Mission: To foster the education, development and creativity of young musicians through orchestral ensemble performance.
The Sinfonia Youth Orchestra program is the premier training orchestra in Northwest Florida and consists of more than sixty students who participate in a variety of ensembles that perform throughout the school year.
The largest ensemble, the Sinfonia Youth Orchestra (SYO), consists of the full complement of instruments from the orchestra with primary membership being the older, more advanced students. The youth strings or Sinfonietta Strings, focuses on developing beginning string students to prepare them for the full orchestra. Additionally, students engage in chamber music ensembles and participate in master classes given by visiting guest artists and current principal musicians from Sinfonia Gulf Coast.
Music Director of the Sinfonia Youth Orchestras is Liz Aylor. Ms. Aylor holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Heidelberg University and Master of Arts Degree from Case Western Reserve University. Her efforts have been featured in numerous string education publications and more recently in “Florida Monthly” magazine. She is a member of the Association of String Teachers of America (ASTA), is a Suzuki Association of the Americas accredited instructor and taught in the Okaloosa public schools for more than thirty-five years.