Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

Miami -Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs is a major continuing  sponsor of the  SFYS  youth development program. Over 18 years of support for the under-served kids in North Miami-Dade county. This sponsorship is vital to the success of the program.

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and its volunteer advisory board, the Cultural Affairs Council, develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for our community’s thousands of artists and not-for-profit cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. The Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council provide grants and technical assistance to cultural organizations and individual artists; develop and improve cultural facilities; create and advance arts education, public information and outreach programs; advocate for effective cultural policies and for more public and private resources to invest in cultural development; and promote and market our cultural assets broadly and innovatively.

State Of Florida Division Of Arts and Culture

State of Florida Division Of Arts and Culture

The Florida Division of Cultural Affairs is Florida’s state arts agency. The Division promotes arts and culture as essential to quality of life for all Floridians. Arts and culture contribute to a vibrant and creative Florida. These diverse resources include arts in education, local arts agency, state service organization, theater, dance, folks arts, literature, media arts, museum, multidisciplinary, music, sponsor/presenter, and visual arts programs and projects.

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 $900 for the entire season. There is a sibling discount at $765.

Half year students $450-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:
$5.00 for each lost or damaged original part
$12.00 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.

Sponsors and Donor Levels

SFYS pdf pages 2019

A copy of the official registration and SFYS financial statements may be obtained from the State of Florida division of consumer services by calling toll free 800-435-7352. Registration does not imply endorsement. Registration #CH6751.  Also find us at SUNBIZ

Donation Levels for South Florida Youth Symphony

Orchestra Patron – $50-$99
ALL donors receive recognition in the programs

Conductors Circle – $100-$499
Includes also : two free tickets to any one concert

Orchestra Chair Sponsor – $500
Includes two free tickets to any one concert, name listed on sponsor page in the Program Guide

Scholarship Donor – $500-$999
Includes also: all of the above plus 4 free tickets to any two concerts, logo listed on sponsor page of Program Guide

Concert Sponsor – $2,500-$3,499
Includes photo in Program Guide, company logo displayed on the program cover, and 10 tickets to the sponsored concert

Composer Angel – $3,500-$5,000
Includes Concert Sponsor level plus invitations to any special events and receptions,  10 tickets to any SFYS concert,special poster displayed at all concert events.

Corporate Arts Advocate – $15,000-$50,000
Includes Composer Angel level, Corporate location concert, 15 VIP tickets to every concert, corporate poster displayed at every event, listing and photo in the Program Guide

Our Sponsors

Miami Dade College, North Campus

26  years hosting the program for the South Florida Youth Symphony. Thanks to Campus President, Staff  and Administrative Services Director, Fermin Vasquez,

State Of Florida Division Of Arts and Culture  –,

The  Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs,

The Batchelor Foundation

The Kirk Foundation

The City of Coral Gables

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Miami String Haus

Publix Supermarket Charities

South Dade/Homestead Kiwanis Association

Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs is a great sponsor of the SFYS youth development program. Over 18 years of support for the underserved kids in North Dade county. This sponsorship is vital to the success of the program.-,

The Children’s Trust serving children and families through a public referendum,

 Miami Dade County Office of Management and Budget,

The Symphonettes

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
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

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