Youth Orchestra Program

Playing with Promise

The Sarasota Orchestra's Youth Orchestra Program has been hailed as one of the most exemplary youth programs in the Southeast. The nationally acclaimed artistic staff, conductors and coaches have created a learning experience for the young musician that is unparalleled in our community.

The philosophy, underlying the program, is to involve all interested children from third grade through high school in classical and symphonic music, both as audience members and musicians. During their 30-week season, seven different orchestras rehearse weekly and play concerts publicly. Students can expand their skills, increase musical knowledge, develop a strong team spirit and most of all have fun with other youth.

To learn more about the ensembles, skill levels, rehearsal times and tuition, please see our rehearsal schedules. Click here for information on auditions or view the concert schedule. Scholarships are available on a need basis, by submitting the application.

Additional information on the groups and private-lesson opportunities is available by contacting the Sarasota Orchestra Education Department at (941) 487-2731.

Young Artists Competition

Getting their Big Break

Congratulations to the 2016 Young Artists Concerto Competition Finalists!
Andrea and Joshua Guaita – Violin/Cello
Joshua Guaita – Piano
Marco Jimenez – Piano
Emily Liu – Piano
Michael Miller – Clarinet
Graeme Sugden – Flute

2017 Dates:

TBA

Each year, up-and-coming young musicians from across the region compete for the opportunity to perform as soloists in a concert with the Sarasota Orchestra. This is a valuable chance to make a professional debut, what many accomplished artists wait years for.

The Young Artists Concerto Competition winners perform at our Side-by-Side concert in February. Tickets are available for purchase by calling the box office at (941) 953-3434 or (866) 508-0611.

The Edward and Ida Wilkof Young Artists Concerto Competition was established in 1966. The Wilkofs wanted to plant a seed in talented youth and encourage them to aspire to professional heights. The couple’s endowment is an outgrowth of the artistic devotion Mr. Wilkof has shown to the Sarasota Orchestra for decades, as a generous philanthropist and longtime member of the orchestra’s Board of Directors.

 

Outreach

Sarasota Orchestra Delivers

Ever had a craving after you saw, smelled or tasted something for the first time? Like the ads with ooey, gooey cheese dripping off a slice of pizza that make your mouth begin to water. Well the Sarasota Orchestra recognizes that many of their "regulars" may not even be the ones sitting in their audiences, because they may have never even sampled a symphony.

Without the right taste in your mouth, why would one go out to eat? You're drawn to what you know, have experienced and loved. To cater to the vast majority of "boomers" and younger who have never tasted live, classical music for themselves, the Sarasota Orchestra has beefed up its menu to provide a delivery service of sorts.

In any given week, the Orchestra's musicians may be found throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties, entertaining, coaching and educating both children and adults. Building community connections is perhaps the most important component of the Orchestra's future.

Through its generous sponsors, the Sarasota Orchestra makes frequent, no-cost visits to schools to dish out ensemble concerts and music demonstrations. It also provides special performances in underserved special-needs classrooms and after-school programs. The Orchestra even makes field trips to local preschools. They serve up neighborhood Musical Mornings and Classical Conversations (concert previews) that coincide with Masterworks performances held at the Symphony Center. No one is too young or too old to savor a piece of music's "supreme" pie.

After visiting its neighbors, the Sarasota Orchestra invites friends over to its house for musical feasts with a little something for everyone. The Young Person’s Concert, exclusively presented to fourth- and fifth-graders each year, is one of the house favorites. There is also the Side-by-Side Concert, sprinkled with kids off the block and spotlighting the Youth Philharmonic and Young Artist Concerto Competition winners.

Now, who wouldn't want a slice of that?

For more information on supporting the Sarasota Orchestra's outreach efforts or to discuss an event arrangement, call the Education Office at (941) 487-2731 or use our contact form.

Summer Music Camp

Classical Camp with an Unclassic Twist

This is not your mother’s summer camp. There are no lessons in tent pitching, just pitch-perfect practice. Instead of sleeping under the stars, you’ll serenade some of history’s most stellar. Repetition of dignified anthems will replace flag ceremony. You’ll have fun skipping rocks octave to octave, rather than across the lake. And your playful counselors will help you scale up harmonic trails instead of hillsides.

But one camp staple remains unchanged. Participants will leave the Summer Music Camp with friendships and memories to last a lifetime.

School-aged children on summer break can maintain or gain musical skills during the Sarasota Orchestra’s summer program June 26 – July 14, 2017. Offering the perfect escape from hot Florida summer days, campers will enjoy this three-week musical adventure in an air-conditioned concert hall. No prior experience is required, this camp is open to students of all abilities and is the ideal time for a beginner to try out a musical instrument or for intermediate and advanced students to hone their own skills or sample something new. Activities for string, wind, brass and percussion students include daily rehearsals in a large ensemble, a technique class, and skill-building in a rhythm class. Classes are kept to manageable sizes, so every student receives individual attention. 

Dates & Times

Strings

June 26 – July 14, 2017
9:00 am -12:00 pm (M-F)

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Bass

Students must have completed second grade.

Band

June 26 – July 14, 2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (M-F)

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet
  • Bassoon
  • Saxophone
  • Horn
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Percussion

Students must have completed fifth grade.

 

As part of the experience, students will present recitals in Holley Hall in the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Family members are invited to attend.

There is no audition for placement, therefore, availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Enroll early to reserve your space.

Young Person's Concerts

You Must Be Under 60” Tall to Ride

Welcome to the Sarasota Orchestra Young Person's Concert. Oncoming riders please secure all loose items you are carrying with you, as you may experience unexpected highs and lows, sharp twists and turns. Sit facing forward in an upright position with your head, back and shoulders against the seat and hold on to your armrests until each ride comes to a full and complete stop. At that time you may feel moved to clap or cheer wildly. We welcome your excitement and want to feel what you’re feeling.

One warning: the rides you are about to embark on are not for the faint of heart. While moving, you may experience extraordinary emotions – weightlessness, a pounding in your chest, G-force flashes that seem to accelerate you downward one moment and upwards the next. Not to worry thrill-seekers, this is all part of the adventure.

Each year, a different program is developed and delivered to nearly 10,000 Manatee and Sarasota County fourth- and fifth-graders who are invited to a special event in the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Teachers who want to prepare their students for the program can contact the Education Department for a curriculum packet (941) 487-2731.

The Orchestra is committed to educating youth about the joys of classical music both as active participants and as audience members. The Orchestra believes music is an essential and equal part of the total school curriculum and while our concerts cannot replace sequential arts education programs, they are designed to accentuate them. By tailoring a live concert for children, the Sarasota Orchestra is helping schools meet and exceed the Florida Sunshine Standards in the Arts and deepen the work in the classroom. For additional information, contact the please contact the Sarasota Orchestra Education Department at (941) 487-2731.

Thank you for your interest (and to the generous sponsors who make this possible) and enjoy the rides!

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Youth Orchestra Program

Playing with Promise

The Sarasota Orchestra's Youth Orchestra Program has been hailed as one of the most exemplary youth programs in the Southeast. The nationally acclaimed artistic staff, conductors and coaches have created a learning experience for the young musician that is unparalleled in our community.

The philosophy, underlying the program, is to involve all interested children from third grade through high school in classical and symphonic music, both as audience members and musicians. During their 30-week season, seven different orchestras rehearse weekly and play concerts publicly. Students can expand their skills, increase musical knowledge, develop a strong team spirit and most of all have fun with other youth.

To learn more about the ensembles, skill levels, rehearsal times and tuition, please see our rehearsal schedules. Click here for information on auditions or view the concert schedule. Scholarships are available on a need basis, by submitting the application.

Additional information on the groups and private-lesson opportunities is available by contacting the Sarasota Orchestra Education Department at (941) 487-2731.

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Reviews

Written byHerald Tribune

 There's no doubt, audiences are thrilled by the Sarasota Orchestra's new music director, Anu Tali. She's brought an intense energy from the orchestra in previous performances and we found this yet again in a downright thrill ride of an encounter...  

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 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

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 Every section and soloist within the orchestra played their role with strength and beauty; every tree proud and tall. Tali served as an excellent guide leading the forces with assured confidence. The overall sound was lush and, yes, intense just where it needed to be.  

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 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

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 A lifetime of musical moments, cinematic in scope, gave every section of the orchestra a leading role at one time or another. Chief among them was the virtuosic solo of concertmaster Daniel Jordan.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Tali conveyed a clear vision for the dramatic outline of this symphony, carefully pacing the darker, searching character of the music with pastoral conversations among voices in the orchestra.  

Written byThe Observer

 If you haven’t seen Tali yet, this will be a great introduction to the skyrocketing conductor who’s quickly becoming a household name around the world. You’ll see why we feel we’re lucky to have her here.  

Written byThe Observer

 Andrew Lane, the Orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, knows how to program a winning event and this concert had something for everyone. It also brought in a whole new audience that seemed dazzled by the performances.  

Written byThe Observer

 The Sarasota Orchestra played a program this past weekend filled with so much color, it was like visiting the Louvre.  

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