The Florence Symphony Youth Orchestra

The FSYO is a talented group of approximately 22 students in grades 6-12, primarily from Florence but including members from the extended Pee Dee Region. The FSYO offers students an important ensemble outlet for their musical abilities, which have a demonstrated benefit on academic outcomes. Students who learn to play an instrument develop advanced motor skills, learn to socialize with all types of people and obtain a respect for history, hard-work and the importance of practice, perseverance, and patience.  

In addition, through its outreach, the FSYO exposes thousands of other children in the area to classical music and orchestral instruments. For many local youth, it is the only such exposure they will enjoy during their formative years.

The FSYO is a branch of the Florence Symphony Orchestra.

2017-2018 Florence Symphony Youth Orchestra musicians.

The FSYO is under Mr. Richard Hyman for the 2017-2018 season. This is his first year with the FSYO. Mr. Hyman teaches music at Sneed Middle School in Florence. He is a recent college graduate and extremely relatable to his students. In addition, Mr. Hyman recognizes the importance of music education and outreach within the Florence community.

The FSYO is currently accepting Audition Applications, please see the FSYO Audition page for more details.

Rehearsals for the FSYO 2017-18 season will begin on January 7th, 2018.

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