For the 2019-2020 season, 5 composer residencies were established between CF2 composers and ensembles that comprise the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras.
Five CF2 composers wrote new pieces specifically tailored to the young musicians in the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra. The composers worked directly with their performers, giving each the opportunity to learn from the other. This year, the theme was “Pulse,” and the composers were told to interpret that word however they saw fit (they could reflect on the tragic loss of 49 lives in the Orlando Pulse shooting, but pulse is also a musical term and the very human term referring to our hearts pumping blood through our bodies). Three of the pieces, by Ryan McQuinn, Timothy Stulman, and Alex Burtzos, were premiered in February 2020. Two more premieres, by Brandon Martin and Scott Dickinson, were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. New performance dates will be posted when the events are rescheduled.