To establish maintain and promote a quality symphony orchestra in south Florida, comprised of youth up to 21 years of age
To foster the musical development of students ages 5 thorugh 21 from every socio-economic and ethnic background, helping to develop the total life of a student through musical training.
To stimulate public participation in the program and to render to the community at large a quality cultural and educational service.
Distinguished and well renowned founding Maestro Carmen Nappo, former conductor of the Miami Ballet, and Miami Metropolitan Orchestra, had a love and passion for music that lives beyond his years. His life was built on the foundation of music and teaching his talents to others, establishing the SFYS in 1964 for young talented musicians to be able to come together to learn and perform the classics of orchestral literature.
The amount of scholarship aid the South Florida Youth Symphony has awarded for private lessons and summer music camp scholarships exceeds $17,000.00 each year.
The organization never turns away a student because of limited funds. Outreach programs are active in surrounding communities to try to bring life changing activities to those students who would not usually have the opportunity to study music. Through these programs and events, youth are given direction, focus, stability and purpose in their lives. This type of positive program also stimulates students to stay in school and become the teachers and mentors of tomorrow.