The Young People’s Philharmonic

Wind Symphony

Who:  The Wind Symphony will be open to traditional band instrumentation, including woodwind, brass and percussion players entering 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade.

When/Where:  Rehearsals will begin in September of 2018.  They will take place on Wednesday nights, from 6:30 to  8:30pm at First Presbyterian Church.

First Presbyterian Church
2344 Center St.
Bethlehem, PA 18017

Each semester will culminate with formal concerts in December and May.  Performances will also be held for community and school audiences.


Tuesday, May 8th & Thursday, May 10th
3:00 – 8:00pm
First Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem

Auditions will take place in May 8th & 10th to determine the skill level of the participants. For the first year, there will be an open enrollment policy, provided all the following requirements are met: 1.) players complete an entrance audition, 2.) have two years of continuous instruction on their instrument and 3.) participate full-time in their school instrumental music programs.

Print, fill out, and return a WS Audition Form to

P.O. Box 1614, Bethlehem, PA 18016


Performing contemporary wind literature as well as works from the traditional American Band era, the Wind Symphony promotes high quality musicianship, excellence in performance and strong leadership skills.   The students receive instruction that will support and supplement their school programs as they work in an encouraging environment to meet the challenges presented by the Wind Symphony’s advanced repertoire.

Instruction:  Students will receive instruction in the full ensemble from Dr. Nancy Beitler, as well as from sectional coaches for their instrument grouping.  Once a month, each section will work closely with a coach to focus on perfecting their part separately from the full ensemble.

For further questions, contact Nancy Beitler at

Nancy Beitler, Music Director

Nancy Beitler recently retired from public school teaching after 32 years of service. Her last position was at Southern Lehigh Middle School, Center Valley, PA where she was responsible for the 7th through 8th grade band, orchestra and general music programs. Her students received instruction and encouragement in the creative products of music making – improvisation and composition – alongside the traditional instructional aspects of performance skills and techniques.

Presently Dr. Beitler supervises music education student teachers for Moravian College.  She continues to mentor young music educators and share her teaching strategies at professional development workshops and seminars.

Dr. Beitler has been the coach for the Young People’s Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet since 2015.

Dr. Beitler received her B.S. and M.M.Ed. from West Chester State University and graduated with her Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University with research interests in improvisation pedagogy and the reflective practices of students and teachers. She has shared her instructional strategies and research at national, regional and state conferences as well as in various professional music publications.

As an invited guest conductor, Dr. Beitler has worked with elementary and middle school musicians at local and Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) sponsored festivals. In 2005 Dr. Beitler was awarded the Citation of Excellence by PMEA District 10 and in 2011 became a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, national music honor society.