Young Artists Orchestra

The CFCArts Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) is open to all instrumentalists in Grades 6-12 with one year minimum of experience, and at the directors’ discretion for Grades 3-5, 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.

The Elementary String Ensemble is open to students in Grades 1-5, or Grade 6 if students have less than one year of experience.  The Elementary String Ensemble allows students to explore early string technique, and join the Young Artists Orchestra for selected pieces in the end-of-semester concert.  Rehearsal books and CDs are included in tuition.

The Young Artists Orchestra and Elementary String Ensemble rehearse 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 by appointment.

The Young Artists Orchestra concert for Fall 2019 is Cartoon Symphony!

Join the CFCArts Young Artists Orchestra as they present their Fall 2019 concert, Cartoon Symphony. Enjoy the sounds of Central Florida’s most exciting Youth Orchestra as we play pieces, both classical and contemporary, that will bring back memories of Saturday morning cartoons! You’ll have a blast as you reminisce through the past with us, bringing the music you love from your TV screen to the stage.

For information on how to purchase tickets and see the concert, visit our events page!

Young Artists Orchestra$175 per performer (Tuition payment and scholarship application links will be sent after auditions)

Elementary String Ensemble $100 per performer 

Scholarships are available!

Scholarships –

CFCArts offers scholarships to all members equally, on an “as requested” basis, and does not consider age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, nationality or any other social demographic when determining a member for a scholarship.

ALL students are accepted into the Young Artists Orchestra; auditions are for placement only!

Auditions are Saturday, August 24, 11:30am-4pm at Calvary Orlando Students will be assigned a 5 minute audition slot; email with your availability during the above time frame (Strings students are strongly encouraged to audition before 2 PM) Calvary Kids Building/Education Center, Rooms 2206-2209 Auditions are not necessary for the Elementary String Ensemble.

Young Artists Orchestra Placement Audition Requirements –

– Minimum one-year experience on chosen instrument

– Must possess basic to advanced music reading skills

Students should prepare two short contrasting excerpts (one fast and one slow) and a 2 or 3 octave scale of the students’ choice for all instruments except bass. Basses will need to play a 2 octave scale. There will also be sight-reading for all instruments.

– Must own or rent instrument to play

Young Artists Orchestra Rehearsals – Calvary Orlando, 1199 Clay Street, Winter Park

All Sundays, Starting September 8: 3-5 PM (No rehearsal Sunday, December 1)

Concert – Sunday, December 8 at Trinity Preparatory School at 6pm, Dress Rehearsal at 3pm

Elementary String Ensemble Rehearsals – Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30pm starting August 20 at Central Christian Church, 250 SW Ivanhoe Blvd, Orlando 32804 (No rehearsal Tuesday, November 26)

Concert – Sunday, December 8 at Trinity Preparatory School at 6pm, Dress Rehearsal at 3pm

Not quite ready to join but have some questions about the program or how to get involved? Just ask! Contact our office at 407-937-1800;719, or email us at

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