Some 300 Flagler County students of all ages are learning to play a string instrument, performing for the community, and discovering the gift of music at little to no cost to their families. That is the purpose of the Flagler Youth Orchestra.

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Stories from FYO Parents and Students

Thanks to El Gervasio

Now that I’ve grown into an adult, I’d like to formally thank El Gervasio for being such a significant and positive influence on my life. I took private violin lessons from El beginning when I was only 5 years old and continued for roughly 10 years. In addition to seeing her every Thursday night for…

So grateful for everyone’s help!

When my mother first found out about FYO earlier this year and told my family about it, my little brother, Seth was instantly on board. As for myself, not so much. But, my parents found a way to get me to try it. I, of course, was skeptical due to past experiences with learning to…

FYO… A Priceless Gift

After several months of contemplating moving to Florida, we began researching homes on-line. With family in Ormond Beach, the search was on. However, while looking for schools and activities, I came across the Flagler Youth Orchestra with Jonathan May as its conductor and Cheryl Tristam as its administrator. After several emails to Cheryl and many…

Universal Language

On the topic of learning to read music and traveling the world, our beloved Jonathan May once said, “You can travel to any country and not be able to speak or understand their spoken language, but start playing with the musicians and everyone understands each other.” What a gift our children have been given here…

The Impact of FYO

As parents and residents of Palm Coast for more than 23 years, we want you to know how our family has been impacted by FYO. Our oldest daughter Annabel is 12, and has just completed her fourth year with FYO. She has flourished in the program, dedicating hours to practice at home, and this year…

From a Father’s View

Who would have thought that even the sound of children tuning their instruments could conjure images of dew soaked fields, its mist stirred only as the sun passes its hand across the not yet cut grass, wild still and untouched except, perhaps by a fawn, brave enough to venture out from the brush and into…

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