An FSYO Sneak Peak

The Symphonic Orchestra in Rehearsal for the 56th Season Opening Concert

"I chose the Capriccio Espagnol for the Opening Concert because it's really a showcase piece for the Orchestra," says FSYO Symphonic Orchestra Conductor and Music Director, Maestro Andrew Lane. "We have so many great players in the Symphonic Orchestra; it gives each individual section a chance to shine, and a chance for FSYO to show off the individual talents of each member."


Continuing, Maestro Lane commented that, "It's a very difficult piece, a very flashy piece, but an incredible way to start the season!

Join Maestro Lane and all four FSYO Orchestras for the 56th Season Opening Concert on Sunday, October 14, 4 pm, Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. Learn more about this concert, and the rest of the FSYO 56th Concert Season here.

2012 - 2013 Marketing Campaign Images

Talented and photogenic? How'd we get so lucky?

This past July, FSYO students were given the opportunity to star in our 2012 - 2013 marketing campaign. Check out the images, all by Tina Holmes, that will be used in our print campaigns for the 2012 - 2013 Concert Season.

Tina made our students feel like super stars! Check out Anna and Ben on set:

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The final photos, ready for print:

Stay tuned for the print campaigns - to be debuted soon!

Mead Botanical Garden and Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra announce open air performance venue

Winter Park's Mead Botanical Garden will soon be home to one of the region's most unique multi-purpose public performance venues. The "Grove at Mead Botanical Garden," an open air pavilion designed for musical performance, theatrical productions, film viewings and educational programming, will be located in the heart of the 47-acre public garden in Winter Park. It will serve the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra (FSYO) as its preferred site for outdoor concerts.

A groundbreaking ceremony for Phase I of the project will be held on Monday, August 27, 8:30 a.m. by City of Winter Park, Mead Botanical Garden, Inc. and the FSYO, who are partnering on the project. On December 9, FSYO plans to hold its inaugural performance at The Grove. The program will feature all four FSYO Orchestras.

"The Grove will add to the rich social, cultural and economic life in Winter Park and the region," said Winter Park Mayor Ken Bradley when the project was first announced. "The venue is part of the garden's revival thanks to the commitment of the City and its partner, Mead Botanical Garden."

Stringmania! 2012: That's a Wrap!

Stringmania! is a two-week long musically enriching program for young, advancing string players. Participants are provided with a challenging and fun musical experience that includes: orchestra & chamber ensemble experiences, chamber group coaching, private lessons, instruction in fiddling and improvisation and more.

Jessica Talbott, former FSYO Overture Strings conductor, serves as Artistic Director, and leads the camp with assistance from Jeancarlo Gonzalez. Stringmania coaching is provided by string players from FSYO's Symphonic Orchestra; connecting younger Stringmania students in learning with older FSYO students in teaching gives all students a chance to explore new friendships and skills.

The 2012 Stringmania! summer camp brought together new and returning campers for 2 weeks of fun. Check out pictures from camp below.

Click here for more information on Stringmania!.

FSYO Welcomes New Overture Strings Conductor

Sarah Morrison is currently director of the orchestra program at Rochelle School of the Arts in Lakeland, where she teaches second through eighth grade strings, including beginning second and third grade Suzuki Violin, the Amati and Stradivari Orchestras, and the Swinging Strings alternative styles ensemble. Ms. Morrison earned her Master of Music Education and Master of Music in Violin Performance from Florida State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Humanities from Rollins College in Winter Park. Ms. Morrison has also completed her Suzuki Violin Book One Teacher Training at the Atlanta Suzuki Institute. Prior to teaching in Florida, Ms. Morrison directed the orchestras at Crownover Middle School in Denton, Texas, from 2002 to 2006, and served as elementary string specialist in the public schools of Salem, Oregon.

Donna McCue Accepts Board of Directors Presidency for 2012 - 2013

Donna McCue, the mother of three Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra alumni, will serve as president of the organization’s board of directors for the 2012-2013 concert season. Since her children graduated from FSYO in 2002, she has worked as Senior Chemist for Orlando Utilities Commission, monitoring drinking water quality and the environmental waters of the Stanton Energy Center.

 “We are very proud of our history, our alumni and of the young musicians who make up the FSYO,” Donna said in accepting her office. “Their talent and discipline inspire us as parents, staff and directors to work hard to ensure that they continue to receive the quality education and performance opportunities that FSYO is known for.” She credited the organization’s 20 Community Partners, plus foundations and individual donors, for delivering affordable programs and scholarship funds. “Your attendance at our concerts helps us with that mission,” she added.

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