Over 56 students attended a four week 20 day music camp, from June 20th to July 14th – where they experienced 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 29 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.
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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The StringConsort is the first level of orchestra training; once students master the String Consort Orchestra they audition for the Symphonia String Orchestra. This is the intermediate strings training orchestra to prepare students for the higher patterns, scales and techniques needed to enter the flagship, Youth Symphony.
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.
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Students at the intermediate and advanced levels should attempt to use the All State and Honors audition materials, check the FBA and FOA websites.
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.