Robust educational programs



Annual Third-grade Education 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

Composers Project with Mark Vance:

This is a comprehensive school-year long course to learn about and enjoy hands-on experience composing your own works and having them performed by professional musicians. In addition, you will meet influential people who may be instrumental in your pursuit of your musical goals and igniting your passion, while attending concerts with a new ear and meeting the musicians – understanding their perspective. An experience of a lifetime!

Sierra Student Showcase:

This recitals program will give youth and adults an opportunity to perform for an audience and develop performance skills. Our Sierra Student Showcase was developed to help support the music teachers throughout our community by giving their students the important performance opportunities they need to improve. It has been enthusiastically supported by students, teachers, parents, and audience members.

Summer Music Mondays Series with NC Library:

InConcert and the Nevada County Library  present a weekly Musical Monday 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 Educational Director Mark Vance.

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.

When possible: High School Master Classes on Monday morning, November 19, 2018 – brass players from Nevada Union experienced a school day workshop experience with the Philadelphia Brass Quintet. As always, the students can attend the Sunday concert free of charge before their master class the following day.  We incorporate this whenever possible.

Please contact us for details.


Adult Education Seminars The adult 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 seminars have featured informative classes on conducting, movie music, and a variety of instruments such as the harp, piano, and reed instruments.












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