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Auditions for 2020-2021 will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020 (Youth Symphony Violin), Saturday, May 9, 2020 (Symphonette Strings), Friday, May 15, 2020 (Youth Symphony Viola, Cello, Bass) 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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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 was held on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.

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The Phoenix Youth Symphony is actively seeking candidates to fill our newly established position of Executive Director. CLICK HERE for more information.

CLICK HERE to watch Arizona Morning Fox 10 News at Music Memory on February 4, 2020.

2020-2021 Auditions: Current PYS musicians: The Phoenix Youth Symphony would like to know your intentions for the 2020-2021 season.  This will help us prepare for next season.  CLICK HERE to submit your Renewal Intent form online OR click here to download and print an intent form.

Renewal Registration Applications deadline was February 15.  Students who want to perform in the SAME ENSEMBLE next season should have submitted the renewal form and pay the $30 non-refundable fee by midnight, February 15.  2020-2021 Audition Applications for new students, and current PYS students who want to audition to move to a new ensemble are available HERE. Students who want to remain in their current ensemble and missed the February 15 must complete an audition application and audition in May with other students being considered for the ensemble.

Congratulations to the 2020 Young Musicians Competition Grand Prize Winner, Ethan Yang (violin), and Otranto Prize Winner, Daniel Walker (flute).  They performed 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.


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

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Upcoming Events

Teacher Appreciation Concert

Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Madison Center for the Arts, Phoenix
5601 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016

This concert recognizes the instrumental music teachers of the PYS musicians and features the PYS Percussion Ensemble, Prelude Strings, String Orchestra, Symphonic Winds, Chamber Winds and Symphonette.

Tickets are $15-Adults and $5-Students
Music Teachers are eligible for 2 free tickets.  Please email Todd Betz, Orchestra Manager, for a Coupon Code to be used on the ticket purchase link.

CLICK HERE for tickets.

Youth Symphony Chamber Concert

Friday, March 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm
First United Methodist Church, Phoenix
5510 N Central Ave, Phoenix, 85013





 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., February 19 – Rehearsal
Wed., February 26 – Rehearsal
Wed., March 4 – Rehearsal
Wed., March 11 – Spring Break – No Rehearsal
Wed., March 18 – Rehearsal – Perc, SO, SW, SYM, CW
Wed., March 18 – YS Chamber Concert Rehearsal at First United Methodist Church
Wed., March 25 – Rehearsal – Perc., SO , SW, CW, YS
Wed., March 25 – SYM Sectionals/Seating

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

Tues., February 18 – Rehearsal
Tues., February 26 – Rehearsal
Tues., March 3 – Rehearsal
Tues., March 10 – Spring Break – No Rehearsal
Tues., March 17 – Rehearsal
Tues., March 24 – 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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