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
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.
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.