The Historical McKenzie House Foundation, through the Panama City Youth Orchestra is filling an educational void left when the magnet “strings program” offered at Lucille Moore Elementary, Jinks Middle School and Bay High School closed due to funding issues. While schools were cutting back on arts education, the Panama City Youth Orchestra is providing a group learning environment for any and all string students in the area. Additionally, the community benefits from the numerous performances the orchestra does for groups within the community. A group has only to ask and the Panama City Youth Orchestra is available to perform. The Youth Orchestra is open to students from any teacher.