FSYO Announces Matthew Davis, Incoming Philharmonia Conductor for 2014-2015 Season

 

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We are thrilled to announce that Matthew Davis will take over for John Dupuis as the Philharmonia Conductor for our upcoming 2014-2015 season. Mr. Davis is the current FSYO Prelude Orchestra Conductor. 

More Information on Mr. Davis: 

Matthew Davis is currently 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 Orchestra, Mr. Davis also teaches music theory, music composition, and chamber music. Under his direction, the Harrison Symphony Orchestra was selected to perform at the 2007 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago and the 2010 Festival des Anches in La Croix Valmer, France. Currently, Mr. Davis is on the faculty of the Florida State University Summer Music Camps, where he co-conducts the Symphony String, Guarneri and Chamber orchestras. An active All-County clinician, Mr. Davis has conducted middle school and high school honors orchestras in Tampa, Fort Myers, and Naples, Florida as well as San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Davis holds a Master of Music Education from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music in cello performance from Indiana University.

Mr. Davis was recently awarded a Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship to travel to the Netherlands to study Baroque cello at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He has also been named Harrison School for the Arts Teacher of the Year for 2011-12. Previously, Mr. Davis served as Director of Orchestras at Denton High School in Denton, Texas, during which time his orchestra was named first runner-up in the Texas Honor Orchestra Competition. In 2004, Mr. Davis was presented with the Marjorie Keller Young Teacher Award by the Texas chapter of the American String Teachers Association.

As a cellist, Mr. Davis has studied with Lubomir Georgiev, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Helga Winold, Nathaniel Rosen, and Richard Aaron and served as the assistant principal cello of the Tallahassee Symphony. He performed on tour with the American Russian Young Artists Orchestra in the United States, Russia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, and in chamber music programs at the Encore School for Strings, the Quartet Program, and the Chautauqua Institute. Mr. Davis is a member of the American String Teachers Association and the Florida Music Educators Association. He currently serves as the All-State Music Committee Chair and District 12 Chair for the Florida Orchestra Association.

FSYO says Farewell to John Dupuis

FSYO101313-0359Today, we announce the departure of one of our long-time conductors and FSYO Alumni. We wish Mr. Dupuis nothing but the best. He has played a large role in growing the Philharmonia Orchestra and his leadership has been invaluable. Mr. Dupuis will finish the remainder of the 2013-2014 season, assist us with auditions for 2014-2015 and return to FSYO in future seasons as a guest conductor.

"I appreciate everything that FSYO has given me, both as a student and as a conductor. I hold this establishment in high regard, and believe it provides an outstanding place for young musicians to develop. I've had 7 great years with FSYO and am very thankful to all who have helped me along the way. As a student in FSYO, I was afforded many musical performance opportunities that I would not have found elsewhere. As a conductor, I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to conduct both the Philharmonia and Symphonic Orchestras, and will always remember these great experiences as I continue my music education career. I would like to thank Andrew Lane, Donna McCue, Heide Waldron, all of my students/parents, and everyone else who has believed in my abilities and trusted me with the great task of teaching our community's musicians. I always have and always will believe that FSYO is one of the best places for Central Florida's musicians to flourish." - Best wishes to all members of the FSYO family, John Dupuis Conductor Philharmonia Orchestra

"John Dupuis talent has brought something very special to FSYO and the Philharmonia Orchestra. John has a clear understanding of how to inspire young musicians. Under his leadership, he developed the orchestra into an ensemble capable of performing major orchestra repertoire. He will be missed but his contribution to FSYO will not be forgotten." - Andrew Lane, FSYO Music Director and Symphonic Orchestra Conductor

"In his tenure with FSYO, John Dupuis has distinguished himself as a student musician, composer, teacher and conductor. We are proud of the role FSYO played in his music education as a high school student, and grateful for his contributions as a member of our staff for the last seven years. We wish him well in this new chapter of his life. John is a valued member of the FSYO family, and we look forward to a continued relationship with him." - Donna McCue, FSYO Board President

FSYO to host 2013-2014 Season Finale

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For Immediate Release

April 15, 2014

The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra Presents its 57th Season Finale Concert

The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra would like to celebrate another outstanding season with a thoughtfully crafted collection of classical music masterpieces. The FSYO's 57th Season Finale will take place on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at the historic Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre in Downtown Orlando. All four of the organization's award winning youth orchestras will be performing and will feature soloist and Concerto Competition finalist, Tyler Pacheco, 17 (viola), performing the 1st Movement of the Walton Viola Concerto. Forty graduating seniors will also be recognized for their unbreakable dedication to FSYO and to furthering their classical music development.

The FSYO strives to recognize our students' talents and give them opportunities to showcase that talent in the best venues. About soloing on stage at the Bob Carr, Tyler says, "I think it is everyone's dream to play as a soloist with an orchestra, there is nothing like it. I have wanted to play with an orchestra since I can remember, and to be given the opportunity on such a grand stage, with the Symphonic Orchestra at the Bob Carr center, it truly feels like a dream come true."

The Viola Concerto by William Walton was the piece that brought Walton to the forefront of British Classical Music. This piece has proven to be technically challenging for even the most accomplished violists, but Tyler feels that "getting the composer's wishes across to the audience is more challenging than any sixteenth note run". We hope that you will join us as Tyler tackles this piece, backed by his peers of FSYO's Symphonic Orchestra.

FSYO will also host a silent auction to take place during the event, featuring items from some of Central Florida's best restaurant, retail and entertainment venues. Proceeds will serve to support and enhance the opportunities FSYO can offer to nurture the talents of young musicians throughout Central Florida.

The concert will begin at 4 p.m. at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W Livingston St, Downtown Orlando on Sunday, May 4, 2014. Tickets range from $8.00 to $16.00 and can be purchased via www.fsyo.org. As usual, all teachers receive free admission to this and all FSYO concerts.

About the Soloist: Award winning violist, Tyler Pacheco, 17, is a senior at Lake Highland Preparatory School. Tyler has played the viola since age 9. This is Tyler's fourth year as a member of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, this year holding the principal violist position.

About FSYO: The FSYO, currently 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; TD Bank; 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.

FSYO to host Stringmania Summer Camp

For Immediate Release

March 6, 2014

FSYO Presents StringMania Summer Camp 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. – With the summer of the 57th concert season fast approaching, The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra is calling young, high spirited musicians to join StringMania! StringMania is an annual, two-week, summer day camp meant to enrich, inspire and educate young string players, ages 7 to 15. Camp enrollment is open to FSYO members and non-FSYO members alike. There are no auditions for this program; however, students are expected to be playing at a Suzuki book level 2 or higher. Students will participate in diverse musical activities designed to challenge and enhance their talents in both orchestral and chamber ensembles. Fun team-building activities such as chamber group coaching, culture based dance exercises, and fiddling and improvisation workshops will also be incorporated. Previous StringMania programs included an introduction to stage crafting and a performance field trip to the downtown Orange County Public Library. There will be a celebratory closing concert to complete the program. To obtain more information and apply, please visit www.fsyo.org. Applications are due no later than June 20, 2014.

Camp Dates: StringMania takes place Monday through Friday for two weeks, starting July 14, 2014 and concluding on July 25, 2014. StringMania will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily for full-days and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for half-days.

Camp Location: StringMania meets daily at the College Park Baptist Church, 1914 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804.

Camp Tuition: Tuition is $400 for the two-week program. Half-day camp programs are available for two weeks for $300. A non-refundable tuition deposit of $100 must accompany this application. Checks made payable to FSYO. The remainder of the total tuition is due on or before the first day of camp. As always, in line with FSYO's commitment to the community, no student will be turned away from this program due to lack of funds; scholarships are available for those who qualify.

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.

Sing-Song, String-Along Wrap-Up

This season marked the start of something wonderful and new for FSYO: the launch of the new beginning violin program, Sing-Song, String-Along. Graciously funded by TD Bank, Sing-Song, String-Along is a music education program focused on nurturing the musical, social, and cognitive development of primary-age children, through the study of the violin in a small-group setting.

For 15 weeks, 12 young, budding musicians and their parents met, learned, laughed and grew as the program's first-ever class. Lessons combined music engagement, ear training, and fine motor skill development as students learned beginning violin. One of the best parts of the program was the student-parent interaction. Students and parents learned to hold the instrument and bow comfortably, correct bow placement and how to recognize and produce a beautiful tone on their instrument. Parents were asked to actively participate in each class in order to continue empowering their little learners at home, which they did, and it proved to play a significant role in the success of the program.

In order to wrap-up the program and show off what they learned, the students of Sing-Song, String-Along presented an open house, on Sunday, February 16th at the College Park Baptist Church. The event was filled with family, friends and a beautiful rendition of "Chicken on a Fence Post". We are so proud of our students and would like to congratulate them on a job well done. We look forward to watching their development and to the future success of the program!