THE POCONO YOUTH ORCHESTRA has announced the appointment of Joseph Choi as its new music director. Maestro Choi succeeds the previous Director Anthony Simons, who with his wife Cellist Audrey Simons has retired after 25 years of service to the PYO and the region. This is a significant moment in the musical lives of our students and families, and we look forward to giving you further news about the PYO’s plans to continue and expand its wonderful work.

Joseph Choi currently conducts the Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra in Leesburg, VA and also serves as Orchestra Director with Grace Academy (Hagerstown, MD). With the Owensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra, Mr. Choi led many orchestra tours to Louisville, Indianapolis, and a 10-day east coast tour to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York, and the Washington DC area. Mr. Choi also led a 10-day International Music Tour to Brazil with Highland View Academy “Highlanders” presenting over 20 concerts. His musical activities, including his performances as a tenor soloist, promise to bring excitement and new plans to the PYO.


OUR AUDIENCE MEMBER AND GOOD FRIEND HAL BROMM has invited everyone to hear news about the Ramsayburg Historical Homestead and its cultural activities. The Ramsaysburg Homestead is a historical park with twelve wooded acres along the Delaware River, just south of the Delaware Water Gap and close to Belvidere NJ, are leased by the Township of Knowlton from the State of New Jersey Green Acres program. The public may access the river here for fishing or to launch small watercraft such as canoes or kayaks. The property and the structures on it are the remains of a fifty-acre tract settled in 1795 by Irish immigrants James and Adam Ramsay in what was then New Jersey’s northwestern frontier. Events include concerts and lectures, and at further information is available.



We’ve received word that THE ULYSSES QUARTET has won First Prize in the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfield International String Competition held in Shanghai, China July18-30, 2018. This exceptionally prestigious competition has given equally exceptional recognition to Tina, Rhiannon, Colin and Grace who continue their ascent into the top ranks of their art. Further news follows after we have a chance to talk to them when they return. Meanwhile, please plan to join them when they return to Cohen Hall Saturday Evening October 13, 2018 with Pianist Matthew Graybil for music by Felix Mendelssohn, Bohuslav Martinu and Robert Schumann.