The Youth Symphony is a full orchestra for advanced and pre-professional students of orchestral literature. This is a full symphony orchestra with approximately 75 instrumentalists comprised of woodwinds, brass, percussion, harp, keyboards and a full string complement. Musicians in the First Coast Youth Symphony are primarily High School and College-aged students and will admit the most advanced young instrumentalists in the area. Many of its members started in the String Ensembles and/or Youth Philharmonic and earned their positions through their growth in experience and skill. Youth Symphony musicians have the opportunity to perform the standard orchestra literature in the original editions. Repertoire is chosen to challenge and prepare young musicians for the future – whether studying at the conservatory level or embarking upon a lifetime of musical appreciation. Weekly rehearsals and in-depth sectionals with professional musicians and conductors, several concerts each season. Comparable levels – ASTA and FBA Grade 5 and above.
Young Artists Competition
Youth Symphony musicians can compete to have the opportunity to perform as soloists with the FCYO Youth Symphony on the Spring Gala.
Each Fall at the very start of the season, the Youth Symphony will take a 3 day weekend and travels to a regional retreat center for a weekend of intensive rehearsals, coachings/sectionals, bonding and team-building, not to mention roasting ‘Smores over the campfire and the ever popular Scavenger Hunt! This event is always a highlight of our season.
Youth Symphony musicians have the opportunity to participate in our Chamber Music Program. Chamber musicians work to explore repertory for small groups of 2, 3, 4 or more with individual coaches. Chamber music group can expect to perform several times during the year. Our chamber music season runs generally from January to March with a finite number of rehearsals before or after the main orchestra rehearsal.
Typical Youth Symphony concerts will include a wide variety from the standard symphonic literature.
- Respighi – Pines of Rome
- Dvorak – Carnival Overture
- Elgar – Enigma Variations
- Tchaikovsky – Capriccio Italien
- Tchaikovsky – Suite from Swan Lake
- Rimsky-Korsakov – Capriccio Espagnole
- Holst – The Planets
- Dvorak – Symphony No. 8
- Enescu – Roumanian Rhapsody #1
- Copland – Four Dances Episodes from “Rodeo”
- Brahms – Symphony No. 4
- Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 6 “Pathetique”
- Mussorgsky/Ravel – “Pictures at an Exhibition”
- Dvorak – Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”
- Rachmaninoff – Symphonic Dances
- Copland – Four Dances Episodes from Rodeo
- Offenbach – Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld
- Mussorgsky/Rimsky-Korsakov – Night on Bald Mountain
- Wagner – Tannhauser Overture
- Wagner – Prelude to Die Meistersinger
- Wagner – Seigfried’s Trauermarsch from Götterdaemerung
- Each season also features a special Holiday music concert with many seasonal favorites.