2014-2015 Season Opener Wrap-Up

On October 12, 2014, the Overture Strings, Prelude, Philharmonia and Symphonic orchestras of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra presented their season opener concert. Rookie and returning students braved the big theater at the Bob Carr to a crowd of almost 800. We would like to thank all of our members for their hard work so far this season and congratulate them on a fantastic concert.

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This concert also premeired our new FYSO merchandise, which is available for purchase online at https://squareup.com/market/fsyo, as well as at our performances.

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Congratulations to our newest conductor, Dr. Mauricio Cespedes, for a wonderful job in his first concert leading the Prelude orchestra.

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Special thanks to Orange TV for filming our concert and Yum Yum Cupcakes for our delicious reception! We also would like to extend an extra thank you to our sponsors, OUC, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, Darden Restaurant Foundation, Universal Orlando Foundation, The Central Florida Foundation and United Arts of Central Florida.

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Important Dates for Holiday Deliveries:

November 11th : for delivery by Thanksgiving

December 5th : for delivery by Christmas

The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra aims to educate and inspire Central Florida's top young musicians. All programs reflect a commitment to provide young musicians with the opportunity to strengthen their musical talents and develop an appreciation of the arts through classical music.

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2014-2015 Annual FSYO Concerto Competition


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FSYO Performs The Annual Concerto Competition Finalists' Recital on November 9

ORLANDO, FL – On November 9, the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra will hold its 2014-2015 Annual Concerto Competition Finalists showcase recital. Musicians take on the role of soloist, competing to win the privilege of performing their concerto, backed by the FSYO's Symphonic Orchestra, in a regular season concert. The opportunity to work on and present their craft, independently of the ensemble, has proven invaluable to the young artists' growth. When asked for a summary of his experience, one of last year's winners and alumnus Tyler Pacheco commented:

"I think it is everyone's dream to play as a soloist with an orchestra, there is nothing like it."

"The concerto competition has true meaning to me, and has been a part of my transformation as a musician."

Previous season winners have continued on to study at prestigious institutions such as Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, The Boston Conservatory, and many others across the country.

Finalists, in alphabetical order:

Dillon Acey, Clarinet: Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Op 73 - C.M.V. Weber

Jessica Chancey, Flute: Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise, Op 26 - Franz Doppler

Emily Erdman, Violin: Chaconne in G minor - Tomaso Vitali

Vanessa Huber Weber, Violin: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K.218, W.A. Mozart

Hannah Lindvall, Violin: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K.219, W.A. Mozart

Matthew Mignardi, Trumpet: Concerto, Alexander Arutunian

Amber Yang, Piano: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 54, R. Schumann

The recital begins at 6:30 pm, Sunday, November 9, 2014, at Edgewater High School – 3100 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL, in the auditorium. Admission is free!

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 237 students from around Central Florida.

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.

FSYO Announces the Resignation of Music Director Andrew Lane

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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

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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.