Youth Orchestra
& Sinfonietta

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 conducted and coached by professional Symphony musicians, rehearse weekly, and perform three to four concerts per year. Advanced students may also have the opportunity to participate in chamber ensembles that perform in the community. There are two orchestras to cover different ages and playing experience. The Youth Orchestra is an advanced full orchestra conducted by Mr. Nathan Fish.

The Sinfonietta is an intermediate string 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 FORMS AND APPLICATIONS

AUDITIONS

August 16 & August 23, 2021

registration deadline extended to Sunday, august 15

and

January 17, 2022

Click for AUDITION DETAILS

Click to fill out our AUDITION REGISTRATION FORM

Click to PAY $25 AUDITION FEE

Click to fill out our TUITION ASSISTANCE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Click to download our SEASON REHEARSAL & CONCERT CALENDAR

Click to view our BELL TOWER REHEARSAL LOCATION MAP

Click to fill out our JOHN HUDSON SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION (Graduating Seniors only!)

For more updates, follow us on FACEBOOK.

Katrina Rozmus,

Sinfonietta Conductor

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 area instructor for violin and viola held in high regard.

Roland forti,

Youth Orchestra Conductor

Roland Forti earned his bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Music Performance from the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University. While at FGCU, he studied with Judy Evans and Patrick Neal, taught Pre-kindergarten violin instruction with MusicScores! in underserved schools, and was the founder and past president of the FGCU student chapter of ASTA. In 2020, Mr. Forti earned his master’s degree from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. During his time at UNCG, he studied with Dr. Rebecca MacLeod and Margorie Bagley, received a full UNCG Assistantship, taught at Peck and Cone Elementary Schools, and served as director of the Peck Alumni Leadership Program. Mr. Forti is currently the orchestra & chorus director at Oakridge Middle School, conductor of the Naples Summer Music Camp, and the Florida All-State Orchestra Chair.

John Hudson Scholarship

  • The John Hudson Scholarship is awarded annually to a high school senior who participates in the Youth Orchestra Program and plans to attend college.

Summer Orchestra Camp

The Southwest Florida Symphony is pleased to be offering an intensive, two-week summer orchestra camp in mid-July for intermediate and advanced-level string, woodwind, brass, and percussion players. Students will be divided into intermediate and advanced groups, with an opportunity to also join together each day. Our goal is to provide quality symphonic training and performance experience for young musicians in the Lee County area in a fast-paced, fun and safe environment.

The schedule includes two orchestras, four varied rehearsals, daily guest clinicians, masterclasses, and a combined orchestra final concert! Students bring their own bag lunches each day (refrigerator available), or purchase a boxed lunch provided daily from an area restaurant. Cost is $350 per week and limited partial scholarships available (request through application).

Application will be available on our website in the spring. Audition requirements include a conductor or teacher recommendation, one year ensemble experience, and a 3-minute prepared video audition.

Thank You to our Youth Orchestra Chair Sponsors!

Nathan Fish

Youth Orchestra Conductor

Alexandra & Eunice Bremner

Katrina Rozmus

Sinfonietta Conductor

Alexandra & Eunice Bremner

Violin Section Sponsor

Michael & Monica Thomas

 

Viola Section Sponsor

Fort Myers Women’s Community Club

Cello Section Sponsor

Hannah Cho

String Coach

Liz Marnul

Isaac Hernández

Percussion Coach

Liz Marnul

Bill Larsen

Woodwind Coach

Liz Marnul

Nathan Fish

Brass Coach

Liz Marnul

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

Thank You To Our Sponsors

The Mission of the Southwest Florida Symphony is to perform outstanding orchestral music for the enrichment, entertainment and education of the broadest possible public. Fulfilling this mission is only possible through the generosity of our supporters. Visit our CONTRIBUTE page to learn more about how your gift can make a difference in the cultural landscape of our community and beyond.

BUY TICKETS