About Us

Now in its 61st Concert Season, Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras continues to educate and inspire Central Florida’s top young musicians. The programs that make up the FSYO all reflect a commitment to provide young musicians with the opportunity to strengthen their musical talents and develop an appreciation of the arts through music, while also developing the strong leadership skills, dedication, discipline, accountability, and self-awareness that will lead them confidently into their future endeavors. The six FSYO orchestras and two supplementary programs are carefully structured so that students can grow with the FSYO throughout their primary and secondary years. The full range of ensembles gives every student a place to excel with peers at a similar level, and all an opportunity to collaborate with and learn from seasoned music professionals, on the local and national level.

  • The Overture Strings Orchestra, conducted by Mrs. Raine Allen, introduces advancing string players to the orchestra experience, encouraging responsibility and practice along the way, and helping instill a love for orchestral play.
  • The Prelude Orchestra, under the direction of Mrs. Sarah Morrison, is an intermediate level orchestra where students regularly rotate seating positions - encouraging exploration, leadership, and musicality while playing as part of a whole.
  • The Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Mr. Matthew Davis is an advanced, full orchestra where students play standard classic literature and perform in a number of concert experiences.
  • The Symphonic Orchestra, under Music Director Hanrich Claassen, is a pre-professional, conservatory level orchestra in which students are challenged with exceptionally difficult literature, and perform at a number of extra concerts and engagements throughout the year.
  • FSYO's Chamber Music program, under the direction of Dr. Mauricio Cespedes, is a selective program open to students participating in FSYO's Symphonic Orchestra who are interested in training in the art of small ensemble playing and professional small ensemble performance.
  • FSYO's new Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Jeff Rupert, is a 17-20 piece ensemble that focuses on the study of big band jazz music. Students learn the theory behind jazz composition and improvisation and have the opportunity to do sectional work with some of the area's top jazz musicians.
  • Stringmania is a two-week musically enriching summer program for any string players age 7-15 (not just current FSYO students) who are playing at a Suzuki Book 2 level or higher. 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. The camp concludes with a showcase performance open to the community.
  • Sing-Song, String-Along (SSSA) is a free program nurturing the musical, social, and cognitive development of children, ages 5 to 8 years, from low-income families through the study of the violin. The program is grounded in the tenets of the Suzuki Method, which views playing an instrument as the means to many other goals and believes what is learned through music will benefit children in whatever career they choose.

Membership in Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras' six core orchestra programs is by invitation only, following competitive entrance auditions. Ensuring equality and the opportunity for growth, membership renewal is not automatically guaranteed, as all members must re-audition each year.

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Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras is supported in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and United Arts of Central Florida, host of power2give.org/centralflorida and the collaborative Campaign for the Arts.

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