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Testimonials

Throughout the many years of operation, the South Florida Youth Symphony has been a pathway to success, both in the music world and in life.  Here are just a few examples of the influence the SFYS has had on some former members.

Fond memories or people:

I started with the youth symphony when I was in 10th grade. It was nice because there were quite a few people from where I went to school way down in Homestead (South Dade Sr. High; Anthony, Evan, Sara, Faye, Andrew, and my sisters Lori and Debbie), boy that was a long drive every Sunday to Miami Shores, lol. Anyway, I started out on violin my first year or so with the symphony, then Mrs. Hahn approached me to start playing the viola. So I did. 🙂 The people that I want to send a shout out to are: my South Dade clan, also Mrs. Hahn, Mr. Walters, Alex Miglio, Gio Garcia, Alina Matusow, and Jouvanca Jean-Baptiste (I miss you girl!! BEATLES #1!!). Thanks for the good times and awesome memories!! 🙂

Karen Martin, Viola, Violin 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999

I have a very rewarding career as a Professional Oboist where I currently live in North Carolina, performing with several Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. I am currently a member of the music faculty at Wake Forest University and Salem College. I am blessed with a large private oboe studio and serve as a woodwind coach to students in the Youth Orchestras in our region.

Fond memories or people:

The South Florida Youth Symphony was instrumental in the early development of my music career.
We played all original Symphonic literature!!!!! The music was challenging and rewarding.
My fondest memories are performing as soloist several times (including the Bach Double Concerto with Hillary Hahn- Hi Hillary!!!!),having the opportunity to conduct the Youth Symphony and our incredible trip to Carnegie Hall.
I have the most wonderful memories of Ms. Hahn and her superb leadership.

Anna Lampidis, Oboe 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990

Fond memories or people:

I have too many great memories to even list! I played violin and later viola under Peter Fuchs and Marjorie Hahn, I soloed, conducted and was twice awarded a scholarship to attend summer camp at Sewanee. I also have great people-memories - Melanie Moseley, Marla Englander, Alan Mingo, Sharon Markey, Mike Robinson... the list goes on and on. If anyone from those days ever drops in, I'd love to catch up!

Robert Schrager, Violin 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983

I ultimately attended Miami Dade College on a music scholarship, but unfortunately did not complete my studies or go on to a career in music. I live in North Carolina, and have been a paralegal for the last 35 years.

Fond memories or people:

I have fond memories of Carmen Nappo and my fellow musicians at the Sunday rehearsals and concerts at the North Miami Beach Auditorium. I attended with my best friend, Penny Bolt (french horn - now deceased), and violinst, Phil Tempkins, who lives in Broward County. I remember what a joy it was meeting and getting to perform with folks from all over Dade County.

Betsy Wharton Crittenden, Clarinet 1968, 1969