Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra to Honor Local Educators

Lisa Hopko resizeOn Sunday, February 28, the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra will present its annual Celebration of Music Education concert, paying tribute to the incredible music education programs in Central Florida. Held at the Edgewater High School auditorium, the concert will feature the FSYO Overture Strings, Prelude, and Philharmonia orchestras, and intends to recognize the invaluable contributions of music teachers to the lives of students. The concert will also raise awareness of the profound effect of music education on students' development.

The FSYO will also be honoring Lisa Hopko at this performance. Ms. Hopko is a veteran music teacher in Central Florida, with eighteen years at Maitland Middle School teaching orchestra, chamber music, and guitar classes at a multitude of skill levels. A violist and Florida native, she graduated from Manatee High School, and continued at the University of Central Florida where she earned her Bachelor's in Music Education. Ms. Hopko is a regular face at Florida Music Educators Association/Florida Orchestra Association events and at Music Performance Assessment performances across the state.

"Students who seek the highest level of musical achievement should be heartily involved in their school program, have private instruction, be inspired in the art of practice, and be a part of a quality youth orchestra. The FSYO has consistently provided that experience and is a cornerstone of music education in the Central Florida community. "- Lisa Hopko

FSYO recognizes music educators and the life changing work they do every day. Their devotion imparts an invaluable experience in the lives of their students and enhances the level at which organizations, like the FSYO, can perform. By acknowledging and celebrating the key role music education plays in the lives of youth, the audience can experience and appreciate the merits of the players and the educators that have inspired them.

The concert will begin at 4:00 PM. Tickets range from $8 to $16, and can be purchased at www.fsyo.org. This concert is part of the Season Subscription Package. The address for Edgewater High School is 3100 Edgewater Dr. Orlando FL, 32804. As always, teachers receive free admission to this and all FSYO events.

Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra Now Taking Audition Applications for 60th Season

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The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra is now accepting applications for their upcoming 60th concert season beginning in August 2016. FSYO is calling for young, high spirited Central Florida musicians to embark on a journey of musical education, inspiration and development.

FSYO is distinguished as one of the nation's top youth orchestras. Their focus on providing students with a complete educational experience during rehearsals and in a variety of live performance opportunities throughout the year contributes to the students' and program's success. A majority of their alumni have continued onto college, many pursuing music at prestigious schools such as Juilliard School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, New England Conservatory, among others.

FSYO auditions are for standard orchestral instruments and will be held for both new and returning members. Membership is available for all four of FSYO's award winning orchestras. Please take into consideration that each ensemble has a limited number of spots and an audition does not guarantee placement in FSYO. Acceptance and placement is completely merit-based, and those who audition are subjected to meet specific criteria to be considered.

Auditions require that participants prepare a specific excerpt posted on the FSYO website here for the orchestra for which they are auditioning, as well as a one-minute solo of their choice and scales as listed. Applications for the 2016-2017 season are due by Friday April 22, 2016.

ABOUT: The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra aims to educate and inspire Florida's top young musicians through programs committed to strengthening musical talents and developing appreciation of the arts through classical music. The FSYO, in its 59th Concert Season, comprises three full orchestras and one string training orchestra made up of more than 250 students from eight Central Florida counties.

Programs are sponsored in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs; the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; Darden Restaurant Foundation; Universal Orlando Foundation and United Arts of Central Florida. The FSYO is a non-profit 501(c) (3) charitable organization. For more information, please visit www.fsyo.org | facebook.com/THEFSYO | @fsyo (twitter) | @f_s_y_o (instagram) | youtube.com/fsyo

FSYO Closes the 2015-2016 Season

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Wrapping up its 59th season, the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra will celebrate another year of musical excellence with its finale concert at the Bob Carr Theater on Sunday, May 1st 2016. All four orchestras in the organization will be featured, as they perform works from such composers such as Dvorak, Stravinsky and Kalinnikov. In addition, John Horzen will perform his concerto by composer Aram Khachaturian with the Symphonic orchestra. Over 35 graduating seniors will be recognized at the concert as they leave the orchestra to reach newer heights as musicians and individuals. The orchestra will be hosting a silent auction during the event, consisting of gift baskets full of items donated by businesses in the local community. The concert will begin at 4:00 PM. Tickets are available through the FSYO website (www.fsyo.org), and range from $8 to $20. As usual, teachers receive free admission to this and all FSYO events!

John Horzen ResizeABOUT: John Horzen is a senior in the Cypress Creek High School International Baccalaureate Program. Balancing academics with his music, he has been concertmaster of the CCHS orchestra for four years. He was also concertmaster of the award-winning pit orchestra for the CCHS productions of Miss Saigon and Beauty and the Beast. John has been an Orange County All-County participant for six years and and a Florida All-State performer for five. Now in his tenth season with FSYO, he is the associate concertmaster of the Symphonic Orchestra. John has spent five fantastic years studying violin with Dr. Lev Gurevich. He started playing violin with Susan Gray McCoy at the age of four.

At the Brevard Summer Music Festival, John has twice been associate concertmaster under conductors Keith Lockhart (Boston Pops) and Ken Lam (Charleston Symphony). While at Brevard, John studied violin with Atlanta Symphony second violinist (and FSYO alumnus) Jay Christy, and Professor Carolyn Huebl (Vanderbilt University). For two years running, John's string quartet represented the Brevard high school program for the Shanghai Quartet master class. This past summer, John was one of only two high school students selected to perform for the college master class with Noah Bendix-Balgley, First Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic.

In October, John participated in the National Honors Ensemble Orchestra in Nashville, Tennessee. He served as third chair, second violin for the ensemble's final performance at the Grand Ole Opry under the baton of Maestro Jung Ho. John is proud to have twice been a finalist for the Bach Festival Young Artist Competition and a first prize winner for concerto in Florida regional competition. He is a two-time winner of the FSYO Concerto Competition. John will be attending Vanderbilt University in the fall, planning to double-major in Violin Performance and Computer Science.

ABOUT: The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra aims to educate and inspire Florida’s top young musicians through programs committed to strengthening musical talents and developing appreciation of the arts through classical music. The FSYO, in its 59th Concert Season, comprises three full orchestras and one string training orchestra made up of more than 250 students from eight Central Florida counties.

Programs are sponsored in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs; the Florida Council on Arts and Culture;and United Arts of Central Florida. The FSYO is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For more information, please visit www.fsyo.org | facebook.com/THEFSYO |@fsyo (twitter) | @f_s_y_o (instagram) | youtube.com/fsyo

59th Season Finale Wrap-Up

The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra wrapped up it's 59th season this past Sunday, May 1, at the Bob Carr Theatre. All four of our orchestras were showcased, performing works by Dvorak, Holst, and Kalinnikov, as well as a violin concerto by Khachaturian performed by one of our Concerto Competition winners, John Horzen. With over 850 parents, educators, family members and friends attending, the hall was packed! 33 Seniors were recognized in a graduation ceremony for the exemplary work they have done as musicians and individuals. They are now moving on to spread their wings and talents in the musical world. Congratulations seniors! Hanrich Claassen performed his first concert with the FSYO, conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra. The orchestra also held a silent auction on Sunday, raising over $9,000 for the FSYO! The items and baskets in the auction were donated by businesses within the Central Florida community. With the 60th season fast approaching, we are making all sorts of preparations. The FSYO is happy to announce that we are taking a group of musicians on an international tour! Details about location and cost will be released in the coming months.

FSYO is hosting it's Stringmania! Summer camp July 18-30. This is a string summer camp for students ages 7-15 playing at Suzuki book level 2 or higher. There is a showcase concert that concludes the camp where the students perform all of the music they have learned over the two week camp. A normal day at Stringmania! Includes group and chamber rehearsals, group games, and coaching from some of our Symphonic Orchestra members. Registration is available on our website.

ABOUT: The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra aims to educate and inspire Florida's top young musicians through programs committed to strengthening musical talents and developing appreciation of the arts through classical music. The FSYO, in its 59th Concert Season, comprises three full orchestras and one string training orchestra made up of more than 250 students from eight Central Florida counties.

Programs are sponsored in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs; the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; and United Arts of Central Florida. The FSYO is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For more information, please visit www.fsyo.org | facebook.com/THEFSYO |@fsyo (twitter) | @f_s_y_o (instagram) | youtube.com/fsyo

Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra Honors Music Educators

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For Immediate Release

February 12, 2014

FSYO to Host Their Annual Music Education Celebration Concert

ORLANDO, Fla. – On February 23, 2014, the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra will present their annual Celebration of Music Education Concert. This special concert event will feature performances from three of the organization's orchestras and will honor music educators throughout the Central Florida area for their passion and dedication to fostering a love for music in students.

As numerous studies indicate, music enhances the process of learning. Proven developmental benefits of music education include higher IQs, improved test scores, and increased language development, transcending the traditional ideas of just being 'musical.' According to Laura Lewis Brown, writer for the Public Broadcasting Service, "learning the do-re-mis can help children excel in ways beyond the basic ABCs."

FSYO would like to recognize music educators for the life changing work they do every day. Their devotion imparts an invaluable experience in the lives of their students and enhances the level at which organizations, like FSYO, can perform. By acknowledging and celebrating the key role music education plays in the lives of youths, the audience can experience and appreciate the merits of the players and the educators that have inspired them.

The Celebration of Music Education Concert will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at the College Park Baptist Church, 1914 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804. Open to the public, ticket prices range from $8 to $16 and can be purchased through the FSYO website (www.fsyo.org). This concert is part of the Season Subscription Package. As always, teachers receive free admission to this and all FSYO concerts.

About FSYO: The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra aims to educate and inspire Central Florida's top young musicians via programs committed to strengthening musical talents and developing appreciation of the arts through classical music. The FSYO, in its 57th Concert Season, comprises three full orchestras, one string training orchestra and various chamber groups, made up of more than 250 students from eight Central Florida counties, including Orange, Osceola, Lee, Seminole, Brevard, Lake, Highlands and Volusia. Programs are sponsored in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs; the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; Darden Restaurant Foundation; Universal Orlando Foundation; and United Arts of Central Florida. We thank these groups for their generous support. The FSYO is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For more information, please visit www.fsyo.org.

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