Tiffany Ash on Jacksonville Symphony
Tiffany Ash has loved the times she collaborated with Florida’s Jacksonville Symphony. It’s during these collaborations with the renowned orchestra that she feels most creative. Apart from being able to enjoy the music, talent, and company of one of the state’s longest-standing orchestras, Tiffany Ash also got to know the history of the Jacksonville Symphony a little bit better.
Here’s a little background on the Jacksonville Symphony…
The Jacksonville Symphony was founded way back in 1949; making it, as mentioned above, one of the longest-standing orchestras in the State of Florida. Additionally, it is one of but a few orchestras in the United States that proudly has a dedicated concert hall, the Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall concert hall of the Times-Union Center for Performing Arts (TUCPA) along the Riverbank. Incidentally, TUCPA holds the distinction of being the “First Coast’s premiere riverfront entertainment facility.”
Its Principal Conductor is Courtney Lewis, a position he’s held since 2015. Past music directors also include Fabio Mechetti (1999 – 2014), Roger Nierenberg (1984 – 1998), Willis Page (1971 – 1983), and Danielle Revenaugh (1969 – 1970), among several others.
Being one of the country’s premier orchestras, the Jacksonville Symphony has played host to some of the music industry renowned and well-respected musicians, both locally and abroad. Considered legends that transcend time, space, or distance; these include such beloved artists as Duke Ellington, Jack Benny, Benny Goodman, Luciano Pavarotti, Art Garfunkel, Isaac Stern, Victor Borge, Henry Mancini, Ravi Shankar, and Michael Feinstein, among a host of many others.
And apart from playing at the Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall, the Jacksonville Symphony has also had the pleasure and privilege of playing at the famed Carnegie Hall, not once, but twice.
Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras
The Jacksonville Symphony established the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras (JSYO) in 1993 to provide talented young musicians with a venue for developing their skills and at the same time, be given the opportunity to perform with a team of “esteemed music educators as well as Jackson Symphony musicians.” Young musicians must undergo interviews and/or auditions as part of the admissions process. Currently, the JSYO has under its wings 350 talented young musicians.
To quote the JSYO website, the program provides the following opportunities:
Direction by professional conductors
Exposure to nationally recognized soloists through their affiliation with the Jacksonville Symphony
- Coaching sessions with Jacksonville Symphony musicians
- Outreach performances in the community
- Chamber ensemble training and performances
- Young Artists Competition
- Performances in the internationally renowned Jacoby Symphony Hall
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