Behind the Scenes at FSYO

This year FSYO was honored to utilize Snap! Orlando as a back drop for our annual photo shoot with photographer Tina Craig.

The mission of Snap! Orlando is to boldly increase the visibility and appreciation of the photographic medium as a significant cultural art form. Photography plays a critical role in society as a vehicle for cultural documentation and reflection. Snap! seeks to increase exposure to this highly accessible art form and to broaden the demographic of engaged art enthusiasts within our community.

We feel that Snap! Orlando captures the spirit of community. These photos represent young musicians as they evolve in 2015.

Photos will be displayed in FSYO's 2015-2016 season programs, brochures and on concert posters. Here's a behind the scenes look:

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Support FSYO this Holiday Season

Help support our youth and share the holiday spirit by giving a gift.

This Holiday Season give yourself and your out-of-town friends, family and business associates a special greeting with a fresh, fragrant evergreen gift!

Due to a recent update with the wreath company, we have been able to run our holiday wreath fundraiser through the online portal. Ordering is easy! Just go to, select the holiday gifts that you want, and place the order.

Make sure to use the special FSYO coupon code, FLORIDFL014, to ensure that the FSYO gets credit for the order and get your discount. Additional order forms and brochures will be handed out during rehearsal on October 11th. We will also have a sample on hand at the concert.

FSYO Hosts 59th Season Opener on October 18th, Featuring Rimma Bergeron-Langlois

ORLANDO, FL – On Sunday, October 18th, 2015, the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra will dazzle the public with the first concert of their 59th season at the historic Bob Carr Theater. Featuring all four of FSYO's orchestras and Orlando's own Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, the opener will include works from composers such as Copland, Tchaikovsky and Wagner.

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The orchestras: Overture Strings, the entry level string group, consists of musicians aged 7-14, conducted by Ms. Sarah Morrison; Prelude, the intermediate ensemble, has members aged 9-15, conducted by Dr. Mauricio Cespedes; Philharmonia, the advanced ensemble, features performers of ages 11-18, led by Mr. Michael Simpson; Symphonic, the conservatory-level orchestra, whose performers are ages 13-20, directed by Mr. Matthew Davis.

Guest artist Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Concertmaster, will perform Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No.1 with the Symphonic orchestra. This beautiful but challenging piece is guaranteed to wow the audience. Originally intended to be a concertino, this piece grew into a full three-movement concerto. This concerto was originally criticized for a non-traditional style, but it is the piece's unique qualities that have helped it find its way onto the list of important contemporary concerto pieces.

Central Florida's top young musicians will bring this piece, and many others, to life at 4 p.m. on October 18th at Bob Carr Theater. Tickets can be purchased on the FSYO website ( Ticket prices range from $10 to $20. This is one that you do not want to miss!

Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra Names Interim Music Director

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ORLANDO, FL – The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra has appointed cellist, teacher and conductor, Matthew Davis, as Interim Music Director and Symphonic orchestra Conductor. He takes the role effective immediately with the departure of long time music director Andrew Lane.

Davis has been with FSYO for the last 2 seasons - moving from Prelude, to Philharmonia, and now to the Symphonic orchestra. Since 2006, Davis has held the position of Director of Strings at the Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Lakeland, Florida. In addition to conducting the Harrison Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Davis teaches music theory, music composition, and chamber music.

"I am truly excited to serve as Interim Music Director and Conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra for the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra this upcoming season! The opportunity to collaborate with these fine young musicians to perform music of the highest caliber is an honor and a privilege, a dream come true, and I look forward to bringing my passion and joy for music making to this fine organization."– Matthew Davis

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2015 – 2016 Concert Season

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The 2015 – 2016 Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra Season Opener

Program: The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra's 59th Concert Season opens with this concert at the historic Bob Carr Theater in Downtown Orlando. All four FSYO Orchestras will be featured at this concert. As always, academic and music educators receive complimentary admission to this and all FSYO concerts. This concert is part of the Season Subscription Package.

Date: Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Time/Location: Bob Carr Theater - 401 W Livingston St Orlando, FL 32801, 4:00 p.m.

Admission: Single concert tickets range from $10.00 to $20.00. Subscription series tickets are available. All tickets can be purchased through

58th Season Finale Wrap-Up

Sunday, May 10th, 2015 was a day worthy of remembrance in the FSYO archives, as the orchestra wrapped up its 58th season with stellar performances at the Bob Carr. Selections from Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Rossini, among others, enthralled the audience throughout the afternoon. Symphonic's principal floutist, Jessica Chancey, made her solo debut on stage as she performed Franz Doppler's Pastorale Hongroise with the orchestra. The day was tinged with sadness, however, as it marked FSYO's final concert with Maestro Andy Lane, conductor of the Symphonic orchestra and a long-standing member of the organization. As a farewell to the esteemed conductor, students and alumni presented an emotional thank-you video to Maestro Lane, in which students expressed their thanks and said their good-byes to their teacher, while Symphonic's rendition of Mahler's 5th Symphony played in the background. Additionally, the organization presented Maestro Lane with a memoir in the form of a published photo album, containing memories from his performances, adventures, and good times with FSYO in the past.

In addition to the concert, FSYO hosted a silent auction in which over 90 gift baskets full of goods donated by local businesses were put up for bids. All in all, the organization brought in almost $8000! This year, FSYO farewelled 25 graduating seniors. Check out their senior bios and our silent auction donors below:


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