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


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


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

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