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Hernando Youth Orchestra Group photo

Roland Hanneman(John St. John) talks about HYO history


The Hernando Youth Orchestra Inc., a non-profit Florida Corporation, was formed in the summer of 2007. We aim to meet the needs of the community by providing an orchestra for young people and help find music scholarships for youth who cannot afford an instrument and/or lessons to participate.

Membership is open to anyone under the age of 21 provided they have some level of proficiency on their chosen instrument. In order to encourage all to participate no audition is required for the main orchestra. String players desiring more advanced work have the opportunity to play in a string quartet which does require an audition

Since it's foundation, the HYO has performed 36 free concerts, including two for the city of Brooksville, Christmas concerts at the Hernando County's Band Shell and four for the Hernando Fine Art Council including three for  "Art in the Park"

The orchestra is funded by grants, community organizations and individual sponsors.

The orchestra meets most Saturday mornings at 11:00 am for rehearsal.