The Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra
Provides superior music training while guiding students toward a lifelong appreciation of classical music. The Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra is recognized as a premier youth orchestra, to engage students with unique musical experiences, and to develop the patrons and performers of tomorrow.
TMYO’s staff of music educators, professional musicians, and committed parents share a common vision to build a high-caliber youth orchestra and a lifelong audience for classical music in the Bay area.
Strength & Power of Music
From Dr. William Wiedrich, Music Director
Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra
Music has always been one of the most powerful sources of strength we have in the world. The human soul always instinctively searches for something to inspire, whether in celebration or in challenge. Music serves that purpose, and even more so when it becomes an outward expression of one’s inner self while actually performing it.
In 2020, TMYO, along with the rest of world, was faced with a critical choice. While other youth orchestras around the country were abandoning their programs, TMYO created a virtual experience for our young musicians which surpassed any expectation. Each and every “Zoom” V-TMYO interaction was made so very special by the heartfelt dedication and spirit of TMYO musicians and staff, both artistic and administrative. The nurturing strength of the power of music was in full evidence.
Vaughan Williams’ “Prelude to the 49th Parallel”, the work selected for the V-TMYO final virtual performance, came to represent the heartfelt talent, dedicated spirit, and soulful strength of our wonderful young musicians. It became our “anthem” of what is right with music, and with TMYO as it faced a daunting challenge. And it will continue to represent all of that as TMYO moves forward to even greater things ahead.