Youth Orchestra

About The Youth Orchestra

The Central Florida Community Arts Youth Orchestra welcomes all young musicians with at least one year of playing experience on their instruments all the way up until 18 years of age! Our orchestra encompasses all instruments in the string, brass, woodwind, and percussion families, and we are home to many students that are looking for an ensemble to play with and students that also are highly active in their school’s orchestra or band programs.

Our seasons always feature fun and challenging musical repertoire that will help you or your student grow as a musician and have lots of fun with the ensemble while working hard. And each season culminates in a performance for friends and family to showcase all of our hard work.

Our predominantly weekend commitments make this the perfect home for traditional students and home-schoolers alike as we know that your school ensembles and events are a top priority for you!

We would love to have you on stage with us at our next performance! Please email, and our team will reach out to you to help answer your questions and get you started with us!

Spring 2024 Season

Season Kickoff: Sunday, January 28, from 2:30-4 p.m.
Rehearsals: Sundays from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: Cornerstone Charter Academy (5903 Randolph Ave, Belle Isle, FL 32809)

Sunday, May 19, at 3 p.m.
Cornerstone Charter Academy (5903 Randolph Ave, Belle Isle, FL 32809)


We need everyone (including returning members) to fill out the Youth Orchestra Spring Registration Form for this season.

Notes: After you click SUBMIT, it will email you a copy of your answers. If you do not receive a copy of your answers, we likely did not receive your completed registration. We ask that you first try it again, and then if you still have any issues, contact Nikki at


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Performance: Sunday, May 19, at 3 p.m. at Cornerstone Charter Academy (5903 Randolph Ave, Belle Isle, FL 32809)


Dues will be for all music, rehearsals, community performances, and performances for our Youth Orchestra from now through May 2024. Please see pricing below:

Spring 2024 Dues: $150

Payment options are included in the Registration Form! Financial assistance and payment plans are also available. Please email with any questions.

Meet The Youth Orchestra Team

Rob Cothran

Rob Cothran

Youth Orchestra Associate Artistic Director

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Rob Cothran is excited for the opportunity to lead the students of the CFCArts Youth Orchestra! Rob completed a Bachelor of Music Education and graduate assistantship at Auburn University with trumpet as his principal instrument. He spent 12 years as a high school band director, teaching AP Music Theory and IB Music in Alabama. Rob’s concert, marching, and jazz ensembles consistently earned superior ratings in assessment and competition. Rob had multiple ensembles selected to perform at the Alabama Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference, The Chicago Thanksgiving Parade (Chicago, Illinois), The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade (Washington, D.C.), and numerous other honor bands and festivals. Rob is currently active as a wind and marching band clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor. Rob’s professional playing experience includes cruise ship bands throughout Europe and the Caribbean, freelancing in the San Francisco Bay Area and the southeastern United States, and numerous pit orchestras. Rob was a founding member of the Alabama Winds, an all-adult wind band whose mission is “to foster and promote the appreciation of high-quality wind band music through performances of artistic merit for our audience, the residents of the state of Alabama and the members of the ensemble.” Rob has performed with the Alabama Winds at the Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra, and Music Conference in Chicago, Illinois, as well as on tour throughout Europe. Rob performed for over a decade with the Auburn Knights Orchestra, a jazz and swing big band performing continuously since its founding in Auburn, Alabama, in 1929. In addition to serving as a conductor for the CFCArts Youth Orchestra, Rob also performs with the CFCArts Big Band and Symphony Orchestra. Rob currently works in the student travel industry where he coordinates worldwide travel opportunities for student performing ensembles of all sizes and ages. He lives in Minneola, Florida, with Allison (his wife), Rhett (his dog), and Gibbs (his cat).

Emma Fitzhugh

Emma Fitzhugh

Youth Orchestra Member Ambassador

Grace Fitzhugh

Grace Fitzhugh

Youth Orchestra Member Ambassador

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Call: 407-937-1800 Ext 704

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