The Southwest Florida Symphony Organization is committed to supporting and encouraging Arts Education in Lee County. The Symphony’s commitment to education is evident through its educational programs which it dedicates nearly $100,000 to annually.
The Symphony is dedicated to providing the very best in educational opportunities for our audience of the future. Youth education programs foster young musicians’ skills and strengthen their appreciation for the symphonic music. Programs are extended to children in Lee, Hendry, Glades and Charlotte counties. For additional information on any educational programs, please call the Symphony Offices at (239) 418-0996.
YOUTH ORCHESTRA PROGRAMS
The Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra Program is an important educational program of the Southwest Florida Symphony. The YO Program is open to all students of Southwest Florida age 22 and under. Students are auditioned and placed into one of three large ensembles: the Youth Symphony, the Concert Orchestra and the Sinfonietta. In addition to the large ensembles the YO Program offers five chamber ensembles to students. Students are coached by professional Symphony musicians, rehearse weekly and perform in their own concert series.
MAJORS FOR MINORS
Majors for Minors is an exciting way for educators to bring live music to their classrooms and school through an up close and personal interaction with our professional musicians. These hour-long programs can be linked to support any grade music curriculum and align with many of the Florida Department of Education Music Standards. The scope of the program can be customized to each school and may include a single musician to a small chamber orchestra.
Call the Education Director 239-418-0996 for the most up-to-date information on this program.
YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONCERTS
The Young People’s Concerts are given to fifth grade public, private, charter and home school students of Lee County as an integral part of the Symphony’s education outreach. The concerts are supplemented with a curriculum given to the fifth grade music teachers as preparatory instruction. In 2016 the Southwest Florida Symphony presented the program “Bach to the Future” for 2,300 students and in 2017 the program was Peter and the Wolf, both times under the direction of Dr. David Cole.
For many students, this is the first time they will hear live orchestral music.
We offer this concert free to fifth graders each year and would be happy to accept your sponsorship of the event.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND COMPETITIONS
There are four scholarships or competitions run by the Symphony Society: the Jillian Prescott Music Awards, the Van Sickle Vocal Scholarship Competition, the Symphony Society Scholarships and the John Hudson Scholarship.