The FSYO is a talented group of approximately 27 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.

The FSYO is a branch of the Florence Symphony Orchestra.


October 28, 2018
FMU Performing Arts Center

April 14, 2019
FMU Performing Arts Center

*Free to the public

The FSYO is currently seeking strings and french horn players.

Please email the following to florencesymphonyyouth@gmail.com to audition:

1) A recording of the student playing a solo (mp3 or video format is acceptable)

2) A recording of the student playing C, D and G scales

Rehearsals for the 2018-2019 season begin September 9, 2018. Rehearsals are held every Sunday from 2 – 4 pm at Sneed Middle School.

Sneed Middle School 1102 S. Ebenezer Rd.

FSYO musicians, please submit a notice of your absence from any FSYO rehearsal or event here.

Mr. Ricky Hyman
Youth Orchestra Conductor

Mr. Hyman is the Director of Bands at Sneed Middle School. He is currently in his 3rd year of teaching and previously attended the University of South Carolina.

Mr. Hyman is a native of Pelion, South Carolina and attended Pelion High School. Upon graduation at the University of South Carolina, he received a Bachelor’s of Music Degree in Music Education. His most inspiring teachers were Dr. Brad Edwards, Dr. Jayme Taylor and Dr. Rebecca Phillips.

In his short time of being the director, Mr. Hyman’s students have enjoyed success. His students have earned chairs in City, District and Region Bands. The Sneed Middle School Concert Band also earned a Superior with Distinction, the highest rating a band can receive, at Concert Performance Assessment. As well as being the Band Director at Sneed, Mr. Hyman is the Assistant Director of Bands at West Florence High School as well the Conductor for the Florence Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Mr. Hyman’s professional affiliations include being a member of the South Carolina Band Directors Association, South Carolina Music Educators Association, and the International Trombone Association.

In his down time, Mr. Hyman enjoys being active outdoors as well spending time with friends.