Home Contact Like SAYO on Facebook

About St. Augustine Youth Orchestra

About St. Augustine Youth Orchestra

About St. Augustine Youth Orchestra

About St. Augustine Youth Orchestra

St. Augustine Youth Orchestra


SAYO is committed to fostering musicianship for students by providing quality music education, mentoring, and performance opportunities. SAYO encourages young players to develop their talents and prepares students for a career in music.

Meet our Artistic Director: Stephen Marr

Read this wonderful story recently published in the St. Augustine Social magazine! Learn more about Steve, SAYO and the St. Augustine Community School of Performing Arts. Click the image below to read the story!

Stephen Marr St Augustine Youth Orchestra


Beginning Level Strings

For the 2017-2018 season we are excited to be adding a beginner's level class for all strings, to be taught by Barbara Day. 

Age Range students between the ages of 8 and 10
Rehearsals will begin September 6th5:00-6:00 at the St. Augustine Community School of Performing Arts (3149 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite #9, St. Augustine, FL 32084).

Parents will need to purchase an beginner's methods book.

Email Barbara at fiddlechick.day15@gmail.com to enroll


Intermediate/ Advanced Orchestra Auditions

Age Range students between the ages of 11 and 18
Rehearsals will from 4:00-6:00 on Wednesdays, starting September 6th, at SACSPA. (St. Augustine Community School of Performing Arts - 3149 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite #9, St. Augustine, FL 32084).

Auditions will be held Wednesday, August 30th, between 4:00 - 6:00 at SACSPA Students will need to be prepared to play two scales (up to three sharps/flats) to play 20 measures of a prepared piece, and to sight-read a short piece that our director will select.

Email our Artistic Director at Maestro@staugyouthorch.org


Rehearsals begin

September 6 at the St. Augustine School of Performing Arts.

Upcoming and past events here

St Augustine Youth Orchestra performs at the Children's Arts Festival 2016

Why Choose Music for our Children?

As parents, we all have to make choices and set limits on the number of activities our children are involved in. Nevertheless, how many times have you talked to parents who want to give their children as much exposure to as many activities as possible, and then simply end up chauffeuring them all over town every afternoon, evening, and weekend?  That begs the question, “how should we evaluate what fits best for our children and will benefit them the most?” Let me offer some reasons why learning and participating in music should be at the top of that list.

  1. Music is a lifetime skill. Once a person learns an instrument or to sing, that becomes a skill a person can use throughout their lifetime.  I’ve spoken with many adults who have expressed regrets about never learning music or giving up as a child…and now wishing they could play an instrument.  Conversely, those who study music as children will develop a set of skills that they can use throughout their lives, i.e., college, adulthood and into old age.  Whether one decides to play/teach professionally or simply for pleasure after high school, e.g., college marching band, community band, musical theater, church, etc.; music is a set of skills that one can call upon at any stage in life.
  2. Music develops cognitive and fine motor skills.  Music really is cognitive, i.e., you have to learn to read the notes, interpret the music itself, and develop the fine motor skills needed for fluidity.  Have you ever heard it said that music is all about math and relationships?  It’s true! Tempo, key signatures, chords, dynamics, and time signatures are just some of the many terms and aspects of music a student must learn.  Did you also know that music students must also learn the language of music?  For instance, tempo markings are normally described in Latin, e.g., Allegro Moderator, Andante.  French and German terms are also used regularly as well, particularly in Classical-era music. Did I mention intonation?  That means actively listening so that your tone production matches everyone else?   In music we often equate this to “ear-training,” but it really comes down to a higher order cognitive skill – which can be learned!
  3. Music promotes discipline, teamwork, and time management.  It takes discipline to practice an instrument and team work to participate in an ensemble.  Not only must you develop personal expertise on your instrument or with your voice; but, you must also develop a sense of teamwork within an ensemble or as an accompanist.  In other words, it’s not just about me!  It means stretching yourself to listen to others and developing a sense of what the entire ensemble is trying accomplish.  Time management also comes into play as students also have to learn how to allocate time for practicing and to be prompt for rehearsals.  Clearly this type of discipline is directly transferrable to work in the adult world and life, in general.
  4. Fosters a sense of personal enjoyment and creativity.  Simply put, music gladdens the heart and brings forth an innate sense of enjoyment, satisfaction and appreciation that can’t be duplicated.  Moreover, it provides an outlet for creativity that provides a sense of personal fulfillment, no matter the age or skill level of the musician.  This may simply be listening to your beginning student learning a piece and when he/she has mastered it, proudly announcing it to you and expecting you to listen to them.  Or, it may be an advancing student who has written their first short piece, variation, or jazz improvisation, and then sharing it with you.   How can you not be impressed!

Convinced?  Do you need to reprioritize your children’s activities? Why not join us in the St. Augustine Youth Orchestra?  We’re all about developing children’s talents and helping them attain the skills to become successful musicians. We rehearse on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-5:00 starting August 24th.  You can email me directly at maestro@staugyouthorch.org with your questions. 

Musically yours,
Stephen Marr, Artistic Director
St. Augustine Youth Orchestra (SAYO)
August 9, 2016


REHEARSALS | St. Augustine Community School for the Performing Arts
3149 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd, Ste 19, St. Augustine FL 32084
Get Directions

PAYMENTS | Ms. Betesy McCoy, Treasurer
237 Villa Verda Road
St. Augustine, FL 32080

CONTACT | Stephen Marr: 618-960-6478

SALE of Band Instruments: Email or call Steve Marr (info above).

SAYO on Facebook
SAYO on YouTube
Email us

The St. Augustine Youth Orchestra is a recognized 501(c)(3) organization.
Donations and gifts may be tax deductible.

Become a Sponsor

® 2014. Website Design by Cathy Marshall for VIP Solutions.biz

Webmaster for St. Augustine Youth Orchestra Contact webmaster

Home | Student Page | SAYO Board | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Site Map