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The BCB Scholarship was established in 2004 by Susan Carlson and Philip Berne, in memory of their son Ben whose passion it was to expose economically disadvantaged children and youth to classical music. 


Ben’s Story: Ben was a serious student of piano. He loved classical music and grew into a young man full of vitality and spontaneity, with a deep sensitivity for beauty. In high school Ben took it as his mission to help ensure that his love of classical music could be shared with underserved youth. He volunteered his time and talents to help connect youth to classical music, to teach music lessons and to locate instruments for students who could not afford them. Ben’s short life ended in 2002 at age 19 in a hiking accident. Ben’s vision has inspired others who also want to spread the love of classical music, making the scholarship a growing success and a living legacy to the inspiration of one youth.

A Memorable Evening of Music:
BCB Annual Recital 2023


22 students from the School for Creative and Performing Arts, Oyler School, and Withrow University High School took the stage to perform as a soloist or as a duet.

Congratulations to BCB flute student of many years, Khephra who graduated in May 2023!




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Student Playing

Student Playing

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OMEA Solo and Ensemble video-Jordan Shaw

OMEA Solo and Ensemble video-Jordan Shaw

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Shawnta and Jessica perform Nocturno Op. 7 by Franz Strauss.

Shawnta and Jessica perform Nocturno Op. 7 by Franz Strauss.

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