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SAYO is privileged to have a team of professional conductors and coaches that guide the young musicians with quality musical instruction, improving their skills and maintaining high standards.

Students will be exposed to various orchestral literature. They will improve musical skills in weekly rehearsals and sectionals with professional musicians and conductors. There will be chamber music opportunities as well as performances in several concerts each year.

SAYO is committed to foster musicianship for students, providing musical education as well as performance opportunities.  SAYO seeks to encourage young players to develop their talents and seek a future in professional music. 

Many local musicians and organizations have offered their enthusiastic support including the Basilica Cathedral of St. Augustine, members of the St. Augustine Orchestra, the St. Augustine Jazz Society, Play It Forward, St. Augustine Music Connection and Sterry Piano Company.

Intermediate to advanced students through college level are encouraged to contact


Artistic Director,
Steve Marr


“Since returning to college in 2002, it has been my desire to teach and serve in music. Now, as Artistic Director of SAYO, I am delighted to be a part of this growing organization. I am committed to the education of our young musicians through ensemble performances of various genres and a repertoire that will challenge our students. Together we’ll undertake an exciting mix of classical, pop, chamber, band, orchestral, and sacred literature, always appropriate to the skill level of our musicians, while providing incentive for our students’ growth and maturity. With your support, I look forward to sharing the talents of this outstanding youth ensemble with our community.”

~Steve Marr, SAYO Artistic Director


Steve began his musical career as a Clarinetist in the U.S. Army Band in 1971. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Michigan State University, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and a Masters Degree in Music from Southern Illinois University, where he performed in and conducted a variety of Orchestral and Symphonic ensembles. Mr. Marr has taught and directed for twelve years including serving as Adjunct Professor at both Kaskaskia College and Southwestern Illinois College since 2009.

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