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About Us

The Tampa Metropolitan Youth was conceived by FloriMezzo Inc., the Orchestra’s parent organization, in 2011. FloriMezzo Inc. has provided Bay Area community musicians, music teachers and students the opportunity to develop educationally and artistically through participation in regularly scheduled classical music concerts since 2003.

The organization is founded on the philosophy that quality, live classical music will foster an enduring audience when community musicians with varied musical experience and backgrounds collaborate as educators, mentors and performers. TMYO is operated through the 501(c)(3) non profit, FloriMezzo, Inc.

Meet the TMYO Team

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. 

TMYO Music Director

Conductor

Symphony Orchestra

Advanced Full Orchestra
Mondays, 6:45 pm-8:00 pm

TMYO Faculty

Conductor

Philharmonic Orchestra

Intermediate String Orchestra
Mondays, 5:30 pm-6:30 pm

TMYO Faculty

Conductor

Symphonic Strings

Intermediate String Orchestra
Mondays, 6:45 pm-8:00 pm

TMYO Faculty

Conductor

String Concertino

Beginning String Orchestra
Mondays, 5:30 pm-6:30 pm

 TMYO Staff

Executive Director

jessica.calandra@tmyo.org

TMYO Staff

Operations Coordinator

janae.earl@tmyo.org

TMYO Board of Directors

Ethan Morency, President
Owner, Repairs & Restoration, Luthier
Violin Shop Tampa, Inc.

Susanne Hebert, Immediate Past President
Operations/ Asset Protection Macy’s, Inc.

Beth Waligorski, Treasurer
Retired

Nancy Lorenzen, Secretary
Gifts and Grants Manager, TMYO

Michelle Kim-Painter
Director of Education and Community Engagement for The Florida Orchestra

Isaac Ruiz-Carus
Vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the Florida Orchestra

Arvind Soni
Radiation Oncologist
BayCare Health System

John Sweeney
Retired

Jessica Calandra
Executive Director
Ex-officio

William Wiedrich
Music Director
Ex-officio

 

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION

TMYO staff and board are committed to developing and strengthening its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through its educational programming. The vision is to remove barriers — create more accessibility by reaching into all communities through performance and engagement, fostering diversity and inclusion in student admissions, and participation in programs, services, and activities.  TMYO creates a welcoming environment that reflects a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

In addition, TMYO is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer.  TMYO does not discriminate based upon race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics.

ACCESSIBILITY

The Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra is committed to ensuring accessibility for all young musicians, their families, and community audiences.

Rehearsal and performance facilities are accessible to persons with physical disabilities via ramps, automatic entrances, restroom facilities, parking spaces and water fountains. 

Please contact us: staff@tmyo.org or 727-204-3072 

  • To request a special accommodation for a student.
  • To request a large-print concert program (at least one week prior to the concert).
  • For more information about accessibility.

In partnership with VSA – Florida

More About VSA Florida

TMYO makes it a priority to ensure that all of our programs and concerts are accessible to everyone. Our 2022-2023 season concerts and take place in ADA-compliant USF School of Music rehearsal and performance hall. Accessible seating is available in the USF School of Music Concert Hall.