• Welcome to the Flagler Youth Orchestra

    The Flagler Youth Orchestra’s mission is to provide free, quality instruction and performance opportunities in full orchestral and chamber music ensembles for Flagler County students at all skill levels. Our commitment to musical excellence and cultural diversity fosters a lifelong love of music while our performances enrich the musical life of our young community and reflect its growing commitment to the arts.


  • Home practice is a critical ingredient to steady progress on your musical journey.

    Learn more

    Practice Materials

    Practice Materials

    Home practice is a critical ingredient to steady progress on your musical journey.

    Learn more

  • There's an orchestra for every member.

    Learn more

    Audition Materials

    Audition Materials

    There's an orchestra for every member.

    Learn more

  • Make the most of your practice time. Use a metronome.

    Learn more

    Your metronome

    Your metronome

    Make the most of your practice time. Use a metronome.

    Learn more

  • Our videos and those that inspire us.

    Learn more



    Our videos and those that inspire us.

    Learn more


  • Donate because free music education is not free.

    Learn more



    Donate because free music education is not free.

    Learn more

  • It would be impossible for us to run a program of this size without the help of dedicated volunteers. Join us.

    Learn more



    It would be impossible for us to run a program of this size without the help of dedicated volunteers. Join us.

    Learn more

  • Quick reference to all local and recommended music stores and resources.

    Learn more

    Local Music Stores

    Local Music Stores

    Quick reference to all local and recommended music stores and resources.

    Learn more

  • Attendance is a top priority, but if you can't attend class, notify us here.

    Learn more

    Report an Absence

    Report an Absence

    Attendance is a top priority, but if you can't attend class, notify us here.

    Learn more

  • Aug


    Flagler Youth Orchestra's August 31st, 2022 Open House at the Flagler Auditorium

    Wednesday, August 31, 2022: Flagler Youth Orchestra Open House

    ♫ Enrollment is offered free of charge by the Flagler County School District.

    ♫ Students who are 8 years and older by September 1st, 2022, living in Flagler County (regardless of where you go to school) are eligible to enroll.

    ♫ Students may elect to play violin, viola, cello, or double bass.

    ♫ All experience levels are welcomed, including beginners.

    ♫ Classes are held at Indian Trails Middle School twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays in one-hour sessions from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm (classes begin at 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 pm.) Some class scheduling restrictions apply.

    ♫ Open House is scheduled on Wednesday, August 31st at 5:30 pm at the Flagler Auditorium, 5500 Route 100, Palm Coast. Information on instrument sales and rentals will be available at this event. All students who are enrolled, planning or considering enrollment should attend.

     Online enrollment can be found here.

    ♫ First class for beginners is September 21st. Experienced musicians will start on September 7th.

    ♫ Returning students, or students with playing experience on the instrument they are signing up for, must enroll by August 10th and schedule an audition time to determine an orchestra assignment.

    Students will learn about the enriching world of classical music, as well as many other genres, while receiving string instruction in a player-friendly environment. All members, even beginners, will participate in performance opportunities organized throughout the year.

    Join the most unique music program in Florida.

    For questions about the program, instrument rentals or scholarships, call Cheryl Tristam at 386-503-3808, or send an email to cheryl@flagleryouthorchestra.org.

  • Contact Information

    Class location: 5505 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast, FL
    Mailing address: 33 Postman Lane, Palm Coast, FL 32164

    Get directions

  • Testimonials

  • 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 a lesson in Suzuki Violin, which began with a pizza-box cut-out with my feet traced in first-position and second-position (I still have it!) and evolved into something that taught me life lessons far beyond the scope of music technique and theory.

    Two lessons, in addition to a profound appreciation for music, that I vividly remember learning were:

    --If you want to get something done right, you have to put your concentration bubble on. A technique I have used repeatedly outside of my music.

    --Prejudice can sneak up on you if you're not careful and it can unintentionally hurt the ones you love if you're not careful. I recall that a few of us, fifth grade or so, were going to be strolling minstrels at a fireman's convention. I remember gloating that I wasn't nervous about the performance because the audience was made up of all firemen who probably wouldn't know if I played a couple wrong notes. El immediately reminded me that before she taught music, she was a registered nurse and went to similar conventions. I remember feeling slightly foolish and consciously learning how character cannot be judged by appearance ever. Today, I am a Rate Analyst for a small water utility company; I attend lots of conventions just like the firemen's convention, and have over 22 years of experience playing music. I was forever changed for the better the day she taught me that lesson, and the thought of those firemen will continue to chase any fleeting prejudice thoughts from my head.

    Additionally, a result of El's involvement with the school orchestra, I made several friends who I am still close with today. We spent lots of time together at rehearsals and at school, bonding through the many events laid out before us by the seemingly anonymous adults. Looking back, I understand that we were the start-up kids in an under-funded public school orchestra who were a part of something magnificent and who never really appreciated the extreme amount of work that made it all possible. Now that I've helped start a not for profit theater company and have had some experience in renting venues, coordinating performances, and writing grants, I feel very touched to have had someone put so much loving effort into my future without ever asking for anything in return.

    After El and I parted ways, I continued to play violin through high-school, college, and into today. Although I studied Physics in college, I played electric violin in several blues, jazz, and bluegrass groups, and made most of my closest friends through music. I expanded my love for music into operatic voice, small group ensembles, choir, barbershop quartets, and now play the mandolin, piano, and have begun to learn the ukelele. On days when my commute home from work is atrocious, and I am stuck in Los Angeles traffic for what seems to be an eternity, I come home, rattle off a couple of concertos from my old Suzuki books, work hard on a new Mendellsohn concerto I'm learning; suddenly the stress of the day just melts away.

    So I'll end with, "Thank You", from the bottom of my soul, to El Gervasio for giving me a gift that keeps on giving, and for putting in all the extra effort to ensure my childhood was rich with art and culture. I was overjoyed to learn that the kids in the Flagler Youth Orchestra were having a similar experience to mine, I will gladly testify that the impact is significant and extremely positive down the road.

    Thanks again.

    Your loving student,

    Eric J. Wright

  • Tristan started with the FYO in September '12. While he thought is sounded "cool" to play violin, he didn't realize the work that went into it. He didn't make it through the first year, because he just didn't want to practice. After several talks about commitment, both to his fellow orchestra members and topersonal improvement, Tristan started lessons over the summer.

    When the FYO season started this past fall, Tristan decided he was going to put in the necessary work. Since September, he has practiced at least 5 days each week, but usually 6. He's excited to learn new pieces and to progress in the orchestra. We recently upgraded to a better violin, and he's thrilled with the sound!! As we've reached the end of this year's season, I'm amazed at the growth I see in my son. He's excited about music, he wants to improve and has committed to doing so, and is overcoming his insecurities about being in front of people.

    Without the FYO, I think he'd still be quitting things that were difficult, instead of finding the desire to improve himself.

    Christina Armstrong

  • 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 progressed to the Harmony Chamber Orchestra. Due to her obvious commitment and dedication, we recently invested in a "concert" violin, after renting instruments for years. Annabel admires her peers in the program and is continually inspired by her dedicated, talented instructors. She shares her talent with others at church events, educational events, a sporting event, and recently at a nursing home.

    Our middle daughter, Betsy is 9 and finished her second year with the orchestra. We are so proud of her artistic accomplishments. As a shy, quite student, having the ability to read music and play violin in the "orchestra" setting has given her confidence....she is a part of something bigger than herself. Her performance skills have improved significantly and she is looking forward to advancing in the FYO. She shared this past week that she has her eye on the "first chair" position!

    Our youngest daughter Chloe has been anticipating being a part of FYO for several years. (She is eligible to join the program in the fall as a third grader.) She was recently measured for her instrument and last week, came home with a violin. Her sisters have begun giving her advice and instruction and when they practice, Chloe pulls out her instrument. She is counting the weeks until she's a member of FYO herself.

    We appreciate FYO more than words can ever express. Without FYO, it would not be possible for the girls to have music lessons. This program is invaluable to the community, and the hundreds of families it serves.

    Margaret Baker

  • Good Evening members of the Flagler County school board,

    My name is Sydnee Wong, I’m a rising Dual Enrolled, AICE senior at Matanzas Highschool and I’ve lived my entire 17 years in Flagler County. The Flagler Youth Orchestra has been a part of my life for the past 8 years. Through recent events, I was moved to write a poem which encapsulates how music enriches my life, as well as other’s lives, and why the orchestra should continue to be funded by the county. It is named, “A World Without Music”.

    A world without music, what world would that be?
    When it is a catalyst, a spark for creativity?

    With a lack of songs and tunes, our history would be changed
    And many from their lives and passions, estranged.

    To explain, music is the melody produced by instruments which are played
    And an instrument is mastered by a daring soul unafraid.

    However, the journey of learning an instrument is far from what one would expect
    If you’ve ever attempted to play one, I’m sure the art, you’d respect.

    One must learn basics such as notes, clefs, keys, and tempo
    Forte, piano, intonation you get the memo.

    Despite strenuous rigor, learning to play is unlike any pastime or sport
    Due to the beauty and acceptance that one should not thwart.

    The beauty of learning an instrument is so based in inclusion
    That no group would ever be forgotten in seclusion

    Music applies to those of all genders, disabilities, and current skill
    In areas where another pastime would fall short, it fulfills.

    Excerpts full of emotion can put a genuine smile on one’s face
    Bridging the gap of culture, ethnicity, and race.

    No matter how short, or tall, young or old,
    The skill can be attained and a new passion can unfold.

    Music unites people from all walks of life, and all ages,
    So why then, should it be dependent on a family’s wages?

    I asked my mother this question, “ would you have us learn instruments if you were to pay?”
    To which she replied a blunt, “No and it wouldn’t be any other way.”

    This to me is proof that if families simply could not afford
    Than their children may miss out on a potential skill to work toward.

    I encourage you to recall one tune or song that through your journey or life,
    has helped you along.

    Now imagine if sadly that song did not exist.
    What in life would’ve passed you by and you have missed?

    From beloved TV show melodies, to our own national anthem,
    Music is engraved in our culture and shouldn’t be demanded ransom

    As a scholar who has been a part of FYO for over 8 years,
    The thought of many young children unable to partake, provokes tears

    Through this very program, I’ve met amazing teachers and friends
    When compared to other school programs, this orchestra transcends.

    Being a part of an orchestra and of something much greater
    Has imparted lessons on my life, I’ll carry on much later.

    This is why such a thing deserves to be equal-opportunity
    It enriches the lives of young children, as well as our community.

    To explain, A world without music is as a canvas without color;
    With potential to be bright, but is truly much duller.

    I hope you now understand the blessing that is music, you see,
    As a world without music is a world that would not be.

    ~Sydnee Wong