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. Following a master class, FSYOs 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.

2nd Annual Mead Botanical Garden Amphitheater, The Grove - Alumni Concert

Program: Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra will host its 2nd annual Alumni Concert at The Grove at Mead Garden. This annual event honors alumni and their achievements at FSYO. The public is invited to join this celebration for an evening of music and entertainment. An anonymous donor and longtime FSYO supporter designated a gift totaling $250,000 to the FSYO specifically for the construction of a multi-use stage and learning pavilion at Mead Garden. Not only will this enhance the presence of music education programs, but it will also provide a unique performance venue for all arts organizations in Central Florida to experience the full array of senses that come with seeing a performance surrounded by beautiful botanical scenery. Bring your picnic blankets and baskets to enjoy this magical event. As always, academic and music educators receive complimentary admission to this and all FSYO concerts.

Date: Sunday, December 21, 2014

Time/Location: Mead Gardens Amphitheater – 1500 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park, FL 32789; 4:00 pm

Admission: Single concert tickets range from $8.00 to $16.00.

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

Stephen Schenck Accepts Board of Directors Presidency for 2014-2015 Season

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Mr. Stephen Schenck — is an elected Councilman for the City of Oviedo since 2007. He is the president of Spinnaker Technology, Inc., specializing in software and systems including digital imaging acquisition, banking/database, and networking applications and solutions. He is a founding board member for the Galileo School for Gifted Learning, a charter school in Seminole County boasting some of the highest school FCAT scores in the County. He is the Vice President for the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, one of the nation's notable youth orchestras, serving the Central Florida region since 1957. He has been a part of the Adjunct Faculty at Seminole State College, teaching Computer and Information Systems applications from 2000 - 2011. He has previously worked as Director of Information Systems for NASCAR, and in management roles for Premier Cruise Lines and Olympia & York USA. He has two gifted children in the Seminole Public School system. He has been the Vice President of Special Education PTA of Seminole County as well as a member of the Gifted Advisory and Acceleration Committees for Seminole County Public Schools. He is a a founding member of The Oviedo Preservation Project. Mr. Schenck has been married for 21 years and has two children, one in middle school and another in High school. 

Stephen is among the 12 returning FSYO board members. FSYO also welcomed four new board members for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. They are: 

  • Joyce Yang, AVT Simulation, Senior Software Engineer, Parent of FSYO Member
  • Jane Shugart, Occupational Therapist, Parent of FSYO Member
  • John McCann, Raymond James Financial Services Inc., Financial Advisor, FSYO Alumni
  • Edward Thomas, OUC, Manager, Finance and Contracts, Parent of FSYO Member


The Central Florida Foundation Awards Funding to the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Central Florida Foundation Awards Funding to the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra for New Instruments

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Central Florida Foundation recently awarded the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra $7,200 in grant funding to purchase violins for low-income youth and provide resources for associated maintenance.

"We are extremely appreciative of the Central Florida Foundation and their support," said Heide Evans Waldron, FSYO Executive Director. "This grant will allow the FSYO to assist students that may not otherwise have the means or opportunity to participate in music programs."

In addition to purchasing the violins, including bows and cases, the funds will be used to buy Etude violin outfits with shoulder rests and support programmatic needs for instrument care.

This project was funded by the Central Florida Foundation's Community Investment funds.

"Our Community Investment funds are targeted at increasing the capacity of nonprofit organizations," said Michelle Chapin, Vice President of Community Investment. "We are happy to partner with FSYO to support the expansion of its services to low-income youth."

About Central Florida Foundation: The Central Florida Foundation is a public grant-making foundation headquartered in Orlando, Florida, that serves as a trusted philanthropic home for more than 400 charitable funds established by generous individuals, families and corporations. The Foundation manages and invests funds, offers personalized service and expert giving advice, connects donors with charitable organizations that they feel passionate about, and empowers them to make informed decisions that make a difference in the community. The Foundation works with individuals, families, businesses, professional advisors and nonprofits. For more information on the Foundation, please visit www.cffound.org.

About FSYO: 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 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; 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 our website at www.fsyo.org.