Youth
Orchestra

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.

YOUTH ORCHESTRA FORMS AND APPLICATIONS

SPRING 2024 ONLINE AUDITIONS NOW OPEN!

New Members

Click to fill out the Youth Orchestra AUDITION REGISTRATION FORM

Returning Members

Click to fill out the RETURNING YO Students Registration Form

 Information

Click for AUDITION DETAILS

Click to download our SEASON REHEARSAL & CONCERT CALENDAR

Click to view our HEIGHTS CENTER REHEARSAL LOCATION MAP

Click to fill out the NEED-BASED TUITION SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Katrina Rozmus,

MOSAIC Conductor

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.

Roland forti,

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.

Summer Orchestra Camp

The Southwest Florida Symphony is pleased to be offering an intensive, two-week summer orchestra camp in mid-July for intermediate and advanced-level string, woodwind, brass, and percussion players. Students will be divided into intermediate and advanced groups, with an opportunity to also join together each day. Our goal is to provide quality symphonic training and performance experience for young musicians in the Lee County area in a fast-paced, fun and safe environment.

The schedule includes two orchestras, four varied rehearsals, daily guest clinicians, masterclasses, and a combined orchestra final concert! Students bring their own bag lunches each day (refrigerator available), or purchase a boxed lunch provided daily from an area restaurant. Cost is $350 per week and limited partial scholarships available (request through application).

Application will be available on our website in the spring. Audition requirements include a conductor or teacher recommendation, one year ensemble experience, and a 3-minute prepared video audition.

Thank You to our Youth Orchestra Chair Sponsors!

Roland forti

Youth Orchestra Conductor

Richard Prescott & DJ Arnold

Violin Section Sponsor

Michael & Monica Thomas

 

Viola Section Sponsor

Fort Myers Women’s Community Club

Cello Section Sponsor

Hannah Cho

String Coach

Liz Marnul

Isaac Hernández

Percussion Coach

Liz Marnul

Bill Larsen

Woodwind Coach

Liz Marnul

Please contact the symphony office to sponsor the Youth Orchestra (239) 418-0996.

Thank You To Our Sponsors & Partners

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