Young Artists Orchestra

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. This season, we are offering both virtual and in-person rehearsals.

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!

CFCArts is a Gardiner Scholarship provider, and the Gardiner Scholarship can be used to cover program tuition! CFCArts scholarships are also available.

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.
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Please click here for an extensive outline of our safety procedures.

Please note that both virtual and live experiences are available to our students. Families will specify if they prefer a live or virtual experience for their student on the Audition Form.

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

Rehearsals will take place on Sundays from 3-5 PM between January 24 and May 2 on a weekly basis at Calvary Orlando (1199 Clay St., Winter Park.) Families will specify if they prefer a live or virtual (via Zoom) experience for their student on the Audition Form.
There will be no rehearsals on Sunday, March 14 due to Spring Break. There will be rehearsals on Sunday, March 21.

For families who choose a live experience, rehearsals will take place on the campus of Calvary Orlando (1199 Clay Street, Winter Park, FL 32789) in the Gym/Family Life Center (Building 3, see map) following the safety procedures linked here.
For families who choose a virtual experience, each live rehearsal will be broadcast on Zoom for your student to follow along at home.

The concert will take place on Sunday, May 9 at 4 PM at Mead Botanical Garden (1300 S Denning Dr, Winter Park, FL 32789) following the safety procedures linked here.

The concert will have a limited number of seats available, but will also be recorded.

Performances will follow the safety procedures linked here.

Tuition for all performers, in-person or virtual, is $175. Scholarships and payment plans are available (see below.)

There are four 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.
  • To use a Gardiner Scholarship, please email Leah@cfcarts.com with your student’s ID number. Please note if your Gardiner Scholarship is through AAA or Step Up for Students (SUFS.)
  • Complete the Scholarship Application to be considered for a scholarship for this program.

Auditions for our Young Artists Orchestra Ensembles are open through Friday, January 22 for students entering Grades 3 through 12 this school year. All auditions will be done virtually for these Ensembles.

How to prepare:

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!

How to register:

Please follow these steps to register your student.

  • Please register for an audition by filling out the Audition 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 Spring 2021 paperwork via DocuSign to your email.

How to audition:

Please submit the following items to youth@cfcarts.com by Friday, January 22:.

  • 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 Spring 2021 Children and Youth Arts Program forms will be sent to your email via DocuSign after completing the Audition Form.

How to submit:

Video auditions and associated materials may be submitted through Friday, January 22:

  • 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 Spring 2021 season will be sent and completed virtually via DocuSign. After completing the Audition 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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