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  –  florida-arts.org,

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.-
miamidadearts.org,

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
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 58 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.

Music Instruction Schedule

All Classes are held every Sunday afternoons  at varying times   from 1pm to 5pm at Miami Dade College North Campus:

The Pawley Creative Arts Center
Building 5000; 2nd floor
11380 NW 27th Ave
Miami, FL 33167
(305) 238-2729

Suzuki Violin and Viola
Class limit: 8-10 students

Piano Classes-beginning-to-advanced
limit: 6 students

Class placement depends on the students enrolled and at the discretion of the teacher
Orchestras:  Three levels,  Begining “String Consort”  Intermediate “Symphonia”  Advanced “Youth Symphony”
Class placement depends on the students enrolled and at the discretion of the teacher- call-for-times

Small group lessons

Instruction with coach at the orchestra director’s discretion, in a practice room or small ensemble room with visable access to the outside as available, and open doors , as not to impede the lessons of other classes or teachers. All instructors of the SFYS are FDLE VECHS background screened and certified. For more information please contact the SFYS at 305-238-2729

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