FSYO Announces the Resignation of Music Director Andrew Lane

For Immediate Release

FSYO Announces the Resignation of Music Director Andrew Lane

Orlando, FL— The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra Board of Directors announces, after extensive discussions, that it has begun the search for a new Music Director for its 59th season, following the resignation of Andrew Lane (1) in August 2014. Lane, who served the FSYO as Music Director since 1998, started in 1994 as conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra. In 1998, he was promoted to Music Director and conductor of the Symphonic (senior-level) Orchestra – with a two-year leave between the 2005 and 2007 seasons (2). Lane will continue to lead the program through FSYO's 58th season ending in May 2015.

Under Lane's direction, the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra has expanded the breadth of its musical repertoire and tested the skills of its ever-expanding student base. Other notable accomplishments of FSYO, under the musical direction of Maestro Lane, include: an Australian tour in 2008, including a performance at the Sydney Opera House; a performance with celebrity violinist Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Theater; and the addition of the full orchestra, Prelude, creating 3 full orchestras and 1 beginning strings ensemble.

Most recently, Lane helped to complete construction of The Grove at Mead Gardens and endowed the Andrew Lane Scholarship to support the continued education of aspiring students in our community.

The board is deeply grateful to Maestro Lane for his significant contributions and service throughout his notable career with the organization. We believe his passion for music and relentless focus on student engagement have established FSYO as a leader in the Central Florida Arts Community. President of FSYO Board of Directors, Stephen Schenck states:

"Mr. Lane has been the heart and soul of FSYO for nearly two decades. His impact on the community is measured by the thousands of students who have been a part of the FSYO family, and individually in each student who received his lessons of professionalism, striving to perform to your best abilities and hard work towards achievement, that came in each rehearsal. He has always brought joy to these young students."

The board will remain actively engaged with the administration of the organization during this transition and has already taken steps in the new Music Director search. FSYO's daily operations, including its rehearsals and concert commitments will continue as scheduled without interruption.

Andrew Lane believes music is an essential part of a young person's education. Through the principles of "teach, challenge, and encourage," FSYO musicians are inspired to take their talents to new heights that ensure music will always be an important part of their lives. Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra musicians are the future of classical music.

(1) http://www.fsyo.org/index.php/about-us/historic-info

(2) http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2005-04-22/entertainment/0504210495_1_youth-orchestra-symphonic-orchestra-andrew-lane

About: The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra aims to educate and inspire Central Florida's top young musicians through 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 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; The Central Florida 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 our website at fsyo.org and our blog at fsyo.org/index.php/blog.

FSYO Announces 58th Season Opener

2014-15 FSYO Posters 1 Season Opener Resize

For Immediate Release

FSYO Announces 58th Season Opening Concert

ORLANDO, FL – The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra's 58th Season opens with an October 12th concert at the historic Bob Carr Performing Arts Center in Downtown Orlando. After just 6 weeks of rigorous rehearsal, FSYO's 4 orchestras will take the stage to dazzle their audience with their professional quality performance of some of classical music's finest pieces.

The orchestras – Overture Strings, a string training orchestra with performers 7 to 14 years old; Prelude, whose musicians are age 9 to 15; Philharmonia, featuring 11 to 18-year-olds; and Symphonic, a pre-professional group whose members are age 13 to 20 – will present works from composers including Sibelius, Wagner and Shostakovich.

While enjoying the music, audiences will be introduced to a somewhat new FSYO conductor line-up. Mr. Matthew Davis has moved up from Prelude and taken over the role as Philharmonia conductor, with Ms. Sarah Morrison and Maestro Andrew Lane remaining with Overture Strings and Symphonic, respectively. FSYO has also brought Orlando Philharmonic Principal Violist, Dr. Mauricio Cespedes, on board to conduct the Prelude Orchestra. Dr. Cespedes on his debut performance with the FSYO:

"I am honored to be part of such a long standing tradition of the Central Florida community. On the day of this 58th Season Opening Concert, I hope everyone will share my pride in the accomplishments of this great organization."

Audience members can join this exciting event by purchasing tickets, which range from $8 to $16, through the FSYO website (www.fsyo.org). The concert begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, October 12, at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, 401 W. Livingston St. This concert is part of the Season Subscription Package.

ABOUT: The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra aims to educate and inspire Florida's top young musicians through 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 and one string training orchestra made up of more than 250 students from eight Central Florida counties.

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. The FSYO is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For more information, please visit www.fsyo.org.

Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra's 2014-2015 Season Preview

The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra

2014 – 2015 Concert Season

Concert Season Schedule

The 2014 – 2015 Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra Season Opener

Program: The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra's 58th Concert Season opens with this concert at the historic Bob Carr Performing Arts Center in Downtown Orlando. All four FSYO Orchestras will be featured at this concert. A featured solo performer is to be determined. 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 12, 2014

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

Admission: Single concert tickets range from $8.00 to $16.00. Subscription series tickets range from $28.00 to $57.00. All tickets can be purchased through fsyo.org.

The Annual Concerto Competition Finalists' Recital

Program: This adjudicated recital showcases the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra's Annual Concerto Competition finalists, as they compete for the chance to play their concerto accompanied by the FSYO's Symphonic Orchestra. Previous winners have gone on to study at Julliard, Manhattan School of Music, The Boston Conservatory, among other prestigious institutions. Don't miss the opportunity to hear some of the most talented student musicians of Central Florida! As always, academic and music educators receive complimentary admission to this and all FSYO concerts.

Date: Sunday, November 9, 2014

Time/Location: Edgewater High School – 3100 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804 in the Performing Arts Center; 6:30 p.m.

Admission: Admission is free for this occasion. For more information, please call 407.999.7800.

The Rex Brothers Live with the FSYO Symphonic Orchestra

Program: The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra is excited to bring back FSYO Alums Charles and Christopher Rex for this very special performance experience. Charles Rex (New York Philharmonic – Past Associate Concertmaster, Violin) and Christopher Rex (Atlanta Symphony – Principal Cello) will grace Central Florida with their talents as they reconnect with this generation of FSYO students. FSYO's Symphonic Orchestra will accompany the Rex Brothers as they perform the Brahms Double.

Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014

Time/Location: Edgewater High School – 3100 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804 in the Performing Arts Center; 5:00 p.m.

Admission: Tickets are $15.00 for Adults and $10.00 for Students/Seniors. All tickets can be purchased through fsyo.org.

WKMG Local 6 Holiday Concert, in Support of the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Network

Program: The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra is delighted to collaborate with WMKG Local 6, and the City of Orlando to present the 7th annual holiday benefit concert, in support of the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Network. The holiday concert is performed to aid the Salvation Army Red Kettle donations and collect gifts for kids in need-- your generosity can brighten the holiday season for many kids around Central Florida. Hosted by WKMG Local 6, and featuring all four of the FSYO orchestras, this concert will bring your family the sounds of the season, and a visit from a very special ho-ho-holiday guest! As always, academic and music educators receive complimentary admission to this and all FSYO concerts.

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014

Time/Location: Lake Eola Band Shell - 195 North Rosalind Ave, Orlando, FL 32801 in Downtown Orlando; Time: 6:00 p.m.

Admission: Admission is free for this occasion. However, we encourage a gift donation to the Salvation Army. For more information, please call 407.999.7800.

The Celebration Foundation Classical Concert Series, featuring the FSYO Symphonic Orchestra

Program: The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra makes its seventh appearance with the Celebration Foundation Classical Concert Series, showcasing the Symphonic Orchestra, under the direction of Principal Conductor & Music Director, Maestro Andrew Lane.

Date: Sunday, February 8, 2015

Time/Location: Celebration Community Presbyterian Church – 511 Celebration Avenue, Kissimmee, FL 34747; 4:00 pm

Admission: Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased from the Celebration Foundation at the door.

The Celebration of Music Education Concert

Program: Our annual Celebration Concert honors public and private music educators, who strive to enrich the lives of young musicians in Central Florida. The Overture Strings, Prelude, and Philharmonia groups will be featured at this event. 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, February 15, 2015

Time/Location: Edgewater High School – 3100 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804 in the Performing Arts Center; 3:00 pm

Admission: Single concert tickets range from $8.00 to $16.00. Subscription series tickets range from $28.00 to $57.00. All tickets can be purchased through fsyo.org.

The Children Helping Children Concert

Program: The annual Children Helping Children Concert features the pre-professional Symphonic Orchestra in a performance geared to introducing young community members to classical music. FSYO will continue to partner with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. 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, March 15, 2015

Time/Location: Edgewater High School – 3100 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804 in the Performing Arts Center, 3:00 pm

Admission: Single concert tickets range from $8.00 to $16.00. Subscription series tickets range from $28.00 to $57.00. All tickets can be purchased through fsyo.org. Admission can be obtained traditionally by purchasing tickets (visit fsyo.org) or by donating 5-10 canned goods per person to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

The 2014 – 2015 Concert Season Finale Concert

Program: The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra's 58th Concert Season closes with this concert at the historic Bob Carr Performing Arts Center in Downtown Orlando. All four FSYO Orchestras will be featured in this finale. 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, May 10, 2015

Time/Location: Bob Carr Performing Arts Center – 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando, FL 32801; 4:00 pm

Admission: Single concert tickets range from $8.00 to $16.00. Subscription series tickets range from $28.00 to $57.00. All tickets can be purchased through fsyo.org.

Please visit our website for more information about upcoming events, ticket sales or to purchase a Season Subscription Package which offers over a 10% discount on ticket prices.

Reflections of the 2013-2014 Season

Let's take a look back at the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra's 57th Concert Season featuring music from four of this year's concerts! We've had an exciting year and we're excited to start our 58th Season this fall!

The FSYO, Where Florida's Young Musicians Shine!

Behind the Scenes at FSYO: 2014-2015 Photo Shoot

In an effort to capture the essence of FSYO and pay homage to our beautiful city, students and photographer Tina Craig took to the streets of Downtown Orlando for a photo shoot! We feel that these photos truly represent how our students feel about classical music: that it is cool, fun and has been infused into their everyday lives, stretching beyond the FSYO stage. 

Photos will be displayed in FSYO's 2014-2015 season programs, brochures and on concert posters. Here's a behind the scenes look:

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Visit our Flickr page to see the end resutl here