Day In The Life - Jessica Chancey

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This month we interviewed Symphonic senior and principal flutist, Jessica Chancey. Jessica is one of our 3 concerto competition winners and will be performing her concerto with the Symphonic Orchestra at our Finale concert on May 10th!

Tell us why you chose your concerto piece?

I chose "Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise" by Franz Doppler because I feel that it's a challenging yet fun piece to play. It starts out very lyrical and almost hypnotic, then the mood changes and it becomes more enthusiastic. "Hongroise" translated means "Hungarian" and I really love the ethnic Hungarian flavor of the piece throughout.

How long have you been in FSYO? What made you want to join?

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This is my 5th season with FSYO. When I joined I was 2nd chair in Prelude. The following year I auditioned for Philharmonia, but ended up in Prelude again, 1st chair this time. I then switched flute teachers and began taking lessons from Colleen Blagov (Principal flute of the Orlando Philharmonic) and after only a few short months studying with Colleen, I auditioned again and jumped from Prelude to Principal 2nd in Symphonic! Initially it 

was my mom's idea that I consider joining FSYO. I really loved playing flute/piccolo in my middle school band and my mom suggested that I might enjoy playing in a youth orchestra also. She was right because I have really loved all five years of being a member of FSYO!

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What is my most memorable FSYO moment?

My most memorable FSYO moment would have to be the day that Symphonic sight read Shostakovich's 10th Symphony, 2nd Movement. It is very difficult and technical and we sounded very, VERY bad. We all laughed at how bad we sounded those first few times... even Mr. Lane cracked up during our early attempts.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I would love to play flute with a professional orchestra. That would be my dream job... "Professional Orchestral Musician." I really love the feeling I get when performing within a group of talented players. Sometimes I even get goosebumps while listening to the music around me as we play. I remember getting some major goosebumps at the end of "Pictures at an Exhibition".

Silent Auction Preview

Check out this sneak preview of some of our items that will be up for bid at this year's silent auction at our 58th Finale Concert on May 10th!

THEME PARK TICKETS

  • 2 tickets to Busch Gardens Tampa! Busch Gardens Tampa Florida theme park will thrill the entire family with Florida's best roller coasters, rides, attractions, shows, animal encounters and dining!
  • 4 one-day park-hopper passes to The Walt Disney World Resort! Come and enjoy the magic of Disney at Disney Worlds 4 exciting parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom.
  • 4 tickets to Seaworld Orlando and Seaworld's Aquatica water park! SeaWorld's Orlando Florida theme park offers roller coasters, rides, shows, tours, attractions & family-friendly activities for thrill seekers and animal lovers.
  • 4 park-hopper tickets to the Universal Studios Orlando Resort! Experience both parks of the Universal Orlando Resort, including the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Be Courageous; Be Outrageous; Be Extraordinary – only at Universal Orlando.

RESTAURANTS

FAMILY FUN

AND SO MUCH MORE!

Don't forget to check back on May 1st for a complete listing with starting bids!

A Day In The Life - Chase Hippler

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This month we interviewed Chase Hippler, one of our Symphonic Orchestra members, and a long-time member of FSYO. 

FSYO: How long have you been in FSYO? What made you want to join?

I have been a member of FSYO for two years. The experience came highly recommended to me by a fellow FSYO member and trombone player, Nicholas Dufresne.

FSYO: What are your plans after you graduate high school?

I will be attending the United States Air Force Academy as a cadet majoring in astronautical engineering. After completing my education, I will serve in the US Air Force.

FSYO: What do you do when you're not rehearsing?

Lake Brantley Open 1600As an International Baccalaureate (IB) student at Winter Park High School much of my time is spent studying. But, also I train as a member of the Winter Park High School Varsity Track team. Most recently I began flight lessons and have earned the nickname "Maverick". My passions are surfing, blacksmithing, and working toward my pilot's license.











Chase - flight lessonFSYO: What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a jet pilot in the USAF.

Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra Now Accepting Applications for 2015-2016 Season

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For Immediate Release

March 4, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra is now accepting applications for their upcoming 59th concert season beginning in August 2015. 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 the Julliard 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 (www.fsyo.org) 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 2015-2016 season are due by April 24, 2015.

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 58th Concert Season, comprises three full orchestras, one string training orchestra and various chamber groups, made up of more than 250 students from nine Central Florida counties, including Orange, Osceola, Lee, Seminole, Brevard, Lake, Highlands, Polk 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; The Central Florida 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 |facebook.com/THEFSYO | @fsyo

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Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra Announces Finalists in Music Director Search

For Immediate Release

ORLANDO, FL - Following an extensive search, the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra is pleased to announce the four finalists in the running for the position of Music Director and Symphonic Orchestra Conductor for the organization. The finalists are Nate Beversluis, Dr. Thomas Taylor Dickey, Christopher Thibdeau, and Dr. Robert Yaklich.

The four finalists were chosen by a search committee, comprised of board members with diverse backgrounds, from a group of over 50 talented and qualified candidates from all over the world. Each finalist will rehearse with FSYOs Symphonic Orchestra. These rehearsals are open to the public and will be held on February 22, 2015 and March 1, 2015 from 3:45-5:00 PM at Edgewater High School – 3100 Edgewater Dr., Orlando, FL 32804.

About the Finalists:

Nate Beversluis: Nate Beversluis is a pianist, conductor and composer/arranger, currently Resident Conductor with Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. He serves as assistant conductor and frequent concerto accompanist to Dmitry Sitkovetsky, as well as Music Director of the flourishing Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra program. He also conducts Greensboro Symphony as a ballet orchestra for local productions. Recent guest conducting engagements include Ohio Southwest Regional Orchestra, CCM Philharmonia, and Orlando Philharmonic. Previously he was Music Director at Elon University, Seaside Music Theatre, University of Central Florida Theater Department, and Associate Artistic Director at Tri-Cities Opera. He holds degrees from Indiana University (Jazz Studies) and the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati (Orchestral Conducting).

Dr. Thomas Taylor Dickey: Reviewed by critics as a "dynamic and exciting conductor" whose conducting is "imbued with aplomb, energy, and pathos," Dr. Thomas Taylor Dickey is the Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and concurrently serves as Conductor of the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra (IA). Previous positions include Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Evansville (IN) and Conductor of the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (IN). Dr. Dickey has also held assistant conductor positions with university and professional orchestras in Illinois, Louisiana, and Georgia. He holds doctoral and master's degrees in orchestral conducting from the University of Georgia and Louisiana State University, respectively, and further studied conducting at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and numerous workshops and master classes.

Christopher Thibdeau: Christopher Thibdeau has a diverse background as both a cellist and a conductor. Recently appointed the Music Director of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestras of Atlanta, Christopher has previously served as the Associate Conductor of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the Brighton Symphony Orchestra, and Conductor of the Atlanta Music Project Orchestras to name a few. Christopher is also the Assistant Conductor of the Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra. He is an active cellist, maintaining a private teaching studio as well as performing with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Thibdeau holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Dr. Richard Yaklich: Dr. Richard E. Yaklich, currently serves as an Associate Professor of Music at Florida Memorial University; Former Conductor of the South Florida Youth Symphony (2002-2013) and the former Director of the Jubilate Chamber Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the Kingsport Symphony and Music Director of the Kingsport Youth Symphony. He has conducted orchestras throughout the United States and Eastern Europe including the Maikop Philharmonic and the Sochi Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his conducting activities, he is an active cellist and composer and has had works performed by the Colorado Symphony and in Romania. Dr. Yaklich received his bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Colorado; his Master's degree in music from Colorado State University and his Doctorate from the University of South Carolina.

FSYO's current music director, Andrew Lane, who served the FSYO as Music Director since 1998 – with a two-year leave between the 2005 and 2007 seasons – will continue to lead the program through FSYO's 58th season ending in May 2015.

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 58th Concert Season, comprises three full orchestras, one string training orchestra and various chamber groups, made up of more than 250 students from nine Central Florida counties, including Orange, Osceola, Lee, Seminole, Brevard, Lake, Highlands, Polk 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; The Central Florida 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 | facebook.com/THEFSYO | @fsyo

A Day In The Life - Abigail Goodin

 This month we interviewed Abigail Goodin, senior, principal violist of our Symphonic Orchestra, and a long-time member of FSYO. Let's see what she had to say!

 

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FSYO: How long have you been in FSYO? What made you want to join?

Abigail: I have been in FSYO for 10 seasons now, beginning when I was in the 3rd grade, the 2006-2007 season. At that time, I was still playing violin, but I switched to viola a year and a half later. Since I began when I was eight years old, I do not remember why I joined, but I do remember my mom and teacher talking to me about the organization. They told me I would learn a lot, and it would be a good experience. They were right and wrong. When they said I would learn a lot, they were correct, but the knowledge I've obtained has surpassed any of their expectations. FSYO hasn't just taught me about music. It has helped me grow as a musician, but more importantly, a person. The life skills I've learned from participating in this organization are far more numerous than I can recall, but I can't forget about all of the friends I've made along the way either. Not only friends who are my age, but musicians who are many years older, and younger, than me. When we come together to bring a piece to life, our differences are thrown aside, and we create something truly magical.

 

FSYO: What are your plans after you graduate high school?

Abigail: After graduation, I would like to attend college to major in Business Management and Finance, with a possible minor, or double major, in music. Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, or Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia are my top two college options, but I am also looking at schools in state, such as Stetson University, University of North Florida, and Florida Southern. Throughout college I wish to continue playing and growing as a musician by taking privately with the viola professor, participating in the symphony orchestra, and taking part in a chamber ensemble.


FSYO: What do you do when you're not rehearsing?

Abigail: When I'm not in rehearsal or practicing my viola, I'm either completing my school work, hanging out with my friends, volunteering, reading, or on the golf course.

FSYO: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Abigail: When I grow up, I want to climb the ladder in the Disney Company to become the President of Walt Disney World. I know this is a huge dream, but I know it is possible. The current president started out as a bus boy in a restaurant on Disney property, and now he is president. That's where I want to go, and that's what I want to reach.

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