Young Artists Orchestra

About

Students entering Grades 6 through 12 this school year: Join the CFCArts Young Artists Orchestra for Spring 2021! The Young Artists Orchestra welcomes all young musicians in strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion with at least one year of experience on their instrument.

The YAO will learn challenging musical repertoire and perform in a concert for family and friends, and possibly events for charity organizations in Central Florida as well.

The YAO are auditioned for placement only, but there is a place for everyone! We are currently accepting late enrollments; please send in audition materials ASAP.

For students in Grades PreK-2, check out our Music Exploration Program!
For students of all ages, check out our virtual private lessons in our Academy!

Please note the following requirements to register:

  • Minimum of one year of experience on chosen instrument.
  • Must possess basic to advanced music reading skills.
  • Must own or rent an instrument to play.

About the Director

Ethan is an Alabama native and holds his Master’s of Music Education degree with a conducting emphasis from Auburn University. His love for the performing arts began with piano instruction in second grade. He has led music ensembles as a collegiate and drum corps drum major, youth orchestra conductor, and music director for children’s theatre. In 2015, he founded Drum Major Innovations, an educational institution that offers conducting clinics, camps, and competitions for aspiring drum majors. He currently serves as an instructor for the Macy’s Great American Marching Band. Ethan has performed with Disney Cruise Line, The Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort.

Nathan Humphries started playing piano and singing when he was 7 years old. Since then his primary instrument has been the euphonium.  He received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Auburn University. In college he was selected as a featured soloist for the Auburn University Symphonic Winds, as well as a member of the National Intercollegiate Band (2013). Since then he has been an active music teacher in both Orange and Osceola counties. He is also an active cast member with Disney Performing Arts, and has been working events such as Festival Disney and Epcot’s Candlelight Processional since 2014. In Central Florida, he has performed with groups such as the Brass Band of Central Florida as well as the Orlando Concert Band. He is very excited to be a part of the CFCArts team!

Fall 2021 Season

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Please click here for an extensive outline of our safety procedures as they currently stand. Please note that these safety procedures are being evaluated and may change prior to the start of the program.

Please email Director of Youth Programs, Leah Porrata, at Leah.Porrata@cfcarts.com with any questions.

Rehearsals will be at Cornerstone Charter Academy (5903 Randolph Ave, Belle Isle, FL 32809).

Rehearsals will take place on Sundays from 2:30-4:30 PM between September 12 and December 12 on a weekly basis.

There will be no rehearsals on Sunday, November 28 due to Thanksgiving Break. There will be rehearsals on Sunday, November 21.

The performance will take place at Cornerstone Charter Academy (5903 Randolph Ave, Belle Isle, FL 32809) on Sunday, December 12 at 3PM.

Tuition for all performers, is $175. Scholarships and payment plans are available (see below.)

There are three ways to cover tuition:

  • Complete the tuition payment of $175 in full via PayPal, or by mailing a check (made out to CFCArts) to PO Box 720517 Orlando, FL 32872 (please email youth@cfcarts.com once check is posted.)
  • Complete a partial tuition payment of at least $50 via PayPal, or by mailing a check (made out to CFCArts) to PO Box 720517 Orlando, FL 32872 (please email youth@cfcarts.com once check is posted.) The remaining balance may be paid either in monthly installments or in a second payment prior to the concert. Email youth@cfcarts.com to set up your payment plan. 
  • Complete the Financial Aid Application to be considered for a scholarship for this program.

Auditions

Auditions for our Young Artists Orchestra are open through Friday, September 10 for students entering Grades 6 through 12 this school year. All auditions will be done virtually via video/audio submission.

If your student would like some help preparing for their audition, the CFCArts Academy is here to help with Virtual Private Lessons in audition prep covering instrumental coaching! Lessons can be one-time (called “Flex”) or you can set up recurring lessons if you prefer. Contact Academy@cfcarts.com to register!

Please follow these steps to register your student.

  • Please register for a video audition by filling out the Audition Registration Form.
  • Students new to CFCArts will need to fill out the CFCArts Membership Application.
  • Please note the following requirements to register:
    • Minimum of one year of experience on chosen instrument.
    • Must possess basic to advanced music reading skills.
    • Must own or rent an instrument to play.

Once your student is registered for a video audition, you may submit their audition materials (see below) and will be sent Fall-Winter 2021 paperwork via DocuSign to your email. 

Please submit the following items to youth@cfcarts.com by Friday, September 10:

  • Video of your student performing two short contrasting excerpts (one fast and one slow.)
  • Video of your student performing a 2-octave scale of the students’ choice for all instruments except bass.
  • PDF or pictures (.JPG/.JPEG, .PNG) of your student’s chosen sheet music for their contrasting excerpts.
  • All Fall-Winter 2021 Children and Youth Arts Program forms will be sent to your email via DocuSign after completing the Audition Registration Form.

Video auditions and associated materials may be submitted through Friday, September 10:

  • Video auditions must be emailed as one or multiple video files (email attachment or Google Drive, Dropbox, WeTransfer, iCloud, or a link to a video-hosting website such as YouTube) to youth@cfcarts.com.
  • Paperwork for the Fall-Winter 2021 season will be sent and completed virtually via DocuSign. After completing the Audition Registration Form, we will send the paperwork to your email!

If you are having issues submitting your video or attachments, please email us at youth@cfcarts.com and we can help you!

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 Youth@cfcarts.com.

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Pay Tuition

For questions about paying tuition, please email Youth@CFCArts.com
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