For Immediate Release
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
The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra
2015 – 2016 Concert Season
Concert Season Schedule
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 fsyo.org.
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: