bcbsfPartnership with CONCERT:NOVA

CONCERT:NOVA is honored to join in partnership with the Ben Carlson-Berne Scholarship Fund to provide the highest quality private music lessons for underserved youth in the Cincinnati community who show an interest in classical music and commitment to lessons.

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 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.



We are honored to carry on the work BCB has done providing mentorship through music lessons. It is our goal to continue guiding these young artists to find their own voice through music, on their instruments and through chamber music. The concert:nova program through BCB will implement ensemble playing and performance, teach teamwork through rehearsal techniques and encourage meaningful communication through chamber music. The program will also include Interactive Performances, an engaging performance style that illuminates school curricula through music and art for deeper connection and understanding.


We hope that we can enhance the lives of our youth through music and serve the vision of the Carlson-Berne family. On Ben’s desk was a quote from Herman Miller in Reflections“In the end I think of music as the saving grace for all humanity. As the universal language it transcends the boundaries of nationality, social strata, and political ideology. Whether we are educated or uneducated, rich or poor, whether we speak the same tongue or not, we still possess the ability to communicate our feelings to one another through music. The world would be a terrible place without it, a miserable place.”