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Auditions for Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra this week
Auditions for Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra this week

Tampa, FL -- Young musicians looking for orchestra experience may wish to audition for the the highly acclaimed Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra (PCYO) at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. Placement auditions will be held Tuesday, Jan. 4 and Wednesday, Jan. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. each day.

Gregory Ruffer, PCYO artistic director, says the orchestra is a training ground for the development of exceptional musicians; many PCYO students have gone on to receive university scholarships in music and to work professionally in the field of music.

Comprised of youth aged seven to 20, PCYO has performed twice at Carnegie Hall in New York City, by invitation, and with the New World Symphony in Miami, and elsewhere.

In addition to receiving the finest musical training, PCYO students participate in unique experiences they can’t get elsewhere. For example, PCYO students play for hundreds of music enthusiasts prior to Florida Orchestra concerts at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Together, students recently attended a Florida Orchestra concert, and will similarly attend the Pink Martini concert in April at the Straz Center.

PCYO students also will get to travel to Jacksonville, to work with members of the Jacksonville Symphony and participate in the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra Festival in June! This festival will include orchestras from Jacksonville and Tallahassee; PCYO was invited by the Jacksonville Symphony.

PCYO, part of the non-profit Straz Center, includes the Intermezzo Orchestra and the Patel Conservatory Chamber Orchestra. Intermezzo Orchestra is an intermediate ensemble of string players who have good basic playing skills and are learning the skills necessary to be in the advanced orchestra.

To sign up for an audition, call 813-222-1002. There is a $15 fee to audition. As part of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, the Patel Conservatory offers classes in music, theater and dance year-round for children and adults of all ages and experience levels.

More information is available online at www.patelconservatory.org.

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