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Rob Hill

Hi all! My name is Rob Hill and I use to play in the SFYS back in 87 to 88 I want to say. I was in 9th grade at the time and played in the percussion section. Mrs.Hahn was the conductor at the time and her daughter Hillary played violin while I was there.

Percussion 1987, 1988

Betsy Wharton Crittenden

I ultimately attended Miami Dade College on a music scholarship, but unfortunately did not complete my studies or go on to a career in music. I live in North Carolina, and have been a paralegal for the last 35

Clarinet 1968, 1969

Giovanni Garcia

The opportunity to perform music in various venues and in front of different audiences was an incredible training for my future endeavors- audition for UM, playing with Frank Sinatra Jr., FGO, Miami Symphony, etc. Thank you for the

French Horn 2000, 1999, 1998

Robert Schrager

I have too many great memories to even list! I played violin and later viola under Peter Fuchs and Marjorie Hahn, I soloed, conducted and was twice awarded a scholarship to attend summer camp at Sewanee. I also have great people-memories – Melanie Moseley, Marla Englander, Alan Mingo, Sharon Markey, Mike Robinson… the list goes

Violin 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983

Karen Martin

I started with the youth symphony when I was in 10th grade. It was nice because there were quite a few people from where I went to school way down in Homestead (South Dade Sr. High; Anthony, Evan, Sara, Faye, Andrew, and my sisters Lori and Debbie), boy that was a long drive every Sunday

Viola, Violin 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999

Anna Lampidis

I have a very rewarding career as a Professional Oboist where I currently live in North Carolina, performing with several Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. I am currently a member of the music faculty at Wake Forest University and Salem College. I am blessed with a large private oboe studio and serve as a woodwind coach

Oboe 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990

Hillary Hahn

In addition to being a wonderful outlet to play with others and develop the love and craft of my instrument… From my unique position as the daughter of the Executive Director, I learned a lot about what it actually takes to run an organization…it helped me become a very successful orchestra teacher for a time

Violin 1983, 1992

Joe Lovinsky

I will never be able to adequately express my gratitude, and I would not be where I am today, without the wonderful encouragement and training received from the

Principal French horn, “Pershing's Own” U.S. Army Band for 25 years. Currently French horn instructor, Shenandoah, Conservatory

Alina Matusow-Hirschkowitz

I had never performed with strings. I learned a lot about bowing and the importance of the first chair violin player. I learned that as cool as real classical music is, it can be very boring for wind players. Many, many measures of rests and getting lost counting them almost always happens. I have made

Richard A. Zogaib

Exposure to great conductors and literature while I was in the SFYS was pivotal in my young music career. It served me well in “The President’s Own” U. S. Marine Band and all of the other professional organizations that I was blessed to

Daniel Andai

SFYS played an important role for me as a young musician. I remember feeling a part of the team when I played in the orchestra. Preparing music for seating auditions, performances, and sectionals helped me develop a process for discipline that I’ve sharpened and maintained in my professional

Kathy Do

Being part of the South Florida Youth Symphony has given me opportunities that I would not have otherwise. The ensemble experiences provided me with valuable skills, both musical and personal, such as responsibility, dedication and a work

Edward J. Ercilla, M.M.E

Discipline, passion, artistry, connecting with people of different backgrounds; are all qualities that I have learned from my time at SFYS. These are qualities that I carry throughout my career as a professional musician and

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