The CFCArts Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) was founded in August of 2015 and has quickly become one of the most inclusive and unique youth orchestras in the Central Florida area! This orchestra is open to all instrumentalists in elementary through high school, and each rehearsal is a fun, uplifting experience where the students play challenging music from both classical and popular/modern repertoire. The YAO was created to give young instrumentalists from all backgrounds and experience levels a safe and encouraging environment to create music while getting to know other young performers from the community.
Meet the Young Artists Orchestra
The Young Artists Orchestra rehearses on a Spring and Fall semester schedule with a concert at the culmination of each semester. Registration for the YAO is open year round, and new students may audition each week prior to the rehearsal.
What do we play ?
Each season, the YAO concert will have a different theme; the directors choose a broad range of music from classical pieces to movie scores. Season Dues – $175 per season ( payment plans available ).The Spring 2017 concert includes incredible selections from popular video games!
Young Artists Orchestra Spring concert – Join us for a concert experience you will never forget! This spring, the CFCArts Young Artists Orchestra joins together with the Youth Vocal Ensembles to create Sound Bytes, a musical experience based on the music of popular video games! This high-energy concert gracefully infuses the modern feel of technology with the sounds of the beautiful Asian culture from which many of these games and ideas originated. Including orchestral sections from Fallout 4, Pokemon Go, and Civilization, along with vocal performances of Hotyru Koi and selections from the Japanese game, Fire Emblem Fates, this concert is certain to inspire and amaze audiences of all ages! Come join us on this musical journey as we celebrate the integration of art, culture, and technology that will impact the lives of youth for years to come!
Location: Oak Ridge High School, 700 W. Oak Ridge Rd, Orlando, FL 32809
The YAO rehearses on Sundays from 3:00pm-5:00pm at Calvary Orlando, 1199 Clay Street, Winter Park, FL, 32789.
Orchestra Summer Camp
During the summer, the YAO offers one week of summer camp to which is open to current members as well as new students. Registration for Summer 2017 is now open!
CFCArts Young Artists Orchestra Camp
- July 10-14
- Open to instrumentalists age 7-18 years
- 9:00am-5:00pm (morning registration begins at 8:30am)
- Location: Cornerstone Charter Academy, 5903 Randolph Ave, Orlando, FL 32809
- This summer, join the members of the Young Artists Orchestra for a week of music and instrumental training. Instrumentalists age 7-18 years old with at least one year of playing experience on their instrument are invited to participate in this fun and educational camp. The camp will end with a showcase for family and friends on Friday, July 14th at 6:00pm.
- Camp Dues – $180
- To register, email email@example.com.
The CFCArts Young Artists Orchestra is looking for members for their fall season both in the full orchestra and in the new YAO String Ensemble!
The YAO String Ensemble is open to young string players age 5 and older, who are currently in a string book 2 or higher. No auditions are necessary for the string ensemble, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to begin registration.
For instrumentalists interested in playing in the full youth orchestra, auditions for the fall season will be held on Saturday, August 26 and the fall season begins on Sunday, September 10th. To sign up for auditions for the fall season, email email@example.com.
Interested in Joining or Learning More? Contact the YAO Administrators, Madison Roach and Jessica Van Dyke, at YAO@cfcarts.com or call 407-937-1800, ext 712
*For the children’s safety, all of our Young Artist Orchestra rehearsals are closed to visitors*
About the Directors
Jose is a graduate of FSU, where he earned a Bachelors in Music Education. At FSU he studied flute under Ms. Eva Amsler, and conducting under Dr. Patrick Dunnigan and Dr. Alex Jimenez. During his time at FSU, Jose was a member of the Symphonic Band, Wind Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra. He has also participated in Masterclasses with Artist such as Ian Clarke, and Directors Steve Davis, Kevin Sedatole, Daniel Schmidt, and Joe Parisi. Jose is a member of the CFCA Orchestra, and serves in the Orchestra Leadership Team. Jose is currently the Director of Bands at Oak Ridge High School, and has taught Band and Orchestra at the High School and Middle School levels.
Jessica started playing clarinet when she was twelve years old and hasn’t stopped since! She participated in Marching Band, Concert Band and Symphonic Band throughout high school and college. She attended the University of Central Florida where she majored in Music Education and graduated in 2009. She has now taught Elementary Music in Pasco County for three years.
Madison graduated from University of Central Florida with a Bachelors degree in Music Education. She is originally from Texas and has played French Horn for over 14 years. Madison is currently an elementary music teacher and works with students kindergarten through fifth grade. She is involved with the CFCArts Orchestra as well as the mass choir.
Jimmy studied at Stetson University, where he earned his Bachelors’ Degree in Music Education. He is currently the Director of Orchestras at Cypress Creek High School in Orlando, FL where he has served for over a decade. He not only conducts the orchestras, but also the school’s Guitar program and is the lead teacher for the Music Certification in the school’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. He is an active member of the Florida Orchestra Association (FOA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Florida Federation of Music Clubs (FFMC), and is an alumnus of the Xi Nu Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Inc.
Are you ready to join? Then here is everything you need to know!
- Rehearsals: Sundays, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
- Rehearsal Location: Calvary Orlando, 1199 Clay Street, Winter Park, FL 32789
( all rehearsals are closed to guests. Performers are to be dropped off and
picked up in Calvary’s gym lobby )
- Concert: Saturday, May 20th at 7:00pm