Central Florida Vocal Arts offers music education opportunities throughout our community to students of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds. We believe no one is too young or too old to begin their journey of musical discovery!
From assisted living facilities such as the Mayflower of Winter Park, to the Boys and Girls Club in Eatonville and the Pace School for Girls in Winter Park, we are bringing important programming and life skills to these underserved communities and populations.
We also partner with other community organizations such as the Maker Effect Foundation, Orange County and Winter Park Libraries, and Audubon Park Church to bring arts education to a wider audience.
Central Florida Vocal Arts partners with Winter Park Library for workshops such as Storytelling Through Song, Maker Day, and lecture recitals to bring awareness to important social issues. As part of our production of The Sound of Music, CFVA presented a lecture recital focusing on the war in Ukraine. Look for more CFVA programming at Winter Park Library in Fall 2023 as bring Better Together: Blending Musical Cultures, a lecture recital on the music of Latin American culture.
In February 2023, singers from CFVA joined together with singers from the Orlando Choral Society, the University of Central Florida, Opera Orlando, and Central Florida Community Arts' Symphony to form a 400-person chorus and present a free concert in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. titled "I Am Enough, You Are Enough," at Steinmetz Hall at Dr. Phillips Center.
Launched in 2019, Arts 1:1 aims to increase opportunities for private music lessons to students who otherwise would be financially unable to access them. Arts leadership recognized that demographics of students participating in higher level music education opportunities did not reflect the classroom demographics, often because of financial barriers. To bridge this gap, CFVA offers 30-minute weekly voice lessons to students eligible to receive free or reduced lunch, free of charge. Over the past three years, this program has expanded by nearly 800% to include Orange and Osceola County Public Schools and Pace Center for Girls in Winter Park. Through this program, we increase accessibility while building a pipeline for new and diverse talent. Moreover, we cultivate leadership, empathy, creativity, problem solving, confidence and more, through lessons and outcomes, which have a positive application across sectors, regardless of future endeavors.
"Our students have learned a great deal from the staff at CFVA and their work has helped close the achievement gap between students without financial challenges and those living in poverty. An Orange County Public Schools classroom teacher shared, 'Nathan always comes to class the day after his lesson so excited... he has also become so much more confident this year and has really developed his tone, range, and pitch'. This partnership has touched many lives and the only barrier to helping more students find success are financial."
- Scott Evans, Orange County Public Schools Arts Superintendent on CFVA's Arts 1:1 Program
The CFVA Bel Canto Scholarship is available to singers between the ages of 10 and 25 who demonstrate vocal potential and financial need, and pays $25 of the voice lesson fee for 12 lessons over a three-month period ($300 total scholarship). Scholarship funds will be distributed by Central Florida Vocal Arts and paid directly to the voice teacher, and the student is financially responsible for paying the remaining balance to the voice teacher or studio. Applications are accepted year-round, and scholarships are awarded twice per year, in the Fall and Spring, subject to fund availability. Fall 2023 applications are currently being accepted and are due by September 15, 2023.Apply Now