Professional musical instruction, coaching, and performance opportunities are available to elementary, middle, and high school music students in the community through the Southwest Florida Symphony’s youth orchestra and The Heights Center’s MOSAIC program. MOSAIC is the acronym meaning Musical Opportunities Supporting the Arts in Our Community. As students grow and become more accomplished at their chosen instrument they advance to the MOSAIC intermediate-level orchestra which Katrina Rozmus conducts. For more information about The Heights Center’s MOSAIC program click here.
The advanced-level youth orchestra, which requires an audition, is under the guidance of Roland Forti. Additionally, select students have the opportunity for private coaching and may participate in youth ensembles. These ensembles perform at various public events throughout the concert season, showcasing their growing talents. Supporting the youth orchestra represents a significant investment in the musical and cultural development of students in the community.
Katrina Rozmus is a violinist/violist who resides in Southwest Florida. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in violin performance mainly under the tutelage of Andres Cardenes, the former concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Ms. Rozmus spent a few years in Mexico as the assistant concertmaster of the Yucatan Symphony and principal second of the Sinaloa Symphony Orchestra. While in Sinaloa, she also taught lessons and music theory at a private middle/high school. After returning to the states, Ms. Rozmus became the strings director/music department head at the Cypress Lake Center for the Arts (2010-2014). In June 2016, Ms. Rozmus led the Saint Augustine Music Festival Chamber Orchestra as concertmaster. Currently she plays as a contracted per service violinist with the Naples Philharmonic, subs with the Sarasota Orchestra, coaches a string quartet of the Southwest Florida Youth Orchestra, and is an area instructor for violin and viola held in high regard.
Youth Orchestra Conductor
Roland Forti earned his bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Music Performance from the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University. While at FGCU, he studied with Judy Evans and Patrick Neal, taught Pre-kindergarten violin instruction with MusicScores! in underserved schools, and was the founder and past president of the FGCU student chapter of ASTA. In 2020, Mr. Forti earned his master’s degree from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. During his time at UNCG, he studied with Dr. Rebecca MacLeod and Margorie Bagley, received a full UNCG Assistantship, taught at Peck and Cone Elementary Schools, and served as director of the Peck Alumni Leadership Program. Mr. Forti is currently the orchestra & chorus director at Oakridge Middle School, conductor of the Naples Summer Music Camp, and the Florida All-State Orchestra Chair.
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