The Sinfonia Youth Orchestra program is a training orchestra in Northwest Florida and consists of more than 50 students who perform throughout the school year in one of two ensembles: The Sinfonietta Strings or the Sinfonia Youth Orchestra.

Sinfonietta String’s membership is open to developing string players, with at least two years of lessons, or recommendations from their music teachers. Sinfonietta Strings is a training program to prepare the musicians to move up to the full orchestra. Weekly rehearsals will begin on Sunday, Aug. 27, from 1- 2:30 p.m. in the band room of Choctawhatchee High School on Racetrack Road in Fort Walton Beach.

The Sinfonia Youth Orchestra — under the director of Music Director Liz Aylor — is a full orchestra of more than 40 talented young musicians ranging in age from sixth to 12th grade. Advanced string, woodwind, brass and percussionists make up the core of the youth orchestra. Membership is now open to any qualified musician. Weekly rehearsals for the Sinfonia Youth Orchestra will begin on Sunday, Aug. 27, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the band room at Choctawhatchee High School.

Participation in either youth group requires a membership fee of $125 for the fall term. The Sinfonietta Strings and Sinfonia Youth Orchestra perform annual fall and spring concerts at Grace Lutheran Church in Destin. The Sinfonia Youth Orchestra program is sponsored by Sinfonia Gulf Coast — which was founded in 2005 on Florida’s Northwest Gulf Coast with the mission of redefining the symphony experience — and is supported by individual contributions.

For more information about these programs, visit www.SinfoniaGulfCoast.org/education or contact Aylor at 850-651-4308.