Orchestras, Symphonies, & Operas

Florida is great place to experience classical music at its finest. Most of the major cities in Florida – including Miami, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville – have at least one orchestra or opera company. These companies put on several performances a year featuring classical music from various time periods as well as modern symphonic pieces.

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. 

The Brass Band of Central Florida is a band of brass musicians that play shows throughout the Central Florida area. They also have a youth band made up of 30 talented young musicians.

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

Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras offers several different auditioned orchestras for students between the ages of 7 and 20 who are serious about their instruments. They offer many opportunities for students to improve as musicians as well as many opportunities for them to perform for the community.

The Metropolitan Area Youth Symphony offers six orchestral groups for all levels of students throughout the Central Florida area. They have one location in Orlando and one in Lake County so their orchestras are accessible to students all over the area.

Perkins Block was a department store opened in 1890 with an opera house on the top floor. Today the opera house has been renovated and serves as a home for the performing arts in Monticello area.

Opera del Sol is an organization that aims to make opera a unique experience in Orlando. Their goal is to make opera sexy again by creating curated, conceptual productions in unexpected places. Since 2018 they have been a part of Central Florida Vocal Arts.

The Orlando Concert Band is a professional-level auditioned band of musicians with the mission to "celebrate and preserve America’s musical heritage". It has been entertaining the people of Central Florida since 1989.

The Orlando Jazz Orchestra is a group of musicians that play jazz standards from the Swing Era all the way through to today. The band is made up of the best musicians in the local area who perform sold out shows all around the state.

The Orlando Symphony Orchestra is a professional orchestra in Central Florida with full time professional musicians. They perform all different kinds of music for the community throughout the year.

The Osceola Community Orchestra is an all-volunteer orchestra located in Osceola County, Florida. Their musicians range in age from middle school to retiree and they welcome anyone who's passionate about playing and is able to read sheet music. They don't require an audition to play, but check out their website or send them an email if you're interested!

The Osceola Community Orchestra has a full orchestra and performs a variety of shows during the year, including holiday concerts and community events. To see previous performances or to stay informed, follow their Facebook page!

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 Sarasota Opera House opened in 1926 as a multi-purpose Mediterranean Revival style venue. It was purchased by the Sarasota Opera Company in 1979, and has been the home to their performances and many others ever since!

The South Florida Symphony Orchestra performs in three main places, Miami, Key West, and Fort Lauderdale. They aim to bring the arts to as many people in South Florida as possible.