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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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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 was held on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.

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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

Important PYS Rehearsal Changes and  Information – (COVID19 Circumstances)

In accordance with the guidelines set forth by the city, state and school districts (Phoenix Union School district in particular) PYS will not hold in person ensemble rehearsals through the week of April 10, 2020.
The conductors of each ensemble are working to create opportunities for each ensemble to get together virtually. We will also continue to forward great online opportunities that are provided such as the free masterclasses and the free Met and Berlin recording archives to listen to.
We are hopeful; we may still be able to have some remaining season depending on the recommendations of our health and government authorities. We are working all possibilities.
PYS is also continuing to work on contingency plans for auditions for the 2020-2021 season. If you are in contact with your musical colleagues from school online please be sure to share with them the opportunity to audition for PYS for next season. Keep practicing hard as we are striving to have auditions for next season and look forward to more great music making opportunities.

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 has been extended to midnight, March 13.  Students who want to perform in the SAME ENSEMBLE next season must submit the renewal application and pay the $30 non-refundable fee by midnight, March 7. Login to your ensemble page to submit the renewal application.

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 miss the March 13 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.


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

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Upcoming Events

Youth Symphony Chamber Concert

Postponed – Date to be announced
First United Methodist Church, Phoenix
5510 N Central Ave, Phoenix, 85013

Season Finale

Sunday, May 3, 2020
Phoenix Symphony Hall

2:00 pm – Prelude Strings, String Orchestra, Symphonic Winds, Chamber Winds and Percussion Ensemble
6:30 pm – Symphonette and Youth Symphony





 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:


We are monitoring the current situation closely and information will be posted when we are safely able to resume rehearsals. 

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


We are monitoring the current situation closely and  information will be posted when we are safely able to resume 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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