Scholarship Information

No student is ever turned away from the program due to financial hardship. Through grants and donations, scholarship money for tuition and instrument usage  is made available for in need students. Students and families must apply for this aid through the Executive Director. All tuition scholarship families are asked in return, to serve as a volunteer when called upon, and solicit and submit one paid ad for the yearly concert sponsor book.

Summer Camp scholarships are awarded as sponsorship funds permit. Youth Symphony and Symphonia Students may apply for camp funds as well. Each season we receive brochures from all the many  fine camps across the country. Our recent partnership with the Brevard Summer Music Festival  will award 4 – 1/2 scholarships to our students who qualify.  Check with the director in January or February each season for new brochures, and vital information. We are here  to help all students achieve their goals.

Depending on Funding, Lesson Scholarships for private study may be made available. Traditionally these funds are delegated to upper level students of the Symphonia or Youth Symphony. Coaches and teachers come on Sundays as well to help students gain expertise on their instruments, and orchestral literature

Tuition and Fees

The great kids of the 2015 cello class with teacher- Essilevi Nadal, at the December Holiday concert

All students pay the (Non-Refundable) registration  fee of $100.00   Full Cost per student is $1035.00 for 9 months of classes with professional educators  approx. 28- 32 weeks including  community concerts.  Tuitions charged  cover only 43% of the cost per student.   In response to the need for this  financial aid, the SFYS solicits sponsors to absorb this fee. Thus, the fee charged for the first child of a family is only $600 for the entire season. There is a sibling discount at $525.

Half year students $250-space available

Speak to the registration table attendees on Sunday or call Mrs. Hahn at 305-238-2729, NO student will ever be turned away because of financial hardship. Speak to our Board of Directors for ways we and you, can help meet the cost demand with tuition scholarships. Only paid members will be eligible for the programs listed in our guidelines.
Every student must submit the initial registration fee of $100.00

Monthly Payment plans are available after the registration fee is submitted.  Scholarships are then available based on funding available from sponsors; Major Credit Cards Accepted …Also use Venmo, Cash App  Zelle and Pay Pal

If a student loses music, damages music or folders, the fees are as follows:
$6.00 for each lost or damaged original part
$15.00 for each lost or damaged folder

Instrument Rentals from the SFYS,  if availableare  for $50 per season.

The rental deposit  is due at registration. Students may sign out the instrument for the summer with all summer payments made before the end of the regular season in May. It is expected that the student attend the SFYS summer music camp with the  SFYS rented instrument.

Youth Symphony Orchestra

Once string students have perfected the training level of the Beginning String Consort Orchestra and the Symphonia, Intermediate string orchestra, they are fully equipped and musically mature enough to proudly audition to become a member of the South Florida Youth Symphony. Admission to the Symphonia or the Youth Symphony is by audition only, existing students in the program must have the recommendation of their previous conductor to audition up to the next level.

Enrolling students please call for an appointment at the office 305-238-2729.

SFYS encourages students who play the following instruments to audition for this flagship youth orchestra: Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Oboe, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion, Harp, Piano, (clarinet doubles on Saxophone when needed).

Contact us now for your chair!! We can help you get that college audition with flying colors. Start training effectively now!

Important Information:
Audition requirements
Rehearsal Schedule
Tuition and Fees
Scholarship
Attendance Policy
Audition Requirements:
Practice Sundays 1 PM – 5 PM

Begining Strings Training

 

Youth  from age 4 can join us to begin to experience the joy of music at the South Florida Youth Symphony . Classes are held on Sunday Afternoons, with beginners at 1:00 PM and possibly 3:00 PM depending on enrollment. Students are able to choose violin, viola, cello or bass as their instrument to aid in the development of their tools for success in life; concentration, self esteem, pride in accomplishment, dedication to a group and the group cause. Parent participation with the teacher and child is required in this class development, and as the child moves through the levels, the parent student relationship grows and blossoms. Advancing classes are at 2:00 and 3:00 each week.

Every Child Can!!!! With Music, The Language of the Heart.

Important Information:    Schedule subjectb to change

 

Competition & Travel Program

Each season the Youth Symphony trys to plan a musical adjudicated trip for the most advanced students. Travel opportunities are chosen by their significance in the education of the students to their wider communities, country and world of music. Besides some close at home run-outs to play for seniors , or for families at  festivals, the “Festival” tour orchestras have won top trophies, accolades and honors at competitions and concerts in New York, Washington D.C., Orlando, The Bahamas Cruise Festivals, Vienna Austria, Grand Cayman and Nicaragua. “FUN” Fundraising is always a part of the trip experience to help families reduce this extra cost to their budgets. Travel is encouraged as part of the development of the Whole Child.

THIS YEAR we will participate in the Heritage Music Festival in Washington D.C. for the Inauguration ceremonies of the next President of the United States.. Trip will be from January 19 to the 23rd.  Sign on NOW to perform or travel with us..

Parents LOVE to travel along as Chaperones. Trip for 2016 is the Heritage Music Festival in Washington D.C. 

Auditions

The 57 year old South Florida Youth Symphony, offers a progressive training program for all instruments, to all students.    All new orchestra ready students must audition. CALL for an appointment on SUNDAY’S  at Miami Dade College North Campus Building 5000 ( Pawley Creative Arts Center) beside the lake, on Lake Road.
see:  Audition Requirements and Openings       CALL AHEAD FOR YOUR  SPECIFIC   APPOINTMENT   TIME !  305-238-2729

Students at the intermediate and advanced levels  should attempt to use the All State and Honors audition materials,  check the FBA  and FOA websites.

AUDITION   REQUIREMENTS

Youth Symphony Orchestra– For the “Advanced”player
Existing Students must get the approval of Symphonia teacher first if auditioning to move up to the Youth Symphony

  • Student must show a high level of ability on their instrument, play in tune, tune their instrument effectively
  • A prepared solo of students choice, preferably a concerto movement  (shifting to upper positions)
  • A technical study written for the specific instrument, can be from the All State requirements
  • All major scales & arpeggios MEMORIZED 3 octaves where applicable two will be chosen up to 4 flats and sharps
  • Short Sight reading excerpts of orchestral repertoire will be given.

Symphonia String Chamber  Orchestra
Existing Student MUST have the approval of class teacher to move up to the next level

  • A prepared solo of students choice showing ability to shift into 3rd position
  • A short etude showing the students technical ability
  • Two octave major scales MEMORIZED of F,Bb,Eb,D,G,C,A (shifting required)  two will be chosen
  • Short sight reading orchestral excerpts will be given.

String Consort Orchestra (entry level orchestra)

  • One octave scales of G, D, A and E in tune, can be read, but memorized is better
  • A solo piece of the students choice showing your technical and lyrical ability , demonstration of music reading skills,\
  •  Short sight reading literature given at the audition.This is an important aspect of graduating into an orchestra, to be able to play parts, instead of unison, with all the other players in the group.

Class Piano Lessons

SFYS is a great place for kids to learn to play the piano. Guitar and Piano Students receive awards for achievement at the end of the season recital. Students receive extra training during the yearly summer camps held in Miami Dade County. Many students are on scholarship thanks to grants through Miami Dade County,the State of Florida and others.

String Consort Orchestra

For students who graduate from beginner to the intermediate Suzuki technique string classes, have learned to read music, and can start to understand the language of music using flats and sharps…… This is their first orchestral experience playing different parts, watching and following the direction of a conductor, and performing as a multi part string orchestra at all concerts of the season. Students at this level begin to nurture their abilities, with advanced scales and techniques in preparation for moving upward though the system to the next levels of orchestral performance.

Conductors/Teachers Cesare Turner a viola Alumni of the SFYS., and Angelica Losada -Viiolin instructor in Dade County Public Schools, and Alumni of the SFYS and former SFYS teacher, back with the group.

South Florida Youth Symphony
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