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.
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.
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.