Youth String Orchestra

Violin students playing together

Register for Stetson Youth String Orchestra!

The Youth String Orchestra is open to all middle and high school-age string students, from intermediate to advanced musicians. This ensemble provides an opportunity for string players to improve their playing skills in a high-energy, positive environment. Students will focus on their musicianship through the practice and performance of high-quality, accessible repertoire.

The students will perform on the stage of historic Elizabeth Hall in a concert at the conclusion of the spring semester. Violin, viola, cello and bass players are welcome. The Youth String experience will foster a love of music for string instrumentalists and teach students the joys of playing with an ensemble.

Orchestra Retreat and Seating Auditions January 22 - Open to new and returning members!

Retreat time and location: 5:00-7:00 p.m., Presser Hall 202

  • Spring 2024 Schedule: Rehearsals begin February 5
  • Rehearsals: Mondays from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuition: $125 per semester
  • Location: Presser Hall, room 202
  • Spring Concert: May 5
Mary Loos headshot

Mary Loos, Director, Youth String Orchestra

Violinist Mary Loos has appeared as a soloist, orchestral member, and chamber musician throughout the United States and abroad. While attending Stetson University, she performed with the University’s Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, as well as appearing as a soloist with the Stetson University Concert Choir in venues across the U.S., including New York City’s Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.

In her professional career, she has performed with numerous orchestras, including as a core member of both The Gainesville Orchestra in Gainesville, FL and The Ocala Symphony Orchestra in Ocala, FL. She is currently serving as the concertmaster with the symphony for Volusia Community Arts in Deland, FL.

Mary also maintains an active freelance career throughout Florida performing on different instruments for events ranging from weddings to small conventions. Including working with artists such as The Beach Boys and Celtic Woman.

In the Spring of 2022, Mary returned to Stetson University’s Community School of Music as the Director of the Youth String Orchestra.

More Information

For more information, please contact Sara Scarpelli, Director of Community Outreach, at [email protected] or (386) 822-8962.