Educational Outreach Programs Overview




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

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 Jackie Wilson, sponsor.

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.

NEW FOR THE 2018-19 SEASON: High School Master Class with the Philadelphia Brass on Monday morning, November 19, 2018 – brass players from Nevada Union and Bear River High School will have 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.

Free Tickets to youth available  — at our Third Sunday concerts we provide a limited number of free tickets to youth, ages 5-17, when accompanied by an adult (up to two youths per adult). At premier performances and special events, we offer discounted youth pricing.  This has been a hallmark of ICS since 2001.

Please contact us for details.


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.








Music on Wheels Our newest program takes professional musicians to local assisted living homes for an hour-long performance. As many residents are unable get out and attend live performances, ICS felt it was important to take the music to them. Studies have demonstrated that music enhances the memory of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients – as wells as having a positive effect on mental health, physical health, and social functioning in older adults. (pictured on right above)

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.

Hospitality House ICS is pleased to invite guests of Hospitality House to our concerts when the opportunity arises.  In the past, Hospitality House have attended a special performance with pianist Nikolai Lugansky, the piano four-hands ensemble ZOFO , last season’s pianist Spencer Myer’s piano concert in November, and several Sierra Master Chorale performances. One comment from a HH guest was, “I’m not going to sleep tonight!” Their smiles and sincere appreciation with handshakes, hugs and smiles said it all!










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