Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras Reaching Out Across County Lines
The Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras with more than 300 members this season is also reaching out across county lines. The JSYO has announced that it will partner with Wehner School of the Arts at 430 College Drive in Middleburg to provide a Clay County site for students seeking involvement with the youth orchestras. JSYO is under the direction of Scott C. Gregg, Youth Orchestra Music Director and Principal Conductor. The Clay County site conductor is Symphony Teaching Artist and violinist Naira Underwood-Cola. This will be the second site for JSYO and is designed to serve young string instruments musicians who are not yet enrolled in the program and who are brand new to instrumental study or in the beginning to intermediate stages. Florida State College at Jacksonville South Campus hosts the other practice site.
The JSYO served 285 young musicians ages 7 to 21 last year who are admitted through a competitive audition process (or interview for Foundation Strings I) and placed in one of the six levels of ensembles based on their ability. JSYO performs several concerts each season. Its next scheduled performance is the Holiday Concert on Monday, December 5 at 7pm. The concert is free and open to the public.
“We believe that this expansion is just the first step in bringing JSYO’s top level of music education to many more children in Northeast Florida and continue our leadership role in providing symphonic music education,” said Kathryn Rudolph, Director of Education and Community Engagement for the Jacksonville Symphony. “We are grateful to the Wehner School of the Arts for their commitment.”