Youth Orchestra

Youth Orchestra Program

Next season’s concert program TBA

Youth Symphony

Dr. Kyle Szabo, Conductor

The Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Symphony 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. The Youth Symphony is a full advanced orchestra conducted by Dr. Kyle Szabo.

Concert Orchestra

Roland Forti, conductor

The Concert Orchestra is a second full orchestra with woodwind, brass, percussion and string players who will benefit from this experience to prepare them for the advanced literature performed by the Youth Symphony. The Concert Orchestra also rehearses weekly, is coached by Symphony musicians, and performs throughout the year. The group is conducted by Mr. Roland Forti.


Kayla Lisa, conductor

The Sinfonietta is a strings-only Orchestra designed to develop and enhance young string musicians’ technique and musical skill. They rehearse weekly and perform throughout the season. The Sinfonietta is conducted by Ms. Kayla Lisa.


Registration for the 2018-2019 Youth Orchestra program is now open.
Audition Requirements 18-19

Please complete the online form by clicking below:
Online Registration/Audition Form

  • All interested musicians are required to register including current members of the Youth Orchestra program.
  • A $20 audition fee must be paid at the time of audition (cash, check or credit card).
  • Sign up for Audition times will begin Monday, August 6th
  • Auditions will be held at Cypress Lake H.S. starting on Monday, August 27 through Thursday, August 30 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Check the SWFLSO website for further details starting August 1st.

Audition Excerpts 2018-19 (available July 2)

The Symphony Society offers several scholarship opportunities. Click below for more information:

John Hudson Scholarship
John Hudson Scholarship Application Form
Jillian Prescott Music Competition
Symphony Society Scholarship
Van Sickle Vocal Scholarship Competition

Youth Orchestra Sponsorships for conductors and coaches are available for the 2018-19 Season.

Please contact the symphony office to sponsor a conductor or coach

Youth Symphony Conductor (Dr. Kyle Szabo) — John and Esther Dick
Concert Orchestra Conductor (Roland Forti) —
Sinfonietta Conductor (Kayla Lisa) —

String Coaches (Katrina Rozmus and Reiko Niiya) — Stacey Gossmann
Percussion Coach (open) – Jane King
Woodwind Coach (Bill Larsen) —
Low String Coach (Susie Kelly) —
Brass Coach (Tom Kracmer) —

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Youth Symphony Chair Sponsorships are available for the 2018-19 season.

Concertmaster – 
Asst. Concertmaster – 
Violin Section – 
Principal 2nd Violin – 
Principal Viola – 
Viola Section – 
Principal Cello – 
2nd Violin Section – 
Cello Section – 
Bass Section – 
Principal Flute – 
Flute Section – 
Principal Oboe – 
Oboe Section – 
Principal Clarinet – 
Clarinet Section – 
Bass Clarinet – 
Principal Bassoon – 
Principal Trumpet – 
Principal Horn – 
Horn Section – 
Trumpet Section – 
Low Brass – 
Percussion Section – 
Additional Youth Orchestra Musician sponsors –