Fellow FYAO Members!
As we draw to the close of Florida Young Artists Orchestra’s 15th year, I would like to thank you for your support of a wonderful season. This was an exceptional year for the FYAO as befitting of a 15th anniversary. Many firsts were achieved and several initiatives where implemented in order to ensure the success of the organization. The Concerto Competition was successfully moved to the fall and despite less time for practice, FYAO had more soloists win than in recent years. Competitors, who did not perform at the Virtuoso Concert, were invited to perform their solos at the Giving Thanks Concert making for a memorable holiday event. The FYAO Symphony performed the complete Saint-Saens’ 3rd Symphony. Remarkably this was the first time an entire symphony was performed by a FYAO ensemble, a difficult feat seldom done by professional orchestras. FYAO collaborated with the Maitland Symphony, Orlando Concert Band, actor John DiDonna, local professional and college musicians in performances throughout the season. FYAO received three grants and obtained sponsorships supporting scholarships for several musicians and FYAO musicians hailed from six counties throughout Central Florida. All of these successes came from the effort, dedication and support of you the FYAO membership. We are not done yet! The Bravo Concert completes the end of the 2012-2013 season and it promises to be an excellent event with ensembles playing their favorite music from the year.
I do have a little sad news to tell as FYAO ends the season. Dr. Mauricio Cespedes Rivero has decided to step down from his position in order to pursue more performance and teaching opportunities in the Orlando area. FYAO was fortunate to have Dr. Cespedes as an Associate Conductor and are happy to have been a part of his introduction to the Orlando community. FYAO wishes him well and I hope many of you share your well wishes with him as well. The hiring committee looks forward to finding a new Associate Conductor during the summer as they interview local teachers and musicians.
Auditions for next season are May 11th, 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th. Please schedule now, as slots fill up quickly! For those interested in a world class summer camp consider FYAO. Camp will be held June 17th to 21st from 9 AM to 3 PM. Classical Jam will be August 25th with the first rehearsal for Symphony and Philharmonic on August 18th. Next year concerts will be held on Sunday and added rehearsals will be held in December. The Concerto Competition will again be in the fall with the Virtuoso Concert being in January. The Board is encouraged by requests for collaboration and new performance venues in the coming season. Next year looks to add to the successes of this season.
It has been my pleasure to serve the FYAO as Board President this season. I enjoyed meeting many of you as parents, future board members, volunteers and musicians. Your membership and support is truly what makes Florida Young Artists Orchestra special.
Florida Young Artists Orchestra