November 2023 - Customer Spotlight – The Florida Orchestra (TFO)
Tell us about your company. What products or services do you offer?
The Florida Orchestra (TFO) is the largest professional orchestra in the state and the only performing arts organization that bridges the entire bay area. Under the leadership of internationally acclaimed Music Director Michael Francis, non-profit TFO offers more than 100 high-quality music experiences, education and outreach programs each season, reaching 150,000 throughout the bay area. Concert series include classical, popular, and light symphonic morning concerts in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater, as well as free Pops in the Park community concerts. Beyond the concert halls, TFO programs bring the power of music to schools, youth and senior centers, and underserved areas that otherwise might not have access to such opportunities.
We make sure TFO performances are accessible to all, with a wide range of standard ticket prices starting as low as $28, and free or discounted tickets for students, teachers, first responders, military and veterans. For more information and tickets: FloridaOrchestra.org.
How long has your company been in business?
The 2023-24 season is our 56th.
How many employees do you have?
TFO employs 70 full-time professional musicians and conductors, in addition 28 staff members.
Where is your office located?
Administrative offices are in the St. Petersburg College building in downtown St. Petersburg.
What is your service area?
The Florida Orchestra regularly performs in the three major performing arts venues:
Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Mahaffey Theater and Ruth Eckerd Hall, in addition to non-traditional venues throughout Tampa Bay.
What is your organization’s mission statement?
The Florida Orchestra exists to INSPIRE | EDUCATE | UNITE and build community through the power of music.
Anything else you want people to know about your company?
TFO professional musician positions are won based on talent and merit through highly competitive blind auditions that attract the best musicians from some of the world’s most prestigious conservatories and music schools. This is their full-time job.