DiGeorgio will lead newly formed FCYO Intermezzo and Debut Strings
Jacksonville, FL (July 14, 2017) – The First Coast Youth Orchestras announced today that it has completed filling out its conducting staff with the addition of Maestro Rocco DiGeorgio to its roster of experience music educators. After resigning from a similar position with the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras, DiGeorgio will take up the baton of the First Coast Youth Orchestras Intermezzo Strings and Debut Strings ensembles – groups catering to young string players from 2nd year beginners through intermediate levels.
DiGeorgio comes to the FCYO with 35 years of experience working with young musicians, both privately and in ensemble. He has served as a guest clinician for many nationally recognized Suzuki violin workshops throughout the United States. Mr. DiGeorgio is founder and director of the Jacksonville Suzuki Strings, an ensemble of 60 young musicians from the Greater Northeast Florida area. He also serves as Music Director for San Juan del Rio Church in St. John’s County and conducts several student orchestras at area private schools. Maestro DiGeorgio received his Bachelor of Music Education from Jacksonville University. Most recently, he served a 14-year tenure as conductor of the JSYO Encore and Foundation Strings 2 ensembles.
“I’m incredibly excited to be able to join the First Coast Youth Orchestras. The excitement that is being generated around this project is off the charts and I’m very much looking forward to bringing up the next generation of talent with this organization,” said DiGeorgio.
Scott Gregg, Artistic Director of the First Coast Youth Orchestras and Community Music School, was enthusiastic about DiGeorgio’s addition to the FCYO’s artistic staff. “The FCYO is a young organization and already we’ve been able to bring onto the staff professionals I’ve respected for years,” said Gregg. DiGeorgio and Judith Steinmeyer, previously announced as Aria Strings conductor, worked alongside Gregg at the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras for over a decade. “I’ve known the passion Judy and Rocky bring to their work and have admired that their priority has always been the kids. I’m just so pleased that we’ve kept a very successful team together with the FCYO. This is going to be incredibly cool!”
The First Coast Youth Orchestras consists of 5 ensembles ranging from ages 7 to 21, from “almost” beginner all the way up to college/pre-conservatory levels. The playing season runs from September through May. Students are admitted through a competitive audition process and the organization is accepting applications right now for the new season. Applications are due by August 5th and comprehensive information about the program can be obtained at their website at www.firstcoastyo.com or by calling 904.515.5092. The FCYO has a generous scholarship program to help defray the tuition costs.
Because of the fast-changing news landscape with this new Youth Orchestra project, the FCYO is extending its early-bird applicant offer. Any application received before 11:59pm on Wednesday, July 19th will receive a $50 tuition credit on their accounts this fall.
About First Coast Youth Orchestras and Community Music School
The First Coast Youth Orchestras and Community Music School is a non-profit, non-degree granting organization dedicated to bringing high quality professional music instruction to students of all ages, abilities & experience, from a broad spectrum of the community, in order to enrich the cultural life of greater Northeast Florida.
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