South Florida Youth Symphony seeking musicians, ages 4-21

South Florida Youth Symphony seeking musicians, ages 4-21

Young musicians are finding an opportunity to make music as part of the South Florida Youth Symphony.

The South Florida Youth Symphony (SFTS), one of the nation’s premier youth music organizations, is seeking young musicians, ages 4-21, to join this prestigious group for its 52nd season.

“This is an excellent opportunity for musically inclined youth to learn from our faculty of world-class teachers, improve their skills and become part of the South Florida Youth Symphony,” said Marjorie Hahn, the Youth Symphony’s musical and executive director. “In addition, the musical training they will receive as a member of the Youth Symphony can lead to college scholarships.”

The SFYS, which has performed nationally (including two times at Carnegie Hall in New York) and internationally, will be traveling to Washington, DC, in January 2017 to perform at the prestigious Heritage Music Festival. As part of that festival, members of the symphony will have seats for the Presidential inauguration.

Musicians from throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties comprise the South Florida Youth Symphony, which holds classes on Sunday afternoons in the Pawley Creative Arts Center (Building 5000) at the Miami-Dade College North Campus, 11380 NW 27 Ave.

“We’ve been able to significantly expand our teaching programs in recent years, and we’re currently seeking a wide range of musicians from beginning to advanced, including strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion performers,” said Hahn, who’s stepfather, the late Carmen Nappo, founded the organization more than a half century ago.

Cost of joining the SFYS for a full year (August-May) is $450 (siblings, $395). A $100 deposit per student is required and monthly payments are available. Once the deposit is paid, need based scholarships applications are considered.

“No student is ever turned away because of financial concerns,” Hahn said. “That is something we’re very proud of.”

For more information and/or to arrange an audition, contact the South Florida Youth Symphony via email at or phone at 305-238-2729.

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