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Youth Orchestra

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Youth Orchestra

The Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra is an auditioned group comprised of some of the finest young musicians in our area. An important educational program of the Southwest Florida Symphony, it provides quality symphonic training and performance experience for young musicians. They are coached by professional Symphony musicians, rehearse weekly, and perform in their own concert series. Advanced students have the opportunity to participate in chamber ensembles that perform in the community. Managed by Angela Massey, there are two orchestras to cover different ages and playing experience. The Youth Orchestra is an advanced full orchestra conducted by Dr. Kyle Szabo.  The Sinfonietta is a strings-only orchestra designed to develop and enhance young string musicians’ technique and musical skill to prepare students for the Youth Orchestra. The Sinfonietta is conducted by Ms. Katrina Rozmus.

Youth Orchestra Manager, Angela Massey

Angela Massey holds a flute/piccolo position with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra in addition to performances with the Sarasota Orchestra and Brevard Orchestra. As an international soloist, she presents over forty recitals each year with invitations from the Tryon Concert Association, Aiken Performing Arts Group, Tuesday’s Music Live, and Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City. She serves as founder and Artistic Director of the Astralis Chamber Ensemble, commissioning and performing new works for mixed instrumentation across the country. Ms. Massey maintains an active teaching studio in Fort Myers, coaches the Southwest Florida Youth Orchestra woodwind quartet, and provides instruction through long distance platforms. She received a certificate in Advanced Flute Studies from Carnegie Mellon University, Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sinfonietta Conductor, Katrina Rozmus

Katrina Rozmus is a violinist/violist who resides in Southwest Florida. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in violin performance mainly under the tutelage of Andres Cardenes, the former concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Ms. Rozmus spent a few years in Mexico as the assistant concertmaster of the Yucatan Symphony and principal second of the Sinaloa Symphony Orchestra. While in Sinaloa, she also taught lessons and music theory at a private middle/high school. After returning to the states, Ms. Rozmus became the strings director/music department head at the Cypress Lake Center for the Arts (2010-2014). In June 2016, Ms. Rozmus led the Saint Augustine Music Festival Chamber Orchestra as concertmaster. Currently she plays as a contracted per service violinist with the Naples Philharmonic, subs with the Sarasota Orchestra, coaches a string quartet of the Southwest Florida Youth Orchestra, and is an instructor for a violin literacy program in Collier County called MusicScores.

Youth Orchestra Conductor, Kyle Szabo

Kyle Szabo currently serves as Director of Orchestral Studies and Head of String Area at the Bower School of Music, Florida Gulf Coast University. At FGCU, he directs the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras and teaches several classes. As a conductor, Szabo has led orchestras in the United States and in Europe. Additionally, he continues to perform as a violinist in recital and as a chamber musician. As an educator, Szabo has presented workshops in conducting as well as string music education for the Florida Music Educators Association and for the American String Teachers Association. Szabo earned a doctorate in conducting at James Madison University, a Master of Music in violin performance from the Peabody Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Rutgers University. He is returning for his second season as conductor of the Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra.

YOUTH ORCHESTRA FORMS AND APPLICATIONS

Registration for the 2019-2020 Youth Orchestra program will open July 15. The online form below needs to be completed before auditioning.

Auditions will be held on Monday, August 26 at Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts from 5:30-8:30 pm.

Youth Orchestra Audition Information 2019-20

Online Registration/Audition Form

2019-2020 Youth Orchestra Schedule

Rehearsals are Mondays from 6-8:30 P.M. with the school calendar at

Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts

Concert Schedule

Sunday, October 6

Fundraiser at Heritage Palms

4:30 YO, 5:00 Sinfonietta, 5:30 Concert

Sunday, November 3

Fall Concert at South Fort Myers High

3:30 YO, 4:00 Sinfonietta, 5:00 Concert

Sunday, December 8

Christmas Concert at CLHS Auditorium

3:30 YO, 4:00 Sinfonietta, 5:00 Concert

Sunday, February 23

Winter Concert at Temple Shalom

3:30 YO, 4:00 Sinfonietta, 5:00 Concert

Sunday, May 31

Final Concert at CLHS Auditorium

3:30 YO, 4:00 Sinfonietta, 5:00 Concert

Concert and rehearsal attendance is mandatory with 3 excused absences permitted. Two tardies for the start of rehearsal or after break count as 1 absence. Students without music or an instrument (including everything required for the instrument to play) will be considered absent. Please notify the Orchestra Manager, Angela Massey, in advance if you will miss rehearsal at amassey@swflso.org

Locations:

  • Heritage Palms—10420 Washingtonia Palm Way, Fort Myers, FL
  • CLHS Auditorium—6750 Panther Ln, Fort Myers, FL
  • Temple Shalom—23190 Utica Ave, Port Charlotte, FL

Youth Symphony Concert Dress:

Boys-Tux Jacket or Black Suit Jacket, White Shirt, Black Pants, Black Bowtie, Black Shoes and Socks. Girls-Long Black Dress, Skirt, or Pants. Black Blouse with Long Sleeves or 34 Sleeves, Black Shoes with Black Hose or Socks. Short sleeves and short skirts above the knee are not permitted.

Sinfonietta Concert Dress:

Boys – White Dress Shirt and Black Pants. Black Bowtie or Long Black Tie. Black Shoes and Socks. Girls – Long Black Skirt or Pants. White Blouse with Long Sleeves or 3/4 Sleeves, Black Shoes with Black Hose or Socks. Short sleeves and short skirts above the knee are not permitted.

Thank You! to our Youth Orchestra Chair Sponsors

Violin Section Sponsor – Anne Wardlow

String Coach (Hannah Cho) – Michael and Monica Thomas
Percussion Coach  (Isaac Hernández ) –
Woodwind Coach (Angela Massey) –
Low String Coach (Susie Kelly) –
Brass Coach (Kristofer Marshall) –

Youth Orchestra Conductor (Dr. Kyle Szabo) – Michael and Monica Thomas

Sinfonietta Conductor (Katrina Rozmus) –

Please contact the symphony office to sponsor the Youth Orchestra 239-418-0996.