Artistic Staff

Dr. Alvaro Gomez
Artistic Director, Florida Young Artists Orchestra

Dr. Alvaro Gomez made his first public appearance at the age of nine with the Chilean Symphony. He received his music degrees from the University of Chile-Santiago, and completed his post graduate studies at the P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow under the tutelage of Galina A. Barinova, Victor Pikaisen, and David Oistrach. He is the first prizewinner of the “Jeunesse Musical” competition of Latin America, and won the “Japan Foundation Prize” in 1982. He was also the recipient of the Fullbright Foundation Award in 1987. Today, Dr. Gomez is recognized as one of the most brilliant violinists that has emerged from the prestigious P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He has performed as a violin and viola soloist with orchestras and in chamber groups around the world.

Dr. Gomez made his conducting debut in 1975 with the Chilean Philharmonic Orchestra, and was later appointed as Assistant Conductor and Concertmaster of the Chilean National Symphony Orchestra. With his success as a conductor, Dr. Gomez has been a guest conductor with orchestras in China, Europe, North and South America. He has conducted the All-State Orchestra for the Florida Music Educators

Today Dr. Gomez is recognized as one of the most brilliant violinists that has emerged from the prestigious P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

Association in Tampa, Florida, the Sienna Chamber Orchestra Tour of Italy and Switzerland, Florida International Festival, and the Daytona Beach Civic Orchestra.  He has conducted orchestras at the Fairbanks Summer Fine Arts Camp and Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Fairbanks Alaska. Dr Gomez is the Music Director and Conductor of the Winter Park Chamber Music Academy, Orlando, and teaches conducting and viola at the Orfeo International Music Festival held in the Italian Alps.

Dr. Gomez’s 35 years of music experience also include teaching. He currently maintains an active teaching studio in Orlando.  He teaches master classes to students all over the world. He has taught at the University of Florida, Rollins College, Daytona Beach College, Stetson University, and Colleges and Universities in Arkansas, Tennessee, and his home country of Chile.

Sherri Pollock_image webAssociate Music Director: Sherri Pollock

Sherri Pollock was a founding member of FYAO. When we needed her services again she agreed to come back as our Associate Artistic Director. She will be leading our Sinfonia, and is looking forward to making it a strong and vibrant orchestra. Welcome Sherri to FYAO. We look forward to watching you develop our Sinfonia, with your energy and enthusiasm.

Sherri is the Artistic Director of Suzuki Strings of Central Florida for over 35 years. She has performed throughout the Central Florida area.

Sherri’s passion is to help children develop a love for music that will bring joy to their hearts and continue for the rest of their life. “Always seek finer music, finer performance; eventually this will change from a learning attitude to a joyful quest which will last throughout their lives” Dr. Suzuki

She is Affiliated with:

2011 to present District President of Florida Federation of Music Clubs

2013 Composition Chair for Florida Federation of Music Clubs

2013 Crusade For Strings National chair for National Federation of Music Clubs

Suzuki Association of the Americas

Royal Conservatory Musical Development Program

American College of Musicians

American String Teachers Association.

FYAO - Orlando Youth OrchestraAssociate Music Director: Randall Love

Randall Love joins FYAO as the new Associate Director. He will be conducting, mentoring, teaching and leading the FYAO’s Philharmonic Orchestra.

Randall Love received his Bachelor of Music Education from Florida Southern College in 2007, under the apprenticeship of Arthur Pranno. He has been an Orchestra Director in public schools and taught private string lessons for over 5 years. He is the current Orchestra Director and the chair of the fine arts and music department at the Osceola County School for the Arts, a gold medal school.

His students have earned placements in All County and All State. He is a highly sought after clinician and has served as a Music Performance Assessment and Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator and Clinician for District and Pre-State level events. He has been invited as a guest clinician to multiple schools in the Central Florida area to assist with preparation for Music Performance Assessment.

He served from 2010 to 2012 as the Middle/Junior All State Orchestra Chairperson for the Florida Orchestra Association (FOA) and is the current High School Honors Orchestra State Chairperson. He has also served as an instructor for the Florida Southern College and University of Central Florida String Workshops.

He holds active professional memberships in the Music Educator’s National Conference (MENC), the Florida Music Educator’s Association (FMEA), and the Florida Orchestra Association (FOA).