Congratulations to all of the students, parents, faculty and staff!
Your contributions made the 2017 FMI a true success!

See you next year!


Ask your friends, 7th grade through graduated seniors to play with us next year!
Thank you, Ms. Szarowicz, Mr. Bossert and Ms. Suris

Andrea Szarowicz
has been the  director of the Gaither High School Orchestra since Fall of 2008. Her  undergraduate degree is from the University of South Florida ( 03’), with a Bachelor in Music (violin) and Gerontology; She currently holds a Masters in Business from the University of Arizona (06’) and a Masters in Music Education from Florida State University ( 12’). Teaching is so much more than a job, it is her passion.
 Mrs. Szarowicz has been on the Florida Orchestra Association ( FOA) executive board since 2008 and is the current 11-12 All State Coordinator. In her spare time , she is an active  adjudicator for both FOA and FBA ( Florida Bandmasters Association).

Steven Bossert,
HB Plant High School Orchestra Director, Tampa, FL: Originally from Rochester, NY, Steven Bossert is in his 14th year of teaching orchestra at H.B. Plant High School in Tampa, Fl.  Throughout his 20+ years of teaching, he has taught all levels from kindergarten to high school.  He is the co-author of the Hillsborough County elementary string curriculum. He earned his BM degree from Ithaca College and his MM from USF.  He has extensive training in Suzuki pedagogy.  He is a 1st violinist with the Tampa Bay Symphony and previously served as Concertmaster of Tampa's Mostly Pops Orchestra.  He frequently adjudicates district performance assessments and solo/ensemble festivals throughout Florida. He is past District 7 Chairman for FOA and is currently serving as the State Chair for the Florida Orchestra Association 9-10 All-State Orchestra.

Diane Suris,
Director of Tarpon Springs HS & MS Orchestras, contributes annually to FMI.  Director of Orchestras has been teaching in Pinellas County for 22 years.  She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida where she studied with Prof. Robert McCormick and Dr. Mallory Thompson and a Master’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University.  Ms. Suris has received various awards, including 'Who's Who Among America's Teachers,’ the Pinellas County Teachers Association's Kraf-Custer 'Outstanding Educator of the Year' award, and the 'Tarpon Springs Teacher of the Year' award, from the Tarpon Springs Rotary club.  In addition to her duties at Tarpon Springs Middle School, Ms. Suris is also the Director of Orchestras at Tarpon Springs High School.  She was conductor of the Pinellas Youth Symphony Philharmonia Winds for 5 years and served on the artisitic staff .  Ms. Suris is an active percussion adjudicator and performer throughout the state of Florida and is currently principal timpanist with the Tampa Bay Symphony.

2017 Summer
Music Institute

June 10 - 16, 2017
  Hilton Hotel
333 1st St. S. 
St. Pete, FL 33701

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