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!
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.
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