60th Season Auditions

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SFYS Rehearsals are on Sunday afternoons

August–May in the beautiful Pawley Creative Arts Center on the campus of Miami-Dade College North Campus!

11380 NW 27th Ave.

Contact:

South Florida Youth Symphony

Marjorie Hahn, Executive Director

305-238-2729, 305-962-2079

Live and Virtual Auditions

Summer Music Academy Time at the SFYS

Over 56 students attend four weeks ( 19 days) music camp, from June 17th to July 12th – where they experience a wide variety of development tools, instruments and ideas, inlcuding composition, conducting, steel pans, rhythm development , brass and wind instruments, all string instruments, piano and guitar. Each summer for the past 28 years the SFYS has hosted this developmental camp experience for children ages 3-18. Miami Dade College North Campus has hosted the SFYS since 1996, other locations have included Miami Lakes Congregational Church , Old Cutler Presbyterian Church, Wayside Baptist Church, and Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens. Students’ excitment carries on as they enroll into the 9 month program on Sunday Afternoons and continue to develop into tomorrows leaders.

Fall 2024 Auditions and Registrations

Registration forms  are available on this web site;  or they can be emailed to you. Call for one…305-238-2729 (offices)     305-962-2079(cell)

All classes begin SUNDAY August 25th,  some auditions will be scheduled on Saturday & SUNDAY August 17 & 18  , But must be scheduled.. Call below

Call for Auditions  305-962-2079  

 Beginners  need only to register, not audition….. a $100 non-refundable registration deposit is required with application of all students In-need Scholarships will be considered based  on the US Household Poverty scale , and will be awarded after this registration is complete..still need more help call us!  don’t wait..             Students with special needs can apply for full scholarships, after registration fee is paid.

If an instrument is needed  we must have that information with the registration application.   A $50 deposit is required.  – scholarship help available.

Call  Mrs. Hahn  at 305-962-2079    for help on this process

12 good reasons to have your child study music

 

TWELVE BENEFITS OF MUSIC EDUCATION

RECENT STUDIES FROM THE CHILDREN’S MUSIC WORKSHOP

(Students who study the arts do better in standardized testing)

1. Early Music Education helps develop brain areas involved in language and

reasoning

2. Music education research shows a causal link between music and spatial

intelligence (the ability to perceive the world accurately and form mental

pictures of things)

3. Think creatively and solve problems

4. Better scores on standardized tests and higher grades in school

5. Development of empathy and compassion for other people and cultures

6. Idea of good craftsmanship toward what constitutes Good as opposed to

Mediocre work

7. The value of sustained effort to achieve excellence and concrete rewards

8. Teamwork skills and discipline

9. Self esteem through self expression

10. Develop multidimensional and flexible doing and performing skills with

good communication as opposed to simply observing

11. Learn to conquer fears and build good mental health to take good risks

12.Gaining a glimpse of the Incomparable

Christopher helped the younger generation get the feel and sound of the string bass at the “Instrument Petting Zoo”

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 3 can join us to begin to experience the joy of music at the South Florida Youth Symphony . Classes are held on Sunday Afternoons, with classes hourly  from 1:00-5:00 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  regularly join in with the 1st level orchestra form performances.

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 60th Season of the  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.
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