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August Auditions (late auditions) for 2020-2021 will be held via audition videos using the Acceptd online audition platform. All online video audition submissions are due on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 4:00 pm.

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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 Sixty-first Annual Young Musicians Competition and Grand Prize/Scholarship Auditions were held on January 9 & 10, 2021 at MCC Performing Arts Center. YMC Winners Luncheon date to be announced.

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Registration forms for the 2020-2021 season are posted on the ensemble pages.  Login to your ensemble using the password sent with your acceptance information.  Registration forms and payments/deposits are due by July 8, 2020.  If you have question please contact the orchestra manager.

August Auditions (late auditions) for the 2020-2021 season will be held via audition videos using the Acceptd online audition platform in place of live auditions.  Submission deadline is Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 11:59 pm. To apply for the August Auditions please click on the Acceptd logo on the Auditions page.  You will be redirected to the PYS Acceptd landing page for application. August non-refundable audition fee is $35.  Requested scales for the video auditions will be posted on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 4:00 pm.

Some of the PYS Ensembles have new names for the upcoming season.  The names of the ensembles are:

Prelude Strings
String Orchestra
Wind Orchestra (formerly Symphonic Winds)
Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly Symphonette Orchestra)
Symphony Orchestra (formerly Youth Symphony)

PYS has been interviewing the 2020 graduating seniors in a feature called SENIOR SPOTLIGHTS 2020.  CLICK HERE to meet Youth Symphony trombonist, Gracie Potter.

Congratulations to PYS Artistic Director, Youth Symphony Conductor, and Resident Conductor, The Phoenix Symphony, Matthew Kasper.  Maestro Kasper is a recipient of this year’s The Sir Georg Solti Career Assistance Award. The award, which named 20 recipients this year, recognizes outstanding young American conductors.

CLICK HERE for the latest issue of PYS’ quarterly newsletter, Grace Notes.  Past issues are available on the About Us page.


Watch Matthew Kasper, Phoenix Symphony Resident Conductor (and PYS Music Director and Youth Symphony Conductor) on Arizona PBS “Art in the 48”:

Meet The Phoenix Symphony’s resident conductor

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.

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 2020-2021 Handbook will be posted on Musician’s Corner soon.


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Upcoming Events

2020 – 2021 Parent Orientation Meeting

Sunday, August 16, 2020 – 3:00 pm
Central High School, Phoenix

2020 – 2021 First Rehearsals

Prelude Strings – Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church

All other ensembles – Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Central High School

2020 – 2021 Retreats

Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra & Symphonic Winds:

Friday, August 28, 2020 – Sunday, August 30, 2020
Prescott Pines Camp

String Orchestra & Prelude Strings:

Saturday, October 3, 2020 – Sunday, October 4, 2020
Friendly Pines Camp, Prescott






 Rehearsal Notices

PYS is working and planning for a traditional season. In lieu of all current COVID-19 news we are monitoring all regulations and recommendations.  We are also making contingency plans for alternate rehearsal concepts if public and school board rules prohibit traditional rehearsal scenarios.  We are planning for a great season!

2019-2020 Season Schedule

String Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Winds & Symphony Orchestra
Rehearsals at 6:30 pm at Central High School unless otherwise noted:


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


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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