Maybe it’s because we’re the Valenches MUSIC Company, but we enjoy holidays best with a heavy sprinkling of MUSIC! Luckily, we just happen to know where you can get the ultimate music fix to start your holiday season just right…

“A Very NEPA Christmas”

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic is going back to classics this Saturday and Sunday for a weekend of Christmas nostalgia and plenty of NEPA treasures to go with it! Wooden soldiers? Yep! Angelic children’s voices? Got that too! But it’s the NEPA Phil’s newest holiday tradition that has us tickled red and green all over…

Private string students of the Valenches Music Company: violin, viola, cello

Combined private violin, viola & cello students of the Valenches Music Company & Suzuki School for Strings

String Students on Stage with the NEPA Phil!

For the first time last year, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic invited string students of Fritz Valenches, Jule Supplee, and Peter Brubaker — the area’s only local Philharmonic members — to share the stage with the orchestra. Students of the Valenches Music Company (Scranton & Stroudsburg) and the Suzuki School for Strings (Wilkes Barre) joined forces to perform alongside Grammy-Award Winner Mark O’Connor and the NEPA Phil to spectacular reviews.

Valenches Music Company String Students: violin in Scranton & Stroudsburg

Rehearsal this past Sunday with the Valenches Music Company & Suzuki School for Strings

This year, the Philharmonic has invited the combined music studios back to the stage to kick off their newest (and most brilliant — we think) holiday tradition: STRING STUDENTS ON STAGE WITH STRING PROFESSIONALS. OH! YEAH!

“Children’s Christmas March”

This year, the students of the Valenches Music Company and the Suzuki School for Strings will be performing Children’s Christmas March arranged by Merle J. Isaac. The piece is a medley of Christmas classics including Jolly Old St. Nick, O Come Little Children, and Jingle Bells.

Here’s a sneak peek at our rehearsal from this past Sunday:

Valenches Music Co. Virtuoso Violinists in the Lobby

And because you can NEVER have too many Christmas carols (heck, the little Valenches’ play Christmas music from July thru July), “Virtuoso,” our exclusive violin choir, will be filling the lobbies with their signature four-part Christmas carols before each concert.

Here are the details…

WHO: The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic


  • String students of the Valenches Music Company & The Suzuki School for Strings
  • The Choral Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania
  • The Ballet Theatre of Scranton
  • and more!

WHAT: “A Very NEPA Christmas”


  • Saturday, December 7, 2013 @ 7:00 p.m. – F.M. Kirby Center
  • Sunday, December 8, 2013 @ 2:30 p.m. – Scranton Cultural Center


See you there!

Interested in studying the violin? Let’s get started!