresa Gollub, Kathy Hillis, Aileen James, Monroe Lovelady, Tory Ouligian, Diane Robertson