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).

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Practice Sundays 1 PM – 5 PM

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.

History

2018 Richard A. Zogaib joins SFYS as Associate Conductor

2014 Dr. Dennis Kam joins the SFYS as Associate Conductor

1998  Richard Yaklich Joined the SFYS as String Coach and Conductor

1997 Leo Walz joined the SFYS as Associate Conductor

1996

SFYS moved To Miami Dade College North Campus, at the invitation of John Alexander, Ken Boos and the Administration.under President  Derrico

1994     SFYS  moved To St. Martha’s parish, in Miami Shores

1993    Second” Carnegie Hall” Performance

1988     First Performance in “Carnegie Hall “, New York                                                                                                                    .             George Walters joined the SFYS as Associate Conductor

1987

Dayna Turner joins SFYS as Associate conductor

1985

Marjorie Hahn assumes as lead Conductor of SFYS

1971

Marjorie Gould /Hahn  joins with the SFYS as Associate Conductor with Peter Fuchs

1970

Untimely Death of  Maestro Carmen Nappo

1969

Peter Fuchs joins Carmen Nappo as Associate Conductor

1965

January 24th- 1st Concert of the SFYS  at the North Miami Beach Auditorium .. a converted basketball court  that had floor chairs and bleachers. The concerts were all  FREE and totally filled to capacity..they were free to the public  seating was 1500

1964

SFYS board and Mr. Nappo Moved the organization to the unfinished  4th floor of the North Miami Beach City Hall, under the sponsorship of Mayor Dan Diefenbach  with storage space in the small room adjacent to the top floor room.

1964

Mayor Dan Diefenbach offered to sponsor the SFYS at the City hall of North Miami Beach

1964

Carmen Nappo opted to withdraw from the Biscayne Gardens Women’s Community Center  rather than exclude Black students from the SFYS. Moved temporarily to the City of North Miami community center.

1964

Interracial objections arose from the Woman’s club at Biscayne Women’s Club

1964

First rehearsals of the SFYS began at the Biscayne Gardens Community  “Woman’s” Center

1964

Carmen Nappo saw the fine talent of Marjorie her sister Janice and their friends at North Miami Sr. High , with no place to learn or play the classical literature, so the south Florida Youth Symphony was founded, for all talented south Florida Musicians .

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