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Auditions for 2020-2021 will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020 (Youth Symphony Violins), Saturday, May 9, 2020 (Symphonette Strings), Friday, May 15, 2020 (Youth Symphony Lower Strings) and Saturday, May 16, 2020 (ALL Woodwinds, ALL Brass, ALL Percussion, String Orchestra and Prelude Strings) at MCC Performing Arts Center.

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Orchestral Training

Conducted by professional musicians. PYS’ seven ensembles offer outstanding learning and performance opportunities.

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Music Memory

Music Memory is a cultural enrichment program designed to enhance understanding and appreciation of symphonic music.

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The Sixtieth Annual Young Musicians Competition and Grand Prize/Scholarship Auditions will be held on January 4 & 5, 2020 at MCC Performing Arts Center. YMC Winners Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.

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Practice information and the weekly rehearsal order are posted on the Musicians Corner page each week.


The 2019-2020 Handbook is posted on Musician’s Corner.


Contact the orchestra manager, Todd Betz, if a student is interested in joining PYS this semester.

Students auditioning for Youth Symphony are required to perform an excerpt as part of the audition. Excerpts are posted here.


Forms to make monthly ensemble fee payments are now available on the bottom of each ensemble login page.  You can make 5 monthly payments (September-January) once your $200 deposit has been paid and your registration form submitted.   You can pay off your balance earlier by manually entering the amount you wish to pay on the form.  All balances are due by January 31, 2020.  There will be a $25 late fee added to all balances after January 31.  Fees are non-refundable after August 21, 2019.

Listen to PYS’ Music Director, and The Phoenix Symphony’s Resident Conductor, Matthew Kasper’s August 2019 interview on “The Show” on KJZZ HERE!

Fox10 was at Music Memory on Tuesday, February 5.  Watch their broadcast HERE!


PYS’ quarterly newsletter, Grace Notes, are available on the About Us page.

Congratulations to the 2019 Young Musicians Competition Grand Prize Winner, Jessica Zhang (piano), and Otranto Prize Winner, Belle Wang (violin).  They performed their concertos, accompanied by The Phoenix Symphony, at the Side-by-Side Concert on Wednesday, February 6th at 6:30 pm at Phoenix Symphony Hall.

Congratulations to all of the Junior and Senior Division Winners of the 59th Annual Young Musicians Competition held on Saturday, January 5th.  The list is posted on the Competition page.

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Upcoming Events

Holiday Prelude XXXIV

Monday, December 16
JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn

9:30 am – Boutiques
Noon – Luncheon
1:00 pm – Fashion Show

Bake Sale – Donate homemade baked goods.  All proceeds from the sale will be distributed equally between the Phoenix Youth Symphony and the Phoenix Theatre Guild.   Bring items to the Bake Sale Table just inside the ballroom entrance anytime after 8:00 am on December 16.

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Sectionals and Seating Auditions

6:30-8:30 pm at Central High School

SW – Wednesday, November 20
SYM – Wednesday, December 4
YS – Wednesday, December 11 (Sectionals only)
SO – Wednesday, January 15

Music Memory

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 10:00 am
North Phoenix Baptist Church

Music Memory is a cultural enrichment program designed to enhance understanding and appreciation of symphonic music. It is open to all schools in Maricopa County, public, private, and home schools.  Information about the selections that will be performed by the Youth Symphony will be posted on the Music Memory page of the website soon.

Click here to make a reservation for your students!





 Rehearsal Notices

2019-2020 Season Schedule

String Orchestra, Symphonic Winds, Symphonette, Chamber Winds & Youth Symphony
Rehearsals at 6:30 pm at Central High School unless otherwise noted:

Wed., December 4 – SYM Sectionals/Seating Auditions
Wed., December 11 – Rehearsal – Perc, SO, SW, SYM, CW
Wed., December 11 – YS Sectionals
Wed., December 18, 25 & January 1 – NO REHEARSAL; Winter Break
Wed., January 8 – Rehearsal
Wed., January 15 – Rehearsal – Perc., SW, SYM, CW, YS
Wed., January 15 – SO Sectionals/Seating Auditions
Wed., January 22 – Rehearsal

Prelude Strings 
Rehearsals at 6:00-7:45 pm at Paradise Valley Methodist Church (PVUMC)

Tues., December 10 – Rehearsal
Tues., December 17, 24 & 31- NO REHEARSAL; Winter Break
Tues., January 7 – Rehearsal
Tues., January 14 – Rehearsal
Tues., January 21 – Rehearsal


December 16-January 5 – Winter Break (No Rehearsals)
March 9-13 – Spring Break (No Rehearsals)
Tues., April 28 – Last PS Rehearsal
Wed., April 29 – Last Rehearsal

Weekly Rehearsal Schedule and Information on Musician’s Corner page each week.

Absence Form

Click here to submit an absence form. Please read absence policy carefully.


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