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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.


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.

Listen to PYS’ Music Director, and The Phoenix Symphony’s Resident Conductor, Matthew Kasper’s August 2019 interview on “The Show” on KJZZ HERE!

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.

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

Retreat Dates for 2019-2020

Prelude Strings – Camp Friendly Pines
September 28, 2019

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

933 E Friendly Pines Rd, Prescott, AZ 86303

Photo Days

Tues., October 1 – Prelude Strings
Wed., October 2 – All other ensembles

All Ensembles Fall Concert

Sunday, October 27, 2019, 3:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theater

Youth Symphony Fall Concert

Sunday, November 3, 2019, 3:00 pm
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts



 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., September 25 – Rehearsal
Wed., October 2 – Rehearsal and Photo Day
Wed., October 9 – Fall Break; No Rehearsal
Wed., October 16 – Rehearsal
Wed., October 23 – Rehearsal

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

Tues., September 24 – Rehearsal
Tues., October 1 – Rehearsal and Photo Day
Tues., October 8 – Fall Break; No Rehearsal
Tues., October 15 – Rehearsal
Tues., October 22 – 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 Rehearsal Schedule and Information on Musician’s Corner page.

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