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North Palm Youth Symphony

The North Palm Youth Symphony is a 501c3 educational organization dedicated to providing students high quality instrumental music instruction and ensemble experience. Expert clinicians will work with students to develop fundamentals, technique and artistry through repertoire. 

"Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imaginations and life to everything."


Victor Fernandez, Artistic Director

Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, Victor Fernandez came to the United States in 1995. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance, a Bachelor's degree in Music Education, magna cum laude, a Master's degree in Music Education from Florida State University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from American College of Education. He previously served as orchestra director at Leon High School and Raa Middle School, conductor for the Tallahassee Youth Orchestra program, orchestra director at Booker Middle School, conductor of the Sarasota Youth Symphony Orchestra and orchestra director at The Conservatory School at North Palm Beach. 

 He has served and been actively involved with the Florida Music Education Association board and the Florida Orchestra Association board as district chairperson and All-State orchestra coordinator. In 2012, Mr. Fernandez was honored with being selected as Sarasota County’s Teacher of the Year. In 2016, he was honored with being selected as Palm Beach County’s Hispanic Teacher of the Year by the Palm Beach Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In 2017, he was honored with being selected as a Dwyer Award winner for Palm Beach County Schools. Most recently, he was chosen as the Palm Beach Symphony’s Instrumental Music Teacher of the Year (December, 2020). He is an active performer on violin and viola, frequently serving as guest clinician for All-County events throughout the state of Florida. In addition to being an active performer, Mr. Fernandez has contributed a number of teaching articles to the Florida Music Director magazine. In meeting student needs at the county level, Mr. Fernandez supported and collaborated with arts organizations and launched the All County Orchestra for Palm Beach County with his string colleagues. 

With 32 years of string playing experience and 14 years of orchestral conducting experience, Mr. Fernandez is uniquely positioned to lead and work with young musicians in a positive, encouraging and respectful ensemble environment while maintaining rigorous, active and engaging rehearsals.

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