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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 and Conductor:
Barbara Day

Barbara Day, Artistic Director SAYO

Barbara began music instruction on the piano at the age of 5.  When she was 13, she stumbled across a violin in a great-uncle’s closet, and taught herself to play.  Soon she realized she needed lessons so she found odd jobs around the neighborhood to earn money so she could study with a violin professor at Drury University in Springfield Missouri. She played in the high school orchestras, Interlochen Summer Institute, and the Kansas City Youth Symphony when the family moved to Kansas City.

She earned a scholarship to the Conservatory of Music in Kansas City when she was 17.  She played in the Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, the Conservatory Symphony, and the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, as well as studied theatre and dance.  She had an opportunity to work in the USO for a year, and while in Europe she was able to take lessons from a professor from the Vienna School of Music.

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New Rehearsal Space

Beginning January SAYO will be rehearsing at the Convenant Presbybterian Church
1965 FL-16, St. Augustine, FL 32084


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