Music in Florida

Who doesn't love music and here in Florida, we have unlimited opportunities to explore various music styles, events and more. Whether you’re looking to experience a concert as part of the audience or get involved in music yourself, start your search here. 

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Central Florida Community Arts is a nonprofit musical arts organization for all ages. This cultural community includes Choir, Orchestra and Children & Youth Arts programs with seasonal productions. Music lessons, workshops and classes are also offered through the School of Performing Arts. 

October 4 - 11, 2020

Location: Amelia Island, Florida

This week-long festival features world-class jazz music in many styles performed by jazz greats as well as fresh, up-and-coming young talent. Performances are staged in several venues around Amelia Island including Saint Michael Parish Hall, Sandy Bottoms Beach Bar & Grill, Amelia Park, Arte Pizza, the Florida House Inn, Horizons, OMNI Hotels & Resorts Amelia Island Plantation. 

Founded in 1935, the Bach Festival Society started as a celebration and commemoration of Johann Sebastian Bach as a way to honor his own music as well as his impact on music to come. It currently features over 180 volunteer singers and 50 professional orchestra members. The Bach Festival Society is proud to be the third-oldest continuously operating Bach Festival in the U.S. and the longest-running performing arts organization in Central Florida. 

The Bach Festival Society has offered in-school educational programs, high school festivals, community concerts, and many other outreach events in the Central Florida community including two community choirs. Members of the society must audition to be involved and must re-audition every two years. Many of the singers and orchestra members work as music professionals outside of the society, often as music teachers for various universities. To stay up-to-date or learn more information on the Bach Festival Society, check out their website or follow their Facebook page. 

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts is a venue that supports the arts of all kinds as part venue, part recording studio, and part art gallery. It is open to all ages and aims to promote all different genres of music.

Central Florida Community Arts is a nonprofit musical arts organization for all ages. This cultural community includes Choir, Orchestra and Children & Youth Arts programs with seasonal productions. Music lessons, workshops and classes are also offered through the School of Performing Arts. 

CFC Arts Disney Concert 2017

Central Florida Folk celebrates folk music in Orlando and surrounding areas. They host folk music concerts on the last Sunday of the month as well as tons of other events throughout the year. Check out their facebook for the most updated information about events.

House of Blues, Orlando is a concert venue and restaurant in Disney Springs. The concert venue attracts top touring artists from around the world to perform. The restaurant serves a delicious southern-inspired menu. They are also available to rent for private events and meetings.

The Messiah Choral Society is a non-profit organization founded over 40 years ago as a choral group for all singers to be able to participate in. Through outreach and "creative collaboration", the Messiah Choral Society works to increase awareness of the various cultural and artistic offerings available throughout Central Florida. They work with local cultural organizations and historical societies to bring continued awareness to these options and events. 

The Messiah Choral Society is open to new singers and members and encourages anyone interested in participating to fill out a registration form. Rehearsals start in September and run until the concert held in mid-November. If you're unable to sing but still wish to be involved, you can apply to be an associate member and help with behind-the-scenes setup and support! Check out their website or Facebook page for updates on rehearsals and events.

The Orlando Choral Society is a nonprofit organization with a mission of “building bridges with growth and connection, advancing educational opportunities, and inspiring cultural unity and musical excellence." The Orlando Choral Society is comprised of hundreds of Central Florida residents of all ages, including students and older adults. Through various outreach programs and support, the Society has made a positive impact on their community and continues to bring awareness to the impact that music education can have. 

The Society has two groups for singers: a non-auditioned Garden Choir for participants of any skill level, and Voci del Cuore, which requires an audition. The groups do travel for performances, including out of the country, making the Orlando Choral Society an amazing opportunity to connect with others and have travel experiences. Check out their website to see how to become involved, and follow their Facebook to stay up-to-date on performances and upcoming events.

The Orlando Gay Chorus (OGC) is one of the country's largest mixed LGBT+ choir groups, consisting of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and straight ally singers. Their mission and vision is to inspire others and use music to change attitudes and build a stronger community to make the world a better place. Founded as a non-profit organization in 1990, the OGC has a full chorus as well as four smaller ensembles and performs at concerts, cabarets, community events, and private events. 

The OGC has performed at Orlando PRIDE, held a memorial for the victims of Pulse, sung the National Anthem at various sporting events, performed at the GALA Choruses Festival, and participated in many other events and festivals honoring the LGBT+ community. They now have over 100 members in the chorus and continue to grow in size each year while hosting various community outreach events. Be sure to follow their Facebook for event and show updates. 

Osceola Arts is the center for all things arts in Osceola county both in the performing arts and the visual arts. They offer art classes for people of all ages and showcase local art in their three gallery spaces. They also put on concerts and a fun filled theater season for patrons to experience all kinds of performing arts as well.

Osceola Center for the Arts

Performing Arts Matter (previously Performing Arts Maitland), or PAM, is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the Maitland community establish and maintain its cultural identity through the arts and music. Included in this umbrella organization are the Maitland Symphony Orchestra, the Maitland Poets and Writers, and the Maitland Stage Band. PAM offers groups for people of all ages, such as the Maitland Youth Community Choir for younger performers and the Creative Arts for Life for older adults that still want to contribute to their community.

PAM not only hosts several concerts, shows, and other events throughout the year, but also host a variety of outreach events as well as performing at the Maitland Farmers Market each week. To stay informed on events and other news, follow their Facebook or check out their website. 

The Sanford Jazz Ensemble is a non-profit musical organization that works to bring jazz music into the Central Florida community. They feature a musical repertoire of big band jazz, classic and contemporary pop, R&B, and funk music. The Ensemble is comprised of volunteer musicians from the Central Florida community who play live for various events and programs around the area. If you're interested in performing with them, check out their website or send them an email expressing your interest--they're "always looking for saxophone, trombone, trumpet and rhythm players to sit in with the band". 

The Sanford Jazz Ensemble claims to be the longest continuously performing big band in Central Florida and thrives on the community's love for jazz and music to keep on swinging! Follow their Facebook page for the most up-to-date information about the band and events.

The Melrose Center is located inside the Downtown Orlando Public Library. It has tons of state of the art equipment members can use. Here you will find a Video Production Studio; an Audio Production Studio; a Photography Studio; the "Fab Lab", which has 2 3D printers and focuses on engineering, computer programing, and robotics; a Simulation Lab with 3D simulators for Driving, Flight, Fork-Lift, and Excavator; and more. Don't know how to use the equipment? You can take classes here to learn just about anything, whether it's for a hobby or to further your career. All of this is offered at very low costs or no cost to members local to the area.

The Studios of Key West is an artistic space where local artists can rent studio space, show there work, and attend lectures and workshops. They bring the arts of all kinds to the public in the form of art shows and a concert series.

The Timucua Arts Foundation is an organization that tries to make art accessible to everyone by hosting concerts in their 100-seat venue. They presents up to 100 events each year. They also offer 4-week residencies to visual artists. During their residency, the artist’s works are on display in the venue and the artist works live on stage during select musical performances.

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