The Music School offices will be closed the week of July 17-21, 2017 due to summer camp hours off-campus. We’ll be returning to normal summer hours July 24. Have a great week!
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
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FIRST COAST YOUTH ORCHESTRAS founded in Northeast Florida
Region’s talented musicians to join area’s newest Music Education initiative
Jacksonville, FL (July 7, 2017) —- A major new arts education program has been created in North Florida. The First Coast Youth Orchestras has been founded under the auspices of the First Coast Community Music School as a large ensemble program catering to young musicians from the First Coast ages 7 through 21. The announcement was made by Tami Chacon, Administrative Director and Camille Clement Gregg, Director of Marketing and Development.
The First Coast Youth Orchestras will enroll up to 300 students, playing in five levels of ensembles covering a diverse range of abilities, starting with the youngest string players in Debut Strings and progressing through Intermezzo Strings and Aria Strings. More experienced players will join the two full orchestra programs. The Youth Philharmonic will be for advancing Middle and High School instrumentalists and the Youth Symphony for advanced High School, College, and Pre-Conservatory students. A chamber music program will be offered for musicians in its top two orchestras.
FCYO’s season will run from September through May with regular rehearsals on the weekends. The season will consist of four concerts, with the Inaugural Concert being presented on Saturday, November 18th, 2017 at the University of North Florida’s Lazzara Concert Hall.
FCYO will present a unique experience to its students in that the Youth Orchestra will be a division of the First Coast Community Music School, a non-profit educational institution founded in 2004 by Gregg and local philanthropist James Winston. FCCMS has more than 200 students studying with experienced area professional musicians in private lessons and chamber music.
Heading the program is Maestro Scott Gregg, Executive Director of the First Coast Community Music School and 22-year veteran as Music Director of the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras. Gregg will conduct both the Youth Symphony and the Youth Philharmonic and serve as Artistic Director of the FCYO. “The enthusiasm this project has generated in student musicians all over the First Coast, along with the 60+ years of combined experience our conducting staff has had nurturing a culture of excellence in young musicians, and the potential for innovative programming between the School and the Youth Orchestras is going to be a powerful combination. The most successful youth orchestra programs across the country are independent of any parent symphony and I’m looking forward to testing how far we can grow,” said Gregg.
Serving alongside Gregg will be Maestra Judith Steinmeyer, another veteran of area youth ensemble programs as well as an accomplished teacher. Steinmeyer will take charge of the Aria Strings. “I was honored when asked to join the FCYO team. I could not pass up the opportunity to work with advancing string players in this newly formed organization,” said Steinmeyer. The conductors for Intermezzo and Debut Strings have just been engaged and will be announced in the next week.
The First Coast Youth Orchestras will have an active Board of Directors as well as Parent Booster Association. Founding Board member, Mrs. Ronald Masucci (Susan), says “it’s a testament to Maestro Gregg and his artistic and administrative staff that they are committed to continuing their lifelong dedication developing the best young musicians in Northeast Florida.” Community Music School patrons, Pete and Marilyn Carpenter, said, “we’re thrilled to see the Music School join forces with this new exciting Youth Orchestra. The combination will make an immense impact on the area’s talented youth.”
The FCYO is NOW ACCEPTING applications for membership with auditions in mid-August with the season kicking off in September. Visit www.firstcoastyo.com to apply or for more information, and LIKE us on Facebook at facebook.com/firstcoastyo.
First Coast Community Music School has two wonderful camps available this summer:
- Intermediate Strings Camp held July 17-21, 2017 featuring instructors Brian and Carol Griffin
- Beginner Piano Camp held July 31-August 11, 2017 featuring instructor Chelsea Chacon
To get more information or register for these camps, please see our Summer Camp section.
Due to Hurricane Hermine and the Labor Day holiday, FCCMS will reopen on Tuesday, September 6.
We’re gearing up for Summer 2016 and a great selection of camps for our musicians from around the First Coast. Info should be available soon for all our offerings. Stay tuned!