FSYO PRESENTS SPRING CLASSICS Ft. Alumna Anjali Shinde

ORLANDO, FL - On Sunday, February 11, Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras will present its first Spring Classics concert. Held at Edgewater High School auditorium, this concert will feature FSYOs Overture Strings, Prelude, and Philharmonia orchestras. The concert aims to encourage audience appreciation for classical music and the profound effect it has on student development.

FSYO Alumna, Anjali Shinde (flute), will be the guest artist at this concert, performing Chaminade's Concertino for Flute and Orchestra. FSYO's Symphonic Orchestra accompanies soloists every season, but this will be a first for the Philharmonia Orchestra.

"I am incredibly honored to be a part of Philharmonia's first programmed concerto! Being a part of the FSYO family has been one of the best parts of my musical career thus far. My experiences with rehearsals and concerts always left me inspired to become the best musician and person that I can be, and I couldn't be more grateful to have been a member."- Anjali Shinde, flute

The concert will begin at 3:00 p.m. at Edgewater High School - 3100 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804. Tickets range from $10 to $15 and can be purchased at www.fsyo.org. As always, teachers receive free admission to this and all FSYO Season Subscription events.

ABOUT ANJALI SHINDE: Florida native Anjali Shinde has just started her freshman year at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville studying flute performance under Shelley Binder. She started playing the flute at 12 and was immediately invested. Since then, she has worked and studied with Jim Walker, Clint Foreman, Amy Porter, Noralee Garcia, and Linda Toote and attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in 2015 and 2016. She was an active member in FSYO for three years, two as principal flutist of Philharmonia and one as the second chair of the Symphonic orchestra, and was an integral part of the Boone High School marching band and wind ensemble.

ABOUT FSYO: Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras exists to encourage children and young adults, through the practice and performance of orchestral music, to become passionate leaders, thinkers, and contributors in their local community and beyond. In its 61st Concert Season, FSYO comprises three full orchestras, one string training orchestra, an advanced chamber ensemble, and a new jazz orchestra made up of more than 250 students from nine 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; Orlando Utilities Commission; The City of Orlando, Mayor's Matching Grant; and United Arts of Central Florida. We thank these groups for their generous support.

Learn more: web: www.fsyo.org | FB: @TheFSYO | Twitter: @FSYO | IG: @F_S_Y_O | Youtube: @fsyo

Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras Now Accepting Applications for 2018-2019 Season

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ORLANDO, FL – The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras is now accepting applications for their upcoming 62nd concert season beginning in August 2018. 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 on to college, many pursuing music at prestigious schools such as the Juilliard 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.

FSYO auditions are for standard orchestral instruments and are held annually for both new and returning members. There are a limited number of positions available in each ensemble, and an audition does not guarantee placement in FSYO. Acceptance and orchestra placement is a competitive, merit-based process in which auditionees must meet requirements for consideration.

Auditions require that students prepare the specific excerpt listed for the orchestra for which they are auditioning, as well as a one-minute solo of their choice and scales and arpeggios as listed. All auditions are approximately 3–5 minutes long except percussion auditions which are approximately 10 minutes. While it is unlikely, please note that audition judges may ask any candidate to sight read. Applications for the 2018-2019 season are due by April 23, 2018. Additional audition information can be found at www.fsyo.org.

About FSYO: Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras exists to encourage children and young adults, through the practice and performance of orchestral music, to become passionate leaders, thinkers, and contributors in their local community and beyond. In its 61st Concert Season, FSYO comprises three full orchestras, one string training orchestra, an advanced chamber ensemble, and a new jazz orchestra made up of more than 250 students from nine 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; Orlando Utilities Commission; The City of Orlando, Mayor's Matching Grant; and United Arts of Central Florida. We thank these groups for their generous support.

Learn more: web: www.fsyo.org | FB: @TheFSYO | Twitter: @FSYO | IG: @F_S_Y_O | Youtube: @fsyo

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts Presents FSYO's Jazz Orchestra

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ORLANDO, FL –On Sunday, February 4, 2018, at 2:00 pm, Blue Bamboo Center of the Arts will present Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras' Jazz Orchestra. This is the Jazz Orchestra's first stand-alone concert since its inauguration this season and will feature music from the books of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Michael Philip Mossman, Chick Webb, and more.

The orchestra is comprised of nineteen (19) talented jazz students from six Central Florida counties. These students are excited to show off their skills and the hard work they have been putting in this season. The students are led by Jeff Rupert, Yamaha Saxophonist, Composer, Arranger, and UCF Jazz Professor.

The concert will be held at the Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through the FSYO website (www.fsyo.org) or at the door. A 20% student or military discount is available at the door with ID.

About Jeff Rupert: Jeff Rupert is Pegasus Professor and Director of Jazz Studies at UCF. He is a saxophonist, composer, record producer, and recording artist. Rupert has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings with artists including Maynard Ferguson, Sam Rivers, Mel Tormé, Diane Schuur and Benny Carter. He played on Carter's Harlem Renaissance which won a Grammy. He played and arranged for the New Jersey-based Blues band The Fins. He has also performed with Kevin Mahogany, Ernestine Anderson, Joe Farnsworth, Ray Drummond, Harry Allen, pianist Benny Green, Kenny Drew Jr, trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman, and pianist and singer Judy Carmichael.

Rupert currently is the leader of The Jazz Professors, a sextet which had top JazzWeek charting hit albums in 2012 and 2013. "The Jazz Professors: Live at the UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival" (Flying Horse, 2011) which and peaked at #19 during its seventeen weeks on the JazzWeek charts. His third album, "From Memphis to Mobile", with Kenny Drew, Jr.

Rupert joined Sam Rivers' band in 1996 and appeared in four recordings with the group. He has performed in hundreds of concerts with Rivers, including performances at Lincoln for Ed Bradley's Jazz from Lincoln Center (broadcast on NPR), the Vision Festival NYC and Columbia University. He has been a member of the Jaguar International Jazz Series alongside Joe LaBarbera, Tom Wharington, Larry Koonse, and John Fedchock.

About FSYO: Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras exists to encourage children and young adults, through the practice and performance of orchestral music, to become passionate leaders, thinkers, and contributors in their local community and beyond. In its 61st Concert Season, FSYO comprises three full orchestras, one string training orchestra, an advanced chamber ensemble, and a new jazz orchestra made up of more than 250 students from nine 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; Orlando Utilities Commission; The City of Orlando, Mayor's Matching Grant; and United Arts of Central Florida. We thank these groups for their generous support.

Learn more: web: www.fsyo.org | FB: @TheFSYO | Twitter: @FSYO | IG: @F_S_Y_O | Youtube: @fsyo

2017 Review

Thank you for everything you did to make 2017 an amazing year for FSYO!

Here are some of the highlights:

  • 16 Central Florida Concerts
  • 33 Small ensemble gigs for community partners
  • 1,318.5 hours donated by volunteers assisting with FSYO rehearsals and concerts
  • Hosted an Opera Ball featuring The Symphonic Orchestra with UCF Opera
  • 12-day European tour which included 3 countries, 8 concerts, and 3 master classes
  • 2nd Place in the Summa Cum Laude Youth International Music Festival
  • Launch of New Jazz Orchestra
  • Performance collaborations with national and international groups, including:
    • UCF Opera
    • FSYO Alumni Ensemble
    • Orlando Ballet School
    • Montverde Academy Choir
    • Central Florida Vocal Arts
    • Opera Orlando
    • New Jersey Youth Symphony
    • Holocaust Memorial Education and Resource Center
    • Camberwell Music Ensemble (Australia)
    • Manila Youth Symphony Orchestra (Philippines)
    • Violonissimo Orchestra (Germany)
    • Little Star Choir Shanghai (China)
    • Shenzhen Experimental School (China)

Take a look back at the first half of FSYO's 2017-2018 season:

FSYO PRESENTS SOUNDS OF THE SEASON

 

23519391 10155939680044314 1767109334151945231 nOn December 3rd, Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras' Symphonic Orchestra, led by Music Director Hanrich Claassen, will help you kick off your holidays with Sounds of the Season. This concert will bring everyone together for an afternoon picnic accompanied by an array of holiday classics and exciting collaborations with local arts organizations, such as the Orlando Ballet School, University of Central Florida Opera, Montverde Academy, and Central Florida Vocal Arts.

The Orlando Ballet School has choreographed dances to perform with our Symphonic Orchestra on movements from The Nutcracker Suite and will join with soloists from UCF Opera to bring to life Evening Prayer and Dream Pantomime from Hansel and Gretel. Young singers from Montverde Academy and Central Florida Vocal Arts will be joining them in the choir on several pieces, including O Holy Night and A Christmas Recessional from A Festival of Carols.

"I can't think of a better way to get in the spirit for the Holidays than with a picnic shared between friends and family in the beautiful Mead Gardens and letting the FSYO Symphonic orchestra entertain you! We are excited to feature the talents of sopranos Alyssa Cassidy and Linsey Duca, mezzo-sopranos Lisamarie Guadalupe and Gayssie Lugo, and baritones Matthew Fackler and Thomas Potter from UCF Opera, backed by a choir from Montverde Academy and Central Florida Vocal Arts. We will once again collaborate with Dierdre Miles Burger and Kim Marsh with their wonderful dancers from Orlando Ballet School and present to you scenes from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker and Humperdick's Hansel and Gretel. I promise - we have all your Holiday Season favorites on the program!" - Hanrich Claassen, Music Director, and Symphonic Orchestra Conductor

We encourage you to come with your blanket and bring a picnic to have with your friends and family. The concert will begin at 3:00 p.m. at The Grove at Mead Botanical Gardens - 1500 S. Denning Dr, Winter Park, FL 32789. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at www.fsyo.org. As always, teachers receive free admission to this and all FSYO Season Subscription events.

ABOUT FSYO: Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras exists to encourage children and young adults, through the practice and performance of orchestral music, to become passionate leaders, thinkers, and contributors in their local community and beyond. In its 61st Concert Season, FSYO comprises three full orchestras, one string training orchestra, an advanced chamber ensemble, and a new jazz orchestra made up of more than 250 students from nine 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; Orlando Utilities Commission; The City of Orlando, Mayor's Matching Grant; and United Arts of Central Florida. We thank these groups for their generous support.

Learn more: web: www.fsyo.org | FB: @TheFSYO | Twitter: @FSYO | IG: @F_S_Y_O | Youtube: @fsyo

ABOUT ORLANDO BALLET SCHOOL: Orlando Ballet School is regarded as one of the finest training academies in the world and is the official school of the Orlando Ballet. The school has been named "Outstanding School" at the New York finals of Youth America Grand Prix three times. With three locations in Central Florida, Orlando Ballet School adheres to the American Ballet Theatre® National Training curriculum and our American Ballet Theatre® certified teachers provide disciplined training for dancers of all ages. For more information, visit http://orlandoballet.org/education-training/school/

ABOUT MONTVERDE ACADEMY MUSIC CONSERVATORY: Montverde Academy Music Conservatory is a school unique in central Florida: a place where talented students advance their music skills, learn from highly trained educators, and have access to first-class facilities. Montverde Academy fosters an environment where students are challenged both academically and artistically, and the days are bursting with possibilities and enrichment. Students are encouraged, involved, and vested in their academic and musical education. They spend every school day under the tutelage of highly skilled professionals. Upon graduation, students are prepared for the rigors of any top-notch college, university, or conservatory of music. Our award-winning program offers majors in piano, strings, voice and musical theatre. Just 20 minutes from downtown Orlando with access to all of the best and most diverse performers and venues the area has to offer, the Montverde Academy Music Conservatory has its fingers on the arts pulse of Central Florida.

ABOUT CENTRAL FLORIDA VOCAL ARTS: An important part of Central Florida Vocal Arts' mission is to train the artists of tomorrow. We have established two initiatives to provide training opportunities for future artists. The first initiative, our Bel Canto Scholarship fund is a year-round opportunity offered to students who show promise in the arts and can establish a financial need. The second initiative, our Summer Institutes, train artists in all aspects of the performing arts including voice, dance, acting, technical production, script writing, set construction, audition preparation and more. For more information, visit http://www.centralfloridavocalarts.com/

ABOUT UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA OPERA: Opera at UCF, under the direction of Thomas Potter, is an integral part of UCF's School of Performing Arts, housed within the College of Arts and Humanities. Its principal goals are to produce quality performances which entertain and educate and to prepare students for professional involvement within the opera genre. Annual performances include an Opera Scenes Concert each fall and a fully staged production each spring. This spring, UCF Opera will be producing two one-act operas, Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and Michael Ching's sequel to that opera, named Buoso's Ghost - with performances in the Dr. Phillips Center for the Arts downtown. For more information, visit http://music.cah.ucf.edu/opera | FB:UCF-Op-Shop | Twitter:@UCFOpera

ABOUT MEAD BOTANICAL GARDEN: Mead Botanical Garden is a 48-acre urban oasis located in the heart of Orange County in beautiful Winter Park. For more information, visit https://www.meadgarden.org/

Behind the Scenes: Jeff Rupert

 G6D9610 1How old were you when you began playing music?

I started playing the alto saxophone when I was ten. I believe I took some piano lessons the year before.

Did you always know you wanted to lead an orchestra? What was your career/education path to get here?

No. I always wanted to play jazz. I did not dream of conducting a jazz band at that time. I knew I always wanted to play music though. When I was 10, I used to turn on recordings of Mozart symphonies and conduct them in the mirror- that was fun. I did not get serious about my musical studies until late in high school. I went to Rutgers, and my roommates were working with Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Machito, (of afro-cuban jazz fame), and Jackie Byard. My classmates had almost as much impact on me as my teachers did.

What is your primary instrument?

The tenor saxophone. I used to do a lot of studio work, playing sax, clarinet, and flute. I've gotten so busy the last twenty years with endeavors performing as a jazz saxophonist that I've had to put aside the flute and clarinet. I play a lot of piano, with regard to orchestrating and working on harmony and melody for improvisation. My mom's side of the family were violinists. I have a Tirolian fiddle that has been in my family since the early 1800's. I play it a little as a reference for composing and arranging for the orchestra, or string ensembles. I also think of a band as my instrument. I've produced about thirty albums now, and enjoy that a lot.

What's the best advice you received when you were a young musician?

To study something I love, but to accept that few people make a living in their field of study. This person went on to say that it was important to get a degree, and if it was in music, that that was OK, too, but to accept that going to school was primarily about "learning how to learn".

What advice would you give FSYO students, or young people thinking of auditioning for FSYO?

The students that do the best are the ones who don't get nervous, and those that are calm are the ones that practiced diligently before an audition. The hardest part for any musician is the individual time practicing. If the arduous time for a musician is the performance or audition itself, that simply reveals that they needed to put more emphasis on constructive individual work in the practice room. Keep that in mind when you are working on your playing. I always say, " plan your work, and work your plan".

If you weren't a conductor, what career would you want to try?

I've been playing music professionally since I was 15 years old; that's 38 years, now. If I didn't do this, I'm not sure what I would have done. I never really thought about doing anything else. I might have pursued designing sailboat hulls, have been involved in some other maritime engineering. My father was a vice president of a multinational corporation. In hindsight, I think I would have had some satisfaction with a career in business had I not pursued music. My dad passed away recently, but he always thought I had good business acumen, and that I worked hard primarily because I was doing things I loved. It's important to remember that even if you are doing what you love, it's still going to be hard! You may as well do something then, that you love.

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