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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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The 2019-2020 Handbook is posted on Musician’s Corner.  Please download, print, sign and return the Handbook Acknowledgement Form and the School Confirmation Form to your Ensemble Committee by Wednesday, August 28, 2019.


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!

Symphonette Conductor, Dr. Walter Temme is celebrating 30 years with Phoenix Youth Symphony.  CLICK HERE for an article about him in the February 2019 edition of Lovin’ Life After 50.

Maestro Castro and 4 Youth Symphony musicians were on AZTV7 with Pat McMahon on January 30.  Click here to watch.

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

Parent Orientation Meeting

Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Central High School

First Rehearsal

Prelude Strings:
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Paradise Valley Methodist Church

Youth Symphony, Symphonette, Symphonic Winds, String Orchestra:
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Central High School

Retreat Dates for 2019-2020

Youth Symphony – Prescott Pines
Strings – September 6-8, 2019
Brass/Woodwinds – September 7-8, 2019

Symphonette – Prescott Pines
Strings – September 6-8, 2019
Brass/Woodwinds – September 7-8, 2019

Symphonic Winds – Prescott Pines
September 7-8, 2019

All Percussion – Prescott Pines
September 7-8, 2019

String Orchestra – Camp Friendly Pines
September 28-29, 2019



 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., August 21 – Rehearsal
Wed., August 28 – Rehearsal
Wed., September 4 – Rehearsal
Wed., September 11 – Rehearsal
Wed., September 18 – Rehearsal

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

Tues, August 20 – Rehearsal
Tues., August 27 – Rehearsal
Tues., September 3 – Rehearsal
Tues., September 10 – Rehearsal
Tues., September 17 – Rehearsal


October 7-11 – Fall Break (No Rehearsals)
November 25-29 – Thanksgiving Break (No Rehearsals)
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

Absence Form

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

Weekly Newsletter on Musician’s Corner page.

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