Broadening and strengthening its music education initiative on the
recently announced the founding of Sinfonia Gulf Coast Youth Orchestra.
More than 50 Okaloosa and
students from the Northwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra will transition into the new program. The youth orchestra will consist of two ensembles, the Sinfonia Youth Orchestra (SYO), the largest, will feature the full complement of instruments with primary memberships being the older more advanced students, and Sinfonietta Strings, which will focus on developing beginning string students to prepare them for the full orchestra.
“The incorporation of youth orchestra program into Sinfonia is an incredible opportunity, enhances our music education program and enables the organization to reach a wider demographic of students," said Demetrius Fuller, Sinfonia's music and artistic director. "We are fortunate to have one of the region’s most respected and experienced educators at the helm."
Liz Aylor has joined Sinfonia as the director of the youth orchestra. She comes from NWFSC, where she was director the college's youth orchestra program for 12 years. Aylor holds a Bachelor of Music Education from
and a Master of Arts degree from
. She has been featured in numerous publications, most recently "Florida Monthly" magazine. She is a member of the Association of String Teachers of America (ASTA), a Suzuki Association of the
accredited instructor and taught in the
for more than 35 years.
Both ensemble orchestras have recently returned from a performance at Universal Studios in
and are preparing for their first combined public performance Sunday, May 18 at 3 p.m. at
4325 Commons Dr.
, Destin. The event is free and open to the public.