Southwest Florida Symphony hosts Youth Orchestra auditions on Aug. 26

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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Heights Center
15570 Hagie Dr Fort Myers, FL 33908

The Southwest Florida Symphony, Lee County’s only professional orchestra and the fourth oldest in the state, is holding auditions for its Youth Orchestra on Saturday, Aug. 26. Auditions will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Heights Center at 15570 Hagie Dr., Fort Myers. Individual audition times will be assigned up registration.


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The Youth Orchestra is an advanced level orchestra conducted by Roland Forti. Forti earned his bachelor’s degree in music education and music performance from the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University and currently serves as the orchestra and chorus director at Oakridge Middle School, conductor of the Naples Summer Music Camp and the chair of the Florida All-State Orchestra. Select students in the Youth Orchestra may also be privately coached and participate in youth ensembles performing at various public events during the concert season.


Professional musical instruction, coaching and performance opportunities are also available to elementary, middle and high school music students in the community through a partnership with the Southwest Florida Symphony and The Heights Center MOSAIC, or Musical Opportunities Supporting the Arts in Our Community, program. MOSAIC is the only program of its kind to offer a full symphony orchestra experience to students. As students grow and become more accomplished at their chosen instrument, they advance to the MOSAIC intermediate level orchestra which is conducted by Katrina Rozmus. Rozmus is a violinist and violist with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in violin performance mainly under the tutelage of Andres Cardenes, the former concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony.