About Us

The Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra was conceived in 2011. It has provided the Tampa Bay Area community musicians, music teachers and students the opportunity to develop educationally and artistically through participation in regularly scheduled orchestra rehearsals, classical music concerts, and community events.

The organization is founded on the philosophy that quality, live classical music will foster an enduring audience when community musicians with varied musical experience and backgrounds collaborate as educators, mentors and performers. TMYO is a 501(c)(3) non profit, Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, Inc.

Meet the TMYO Team

TMYO’s staff of music educators, professional musicians, and committed parents share a common vision to build a high-caliber youth orchestra and a lifelong audience for classical music in the Bay area. 

TMYO Music Director


Symphony Orchestra

Advanced Full Orchestra
Mondays, 6:45 pm-8:00 pm

TMYO Faculty


Philharmonic Orchestra

Intermediate String Orchestra
Mondays, 5:30 pm-6:30 pm

TMYO Faculty


Symphonic Strings

Intermediate String Orchestra
Mondays, 6:45 pm-8:00 pm

TMYO Faculty


String Concertino

Beginning String Orchestra
Mondays, 5:30 pm-6:30 pm

TMYO Staff

Executive Director


TMYO Board of Directors

Ethan Morency, President
Owner, Repairs & Restoration, Luthier
Violin Shop Tampa, Inc.

Nancy Lorenzen, Interim Executive Director/Secretary
Gifts and Grants Manager, TMYO

William Wiedrich
Music Director

Susanne Hebert, Immediate Past President
Operations/ Asset Protection Macy’s, Inc.

Beth Waligorski, Treasurer

Isaac Ruiz-Carus
Vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the Florida Orchestra

John Sweeney

Betsy Isaak
Professional Cellist
Director, Via Musica Productions

Susan Heine
Student Member Parent

Christian Abreu
Professional Bassist
Founder, The Bass Workshop

Vincent Caintic
Managing Director & Equity Research Analyst 
Stephens Inc.



TMYO staff and board are committed to developing and strengthening its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through its educational programming. The vision is to remove barriers — create more accessibility by reaching into all communities through performance and engagement, fostering diversity and inclusion in student admissions, and participation in programs, services, and activities.  TMYO creates a welcoming environment that reflects a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

In addition, TMYO is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer.  TMYO does not discriminate based upon race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics.


The Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra is committed to ensuring accessibility for all young musicians, their families, and community audiences.

Rehearsal and performance facilities are accessible to persons with physical disabilities via ramps, automatic entrances, restroom facilities, parking spaces and water fountains. 

Please contact us: staff@tmyo.org

  • To request a special accommodation for a student.
  • To request a large-print concert program (at least one week prior to the concert).
  • For more information about accessibility.

In partnership with VSA – Florida

More About VSA Florida

TMYO makes it a priority to ensure that all of our programs and concerts are accessible to everyone. Our 2022-2023 season concerts and take place in ADA-compliant USF School of Music rehearsal and performance hall. Accessible seating is available in the USF School of Music Concert Hall.