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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.

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For several years (1991-1992) as a child I played in the South Florida Youth Symphony with you as my conductor. I am reaching out to you to say thank you for the years of support you gave me with my music development, not only through your role as conductor, but also by graciously allowing me to ride with you every week to rehearsals.In the fall of last year, I had the opportunity to play in Carnegie Hall again (this time playing handbells), and it brought back so many memories from our trip with the SFYS, which was my first time in NY. It brings joy to my heart to see that you are still very involved with the South Florida Youth Symphony.

Alis Nikolson, Alis.Nikolson@jetblue.com

Discipline, passion, artistry, connecting with people of different backgrounds; are all qualities that I have learned from my time at SFYS. These are qualities that I carry throughout my career as a professional musician and educator

Edward J. Ercilla, M.M.E - Director of Bands and Orchestra - Doral Performing Arts and Entertainment Academy

Being part of the South Florida Youth Symphony has given me opportunities that I would not have otherwise. The ensemble experiences provided me with valuable skills, both musical and personal, such as responsibility, dedication and a work ethic.

Kathy Do, business owner - Private violin teacher

SFYS played an important role for me as a young musician.  I remember feeling a part of the team when I played in the orchestra. Preparing music for seating auditions, performances, and sectionals helped me develop a process for discipline that I've sharpened and maintained in my professional life.

Daniel Andai, Dean of Music - New World School of the Arts, Concertmaster Miami Symphony

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