Youth Orchestra

Youth Orchestra Program



Youth Symphony

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. David Cole.


Concert Orchestra

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.



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. It is conducted by Ms Kayla Lisa.

The following individuals have sponsored Youth Orchestra conductors and coaches for the 2017-18 Season.

Please contact the symphony office to sponsor a conductor or coach

Youth Symphony Conductor, Dr. David Cole-Steve and Charlotte Qua
Concert Orchestra Conductor, Roland Forti-John Dick and Don King
Sinfonietta Conductor, Kayla Lisa

String Coaches, Katrina Rozmus  – Sharyl Leifeld/Stacey Gossman; Reiko Niiya – (available)
Percussion Coach, Todd Betz – Don and Jane King
Woodwind Coach, Bill Larsen – John Dick
Low String Coach, Susie Kelly – Beverly Taht
Brass Coach, Tom Kracmer – (available)
Percussion Coach-Todd Betz-Don and Jane King

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Thank you to our Youth Symphony Chair Sponsors

Concertmaster – Liz Marnul
Asst. Concertmaster – Lorie Carlsen
Violin Section – Rob Brosey
Principal 2nd Violin – J.I. May
Principal Viola – J.I. May
Viola Section – Nuel Celebrado
Principal Cello – Joan Wendel
2nd Violin Section – Rob Brosey
Cello Section – Stephen and Charlotte Qua
Bass Section – Shobe & Nezam Juman
Principal Flute – Robert Lancaster
Flute Section – James McKinley
Principal Oboe – Kelly Constance
Oboe Section – Melodie Betters, Kelly Constance, Martha Kain
Principal Clarinet – Omah Duggan
Clarinet Section – Omah Duggan, Robert Lancaster
Bass Clarinet – Robert Lancaster
Principal Bassoon – Martha Kain
Principal Trumpet – Patty Sullivan
Principal Horn – Gary Aubuchon
Horn Section – Joan  & Donald Calder
Trumpet Section – Patty Sullivan
Low Brass – Tom Kracmer
Percussion Section – Carol Edmier, Joseph & Lois Guzzo
Additional Youth Orchestra Musician sponsors-Carolyn Wilson, Don & Joan Calder, Mary Jacobs

Audition Requirements 17-18
Audition Form

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

Seating Audition Excerpts 2017-18