TFO & Prodigy

The Florida Orchestra has partnered with the Prodigy Cultural Arts Program, research-based prevention and diversion program for at-risk youth ages 5-18. Prodigy uses visual and performing arts as a way to help young people develop life skills such as communication, leadership, problem solving, anger management, career aspirations, and goal setting. Through this partnership, The Florida Orchestra offers group violin classes to children at sites across Hillsborough County.

TFO’s Prodigy Violin Class instructors are highly-qualified musicians and educators from across the Tampa Bay area. Meet a few of our instructors below:

Michelle Kim-Painter, Prodigy Coordinator and Class Instructor
Emiko Wennerholt, Class Instructor
Rafael Ramirez, Class Instructor
Luz Vasquez, Class Instructor

Current TFO and Prodigy class sites include:

  • Roy Haynes Recreation Center
  • Gardenville Recreation Center
  • Thonotosassa Recreation Center
  • Cyrus Greene Recreation Center
  • Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra

Enrollment in TFO Violin Classes is limited and only available at participating program sites in September, January, and June each year.  For more information, please contact Michelle Kim-Painter, TFO’s Prodigy Coordinator, at