The Metropolitan Area Youth Symphony was conceived to continue the legacy of its inspiration and honorary founder, Jonathan May. Since 1984, Mr. May followed his dream of bringing a well-rounded music education to thousands of young students of the Central Florida community. His wife, Mrs. Maureen May and close friend Mr. Michael Miller, themselves distinguished musicians and teachers, founded this orchestra to further Mr. May's life's mission. The MAYS features eight orchestral groups throughout the Orlando and Lake County areas spanning beginner, intermediate and advanced skill levels, as well as a variety of chamber ensemble opportunities, theory and composition, workshops, and a recital series. With classes and direction by those dedicated to the musical mission of Mr. May, the MAYS is a testament to his commitment and to his influence.
Chamber Symphony—The foundation of this select group is made of the most experienced strings students. Other musical instrumentation is added to complement the selections being performed, and professional guest artists are often featured. The Chamber Symphony indicates a serious level of skill and dedication, and requires a focused attention to detail.
Sundays - 3:45- 5:45pm
Lyric Consort—The Lyric Consort is for students at the advanced-beginning to the intermediate performance levels. This ensemble provides a chamber setting for young string musicians to develop their ability to play with other string instruments, requiring a focused attention on tone, intonation, bow control and other aspects of string playing. This ensemble is for the serious string player, and provides the opportunity for strong development as a string musician. Repertoire is chosen to specifically improved technique and to promote music appreciation.
Sundays - 1:30-3:30pm
Concert Strings—The Concert Strings is an entry-level group for beginning string players ages 9 and older and has been developed to help the budding string musicians learn to listen and play music with other string players. This ensemble provides students with the opportunity to work closely with peers and instructors to learn the first levels of playing together and mastering the string instruments.
Sundays - 4:30-5:45pm
String Explorers—A place for beginning musicians ages 5 to 8. In the String Explorers, students learn the essentials of strings playing for the first time. Students work on techniques like how to play a string instrument, read music, and play in an ensemble. Emphasis is placed on instructing the new musician with basic techniques and fundamentals while learning to play in an ensemble.
Sundays - 3:00-4:30pm
How to Join - MAYS Lake County Application and Audition Process
MAYS Application - Application must be completed for membership in MAYS.
Tuition/Payments - Make payments to MAYS online.
Scholarship - Learn more about scholarship opportunities available through the Jonathan May Foundation.
MAYS of Lake County Auditions - Students in the Chamber Symphony and Lyric Consort are required to take placement auditions.
Orchestra Policies - Attendance Policy, Concert Dress, and other details.
Student Opportunities - Sign up for theory and composition classes, chamber groups, MAYS recitals, workshops, masterclasses, MAYS concerto competition, or private lessons.