Valley Forge Mountain resident Brittany Sterling Young has began playing violin since the age of four, creating and launching a Junior String Ensemble at her elementary school by age 7.
Performance venues and experiences include Phoenixville Senior Center, Parkhouse Nursing Home, The Kimmel Center, Bryn Mawr College, Ithaca College,The Haverford School, Villa Maria Academy, Waldron Mercy Academy, Merion Mercy Academy, Vilar Center for the Arts - Beaver Creek, Colo., and Luzerne Music Center.
With a strong interest in collaboration and service to others, Brittany founded a program uniting young musicians and seniors - known as S.M.I.L.E. - Sharing Music, An Intergenerational Learning Experience. Recognizing the positive impact music has on seniors (particularly those with neurological issues), Brittany engaged fellow young musicians to share their gift of music with seniors living in nursing homes and assisted living centers. The musicians receive community service hours through their schools for volunteering their time and the seniors receive the multitude of health and social benefits through the universal language of music.