The Florida Orchestra Teaching Artist program began as a partnership with Pinellas County Schools to bring highly qualified musicians and teachers to the Tampa Bay area.
Each season, The Florida Orchestra performs school-day concerts for thousands of elementary-aged students.
Open rehearsals offer middle, high school and college-age students an opportunity to observe The Florida Orchestra’s preparations for upcoming concerts and gain exposure to live, classical music. This behind-the-scenes look sheds light on rehearsal techniques, the art of problem-solving, and the beauty of music-making. Students will also have the opportunity to speak with the conductor, guest artist, or Florida Orchestra musicians in a Q&A format during the break or after the rehearsal. Space for this program is limited, and registration will open in May 2020.
The Florida Orchestra has set aside a limited number of free tickets for Ruth Eckerd Hall Coffee Concerts for public, private, and homeschooled students in grades 6 through 12. Registration will open in May 2020.
TFO spotlights young and local musicians by providing the opportunity to play in the lobby of the Straz Center, Mahaffey Theater, or Ruth Eckerd Hall before a Masterworks, Pops, or Coffee concert. Performers and their teachers/chaperones will receive free tickets to attend the orchestra concert after they perform. Click here for more information.