Sarasota Orchestra Receives Grant From The Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation

The Sarasota Youth Orchestra program received a $15,000 grant from the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation for student financial assistance.

Joseph McKenna, President/CEO of the Sarasota Orchestra states, "The Sarasota Orchestra is grateful for the generous support of the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and their grant to support Sarasota Youth Orchestra scholarships. For many of them, without the assistance, they would simply be unable to participate."

This grant will be used to provide scholarships for our Sarasota Youth Orchestra program. Scholarships are awarded for tuition, instrument rentals and private lessons.

The Sarasota Youth Orchestra provides comprehensive after-school instrumental training and performance experience to young musicians at all levels. The program is devoted to students gaining a much deeper understanding and appreciation of classical music to carry for a lifetime.

The Sarasota Youth Orchestra has been hailed as one of the most exemplary youth programs in the Southeast. The nationally acclaimed artistic staff, conductors and coaches have created a learning experience for young musicians unparalleled in our community.

The Charles and Margery Barancik family has long believed in the power of philanthropy to shape our world and enrich the lives of all people. It was the expression of this belief that led them in 2014 to establish the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation - private, family foundation located in Sarasota, Florida. The Barancik Foundation creates initiatives and awards grants in Sarasota and beyond in the areas of education, humanitarian causes, arts and culture, the environment, and medical (research/resources). For further information, please contact Kelly Romanoff at

For more than 65 years, the Sarasota Orchestra has been engaging music lovers from around the region, and visitors from around the world. The Orchestra performs more than 125 classical, Pops, education and community engagement concerts each year, and thrives as the oldest continuing orchestra in the state of Florida. Youth programs provide concert experiences for about 10,000 students per year, and includes an extensive youth orchestra program of seven ensembles and about 330 students. The Sarasota Music Festival is a world-renowned performance and teaching festival that attract young musicians and faculty from across the globe each June. For further information, please visit

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