Notable Achievements

The FYAO has a 13 year history of serving the Central Florida community.  Here are some of the highlights:

  • 1997 FYAO incorporated as a non-profit organization
  • 1998 Jonathan May was appointed as the FYAO’s first Artistic Director
  • 1998 FYAO accepts offer of rehearsal space from UCF
  • 1998 FYAO begins its inaugural season with 3 orchestras and takes a concert tour of Austria
  • 2000 Michael Miller is appointed Associate Conductor
  • 2001 FYAO takes a concert tour of Italy
  • 2002 FYAO Chamber Symphony is established
  • 2003 Philharmonic Chamber is established, bringing the total orchestras to five
  • 2004 Cellist Kenneth Kuo was featured as a guest artist.
  • 2005 Dr. Bruce Curlette, clarinet, is a featured guest artist.  FYAO Summer Music Academy held in Gmunden, Austria
  • United Arts of Central Florida A+ Award 2005
  • 2006 Cellist Barbara Theim is featured guest artist. FYAO partners with Trinity Preparatory School for rehearsal space
  • 2007  In its 10th Anniversary Season, the FYAO commissions 3 new works.  Jazz singer Barbara Morrison and the Daniel May Trio are featured as guest artists
  • 2008 The FYAO performs in Carnegie Hall.  Dr. Rick Greenwood from UCF is named as Associate Conductor
  • 2009 FYAO performs at the opening of the Burnham Institute in Orlando
  • 2010 Founding Artistic Director, Jonathan May, passes away unexpectedly.  A beautiful memorial service is held at Northland Church with an orchestral performance of FYAO members and alumni, and members of the professional music community
  • 2010 Dr. Alvaro Gomez is named as Principal Conductor of the FYAO.  Jon Territo and Ross Amkraut are named as Assistant Conductors
  • 2013 Sherry Pollock Joins FYAO as Associate Music Director and Sinfonia Conductor
  • 2013 Randall Love Joins FYAO as Associate Music Director and Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor
  • 2013 Rachel Shepard & Brain Bak FYAO Alums performs at the holiday concert
  • 2014 Dmitry Eremin of St.Petersburg State Conservatory Russian Federation performs with FYAO