Young Artists Orchestra Ensembles

Students entering Grades 6 through 12 this school year: Join the CFCArts Young Artists Orchestra’s Instrumental Ensembles for Fall 2020! The Ensembles are instrumental performance groups composed of our young musicians in strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion. This season, we are offering both virtual and in-person Ensembles, which will both rehearse challenging musical repertoire and perform in a showcase for family and friends, and possibly virtual events for charity organizations in Central Florida as well. The Ensembles are auditioned for placement only, and will be grouped according to best fit, but there is a place for everyone! For students entering Grades 1-5, check out our Elementary String Ensemble!

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

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.

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 Virtual Registration Form.

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

Rehearsals will take place between Monday, September 14 and Monday, November 30 on a weekly basis (will be scheduled based on student availability) . Families will specify if they prefer a live or virtual (via Zoom) experience for their student on the Virtual Audition Form.

There will be no rehearsals on September 7 (Labor Day) or November 23-27 (Thanksgiving.) 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 Education Center (Building 2, see map) following the safety procedures linked here.

Rehearsal dates and times will be scheduled according to student and staff availability. Families will specify their student’s availability and desired frequency of rehearsals on the Virtual Audition Form. Rehearsal schedules for each Ensemble will be sent out along with placement no later than Friday, September 4.

Rehearsals will take place between Monday, September 14 and Monday, November 30 on a weekly basis (will be scheduled based on student availability). Families will specify if they prefer a live or virtual (via Zoom) experience for their student on the Virtual Audition Form.

There will be no rehearsals on September 7 (Labor Day) or November 23-27 (Thanksgiving.)

Rehearsal dates and times will be scheduled according to student and staff availability. Families will specify their student’s availability and desired frequency of rehearsals on the Virtual Audition Form. Rehearsal schedules for each Ensemble will be sent out along with placement no later than Friday, September 4.

Performances will take place on Tuesday, December 1. Each ensemble group will perform once within that time frame. Performance times will be determined after ensemble placement.

Live performances will take place within the Central Orlando/Winter Park area. Specific performance location(s) are to be determined based on the needs of our ensembles. Live performances will have a limited number of seats available, but will also be streamed. Performances will follow the safety procedures linked here.

Tuition for all performers is $150. Scholarships are available (see below.)

There are four ways to cover tuition:

  • Complete the tuition payment of $150 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 $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 performances.
  • 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 Wednesday, September 2 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 a video audition by filling out the Virtual 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 Fall 2020 paperwork via DocuSign to your email. Students will be notified of their ensemble placement no later than Friday, September 4.

How to audition: Please submit the following items to youth@cfcarts.comby Wednesday, September 2nd.

  • 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.
  • If possible, PDF or pictures (.JPG/.JPEG, .PNG) of your student’s chosen sheet music for their contrasting excerpts.
  • All Fall 2020 Children and Youth Arts Program forms will be sent to your email via DocuSign after completing the Virtual Audition Form.

How to submit: Video auditions and associated materials may be submitted through Wednesday, September 2.

  • 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 2020 season will be sent and completed virtually via DocuSign. After completing the Virtual 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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