Orchestras

Students participate in All-State, Javacya recitals, private recitals, concerts, and competitions on a local, state, and national level. Students are also encouraged to attend national and international music camps and provide outlets for performance year-round. Javacya students are heavily involved with the Sphinx Music Organization.

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All FSYO students participate weekly in workshop style classes, recitals, outreach performances, as well as monthly masterclasses, lectures, and group classes, presented by renowned faculty-artists from the States and abroad, plus local graduate students.
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Leander A. Kirksey Youth Orchestra (LAKYO), led by violinist Patrice Floyd, provides string orchestra training to predominantly elementary school-aged student musicians who read music and have at least two years of playing experience on their instruments. Masterclasses presented by renowned faculty-artists from the States and abroad, local university professors, and local graduate students provide mentorship. Weekly rehearsals focus on technique, ensemble performance skills, and standard introductory string repertoire. The LAKYO season includes two performances at local venues. These young artists rehearse weekly on Tuesdays from 5:45 – 7:00 pm.
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Senior Conductor and Assistant Director Ralph Jean-Paul, Conservatory Director Patrice Floyd, and guest Conductor-In-Residence Dr. Julian E. White continue the decades-old tradition of providing advancing students of all ages opportunity to hone their skills while performing alongside music industry professionals, university professors, and graduate students, the most diverse and technically challenging orchestral repertoire in the region.

Baroque, classical, and exciting new works by contemporary composers are among the Orchestra's typical repertoire. The annual seasons feature collaborations with pianist Joanna Sobkowska, trumpeter Longineu Parsons, "The Mad Violinist," tenor Darryl Tookes, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, baritone Marcus Rhodes, soprano Althea Kilgore, Lililita Forbes, and Mark Butler.

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Through works from a variety of composers, the Javacya Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to:

  • Fund the operations of the Javacya Arts Conservatory
  • Enlarge the performance platform for Black and Latinx classically trained artists and feature soloists and ensembles from all ethnicities with the orchestra
  • Perform music by composers from the African Diaspora
  • Collaborate with rising and prominent Black and Latinx composers from all continents
  • Perform all genres of music
  • Feature rising and prominent guests’ conductors from the States and abroad
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