Phoenix Youth Symphony

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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 were 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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Latest News

Congratulations to the 2020 Young Musicians Competition Grand Prize Winner, Ethan Yang (violin), and Otranto Prize Winner, Daniel Walker (flute).  They will perform their concertos, accompanied by The Phoenix Symphony, at the Side-by-Side Concert on Wednesday, February 5th at 6:30 pm at Phoenix Symphony Hall. Congratulations to all of the 2020 Scholarship Winners:  2020 YMC Scholarship Auditions Final Results.

Congratulations to all of the Junior and Senior Division Winners of the 60th Annual Young Musicians Competition held on Saturday, January 4th.  The  complete list is posted on the Competition page.


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.

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.

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Upcoming Events

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!

Competition Winners Luncheon

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

11:00 am – hospitality
12:00 – luncheon
1:00 pm – program

The 2020 Young Musicians Competition Senior Division winners and the Grand Prize and Clotilde Otranto Prize Winners will be performing their concertos at a special luncheon.

Cost – $80.  Reservations must be received by February 4. Click here for online reservations and more information.

Side-by-Side Concert

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 6:30 pm
Phoenix Symphony Hall

(Orchestra members sign in downstairs rehearsal room between 5:00-5:15 pm)

Featuring Phoenix Youth Symphony and The Phoenix Symphony
Also featuring the winners of the 2020 Young Musicians Competition

String Orchestra will perform in the lobby prior to the concert (5:45 pm)
All ensembles to attend the concert.  Attendance will be taken.

Tickets are free and can be downloaded here (click on the “register” button to reserve your tickets).

Click here for Youth Symphony Music Memory and Side-by-Side schedule/instructions





 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:

Tues., January 28 – YS Side-by-Side Rehearsal (6:30-8:30 pm at Phoenix Symphony Hall)
Wed., January 29 – Rehearsal
Tues., February 4 – YS Side-by-Side Rehearsal (6:30-9:00 pm at Phoenix Symphony Hall)
Wed., February 5 – All Ensembles to Side-by-Side Concert (6:30 pm Phoenix Symphony Hall; SO 5:45 pm)
Wed., February 12 – Rehearsal
Wed., February 19 – Rehearsal
Wed., February 25 – Rehearsal

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

Tues., January 28 – Rehearsal
Tues., February 4 – Rehearsal
Tues., February 11 – Rehearsal
Tues., February 18 – Rehearsal
Tues., February 26 – Rehearsal


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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