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 Nathan Fish.
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, Nathan Fish
Mr. Nathan Fish currently serves as the Music Director at Ida S. Baker High School where he oversees the Band, Orchestra, and Vocal ensembles. While at Ida Baker, Mr. Fish has brought new experiences to all the ensembles, from the Marching Bulldogs first run at FMBC states to the choir’s first ever performance at district 18 Choral Music Performance Assessment. Mr. Fish holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Florida Gulf Coast University where he studied horn with Kirsten Bendixen-Mahoney, current member of the Naples Philharmonic. As a member of the FGCU Wind Orchestra, Mr. Fish performed at major venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. He has also performed along with the Boston Brass in 2015 as part of a triple brass quintet concert given at Bower Chapel in Naples. Mr. Fish is an active performer and private horn instructor in Southwest Florida.
YOUTH ORCHESTRA FORMS AND APPLICATIONS
The next audition date for interested students is on Monday, December 9, 2019 for brass, strings, and double reeds. We will continue to hear interested students throughout the year if there are openings for their particular instrument. To audition, review the information sheet below and register to receive an audition time.
*updated November 2019
Thank You to our Youth Orchestra Chair Sponsors!
Violin Section Sponsor – Anne Wardlow
Viola Section Sponsor – Barbara Coons
Cello Section Sponsor – Jane King
String Coach (Hannah Cho) – Friedrich & Daniela Jaeger (TOTI Media), Michael and Monica Thomas
Percussion Coach (Isaac Hernández ) – Jane King
Woodwind Coach (Angela Massey) – John & Esther Dick
Low String Coach (Susie Kelly) – Carolyn Wilson
Brass Coach (Kristofer Marshall) –
Youth Orchestra Conductor (Nathan Fish) – Jane King, Michael and Monica Thomas
Sinfonietta Conductor (Katrina Rozmus) – Robert Wolf
Please contact the symphony office to sponsor the Youth Orchestra 239-418-0996.