History of the Central Florida Youth Orchestra

The Central Florida Youth Orchestra was founded in Lake County in 2001 by conscientious members of the community and Mr. Jonathan May, who would serve as its Artistic Director from its inception until 2010.  In 2008, members of the CFYO would join Mr. May and the Florida Festival Youth Orchestra at Carnegie Hall for a very special Father's Day performance. 



Mr. Michael Miller served as Mr. May's Associate Conductor, before taking over as Artistic Director in 2010, and continued to lead the orchestra according to the ideals that he and Mr. May helped define through a decade of work with the CFYO.  In 2012, the CFYO joined the MAYS and became the MAYS of Lake County.

The stated mission of the Central Florida Youth Orchestra was to foster a love of music by providing high quality instruction with a commitment to excellence, to promote appreciation of the performing arts for area youth, and to provide cultural growth for the community.  The MAYS seeks to continue this commitment.

The CFYO had many great people helping it grow through the years, and many individuals were instrumental in creating this a-MAYS-ing partnership.  We would like to take a moment to thank these people, as well as the countless others that helped keep Mr. May's dream alive in the CFYO, for their energy, time, and effort:




Lois-Atkins Hawk, CFYO Executive Director, 2001-2012

Peter Arcaro, Lake-Sumter Community College

Former CFYO Board Members:

Gary McKinney

Robert Glenn

Londa Glenn

Nancy McKinney

Patricia Durante

Gerry Hazuka

Shirley Gifford

Michal Dorman

Jack Montaudo

Maxine Jean-Baptiste

Paul and Sonia Nikola

Noelle Nicolas


Memorable CFYO Moments

Special thanks to Gerry Hazuka for the CFYO videos below. For more of his CFYO videos, click here.
Mr. Miller, Conductor

Mr. Miller, Conductor

Mr. May, Conductor

Mr. Miller, Conductor - Mr. May, Soloist