The Sinfonia Youth Orchestra (SYO) program is the premier training orchestra in Northwest Florida and consists of more than 60 students who participate in a variety of ensembles that perform throughout the school year.


Sinfonia Gulf Coast Youth Orchestras’ mission is to provide the highest quality youth orchestra experience to students living in Northwest Florida. The orchestra program strives to create a culture of community, collaboration, and cultivation by ensuring that each member has an empowering musical experience through participation in the orchestras.

Symphony Orchestra

• Intermediate to advanced
• Middle & High School Students
• Strings, Winds, Brass, Percussion

Sinfonietta Strings

• All Ages
• Beginning String Students
“I decided to be a part of Sinfonia Youth Orchestra because I need to be able to play with musicians as dedicated as I am to music. I love this group because the conductors and members are very supportive.” 

- Emily K., Niceville High School


  • We are an ESTABLISHED professional orchestra with the experience and knowledge to successfully guide young musicians.
  • SYO program is in partnership with the only PROFESSIONAL orchestra in the area. 
  • The SYO program is led by a professional, approachable, energetic, highly educated musician combined with hands-on teaching EXPERIENCE.
  • SYO members enjoy meaningful individual and small group MENTORING by experienced sectional instructor, resident musicians and the Sinfonia Gulf Coast music director/conductor, Demetrius Fuller.
  • High school students can earn Bright Futures VOLUNTEER HOURS at Sinfonia Gulf Coast and SYO events.
  • SYO seniors have the opportunity to apply for the GRACE FULCHER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP, named for Grace, a Niceville student violinist and member of the SYO for many years. 
  • SYO members get to PERFORM in high-caliber Sinfonia Gulf Coast events featuring A-LIST performers like Patti Labelle, Kristin Chenoweth and Bernadette Peters and partnership events hosted by high profile guests such as CELEBRITY chef Emeril Lagasse.
  • SYO membership is a great VALUE. The program offers convenient payment plans as well as need-based scholarships. 
  • Knowing students keep busy during the school week, SYO rehearsals are CONVENIENTLY scheduled on Sunday afternoons. 
  • SYO members receive FREE TICKETS to each Sinfonia Gulf Coast main season concerts.
  • SYO members enjoy time CONNECTING with like-minded fellow musicians in a safe, collaborative, welcoming environment. 
  • We are called “Funfonia” because we put the “FUN” in Symphony. Outside of regular rehearsals, SYO members are enjoy several social events each semester. 

For more information on how you can apply, contact Margaret Gordon at (850) 460-8800 or


Interested in auditioning for Sinfonia Youth Orchestra? Learn more about the part you can play below:

For more information on how you can apply, contact:

Margaret Gordon
Music Director, Sinfonia Youth Orchestra
Coordinator of Education & Community Engagement

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