The Florence Academy of Fine Arts Orchestra program was started in 1999 as a “pull-out” program. Students were offered the opportunity to learn a violin-family instrument two days per week, while being pulled out of their encore/exploratory classes.

Beginning in the fall of 2005, students were offered the chance to take this class a regular daily offering.

Since that time, the program has grown from about a dozen students to almost 150 strong.

Students in the orchestra program learn to play the violin, viola, ‘cello, or double-bass.

Not only do they experience the joy of making amazing music, but they learn self-discipline, citizenship, cooperation, teamwork, and build camaraderie.

All of this happens in a positive environment in which students genuinely enjoy participating.