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Hernando Youth Orchestra Group photo

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

 

The Hernando Youth Orchestra Inc. is a non-profit Florida Corporation, formed in the summer of 2007. The Orchestra provides a place for young people ages 5-21 to hone their musical skills, gain proficiency in their instrument of choice, and give back to the community through public concert performances. 

We have a small selection of instruments we loan to children who cannot afford to buy their own instrument.  We also offer low cost lessons for children needing to build their skills before entering the Orchestra.

Membership is open to anyone under the age of 21, although we do require some level of proficiency on their chosen instrument. The Orchestra does not require an audition to participate in the main orchestra. String players desiring more advanced work have the opportunity to play in a string quartet which does require an audition.

Since its foundation, the HYO has performed dozens of free concerts, including two for the city of Brooksville, Christmas concerts at the Hernando County's Band Shell, four for the Hernando Fine Art Council including three for  "Art in the Park."  We have performed at the Blueberry Festival multiple times, and have given concerts at several churches and gated communities in the area as well as the YMCA’s “Breakfast with Santa.”  We have appeared on television and in the Tampa Bay Times multiple times.

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

The orchestra rehearses Sunday afternoons from 3:30-5:00 at The Heather Community Center building, 9100 Nakoma Way, Weeki Wachee, FL.

 

Directions to our rehearsal site:  The Heather is on Route 19, about 1.25 miles north of the intersection of Route 50 (Cortez) and Route 19, on the Gulf side of Route 19.  Using the main entrance to The Heather, continue straight ahead until the road ends in a T.  Turn right at the T. The Community Center building is on the right, surrounded by lakes.