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Prelude Strings

Phoenix Youth Symphony Orchestras Update Plan for Fall 2020 Season

In place of our large ensembles PYSO will be offering an enhanced, weekly in-person Chamber Music Program for all participant in the fall 2020.

Chamber music is one of the foundational building blocks not only for a great orchestral player, but also a great overall musician.  Our conductors have been looking to add more chamber group options over the last two years to enhance our students experience and we are excited to have the opportunity to offer such a valuable experience.  Chamber ensemble instruction also adds components of leadership and teamwork, sharpening the life-long, transferable skills of working together in a small group setting to achieve excellence. Students will be divided into either a chamber ensemble (i.e. quartets, quintets, choirs) or a chamber orchestra. The Chamber Orchestra will allow for distancing in the orchestra set up in an appropriate rehearsal space.

PYSO students will receive personalized and group instruction from PYSO Conductors as well as coaches from the Phoenix Symphony, ASU and other high-level professionals.

Chamber music ensembles will also allow PYSO to meet required city, state, county and venue guidelines regarding social distancing, group numbers, masks and help to ensure we provide as safe an environment as possible to our students, staff and families.

PYSO is actively searching for multiple performance opportunities in the fall that could include live audience and live streaming concerts in professional venues throughout Arizona. We are in constant conversation with our partners at Symphony Hall, Mesa Center for that Arts, Scottsdale Center for the Arts and various churches regarding venue access.

If, after consideration, you are not comfortable with your child participating in person, please reach out to us regarding possible virtual only offerings we may have in the fall and feel free to contact our Operations Manager, Todd Betz at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

PYSO Safety Precautions 2020-2021

New Dates:

The registration deadline will be Sunday, August 9th at 11:59 pm in order to give families ample time to consider participation in PYSO.

The first rehearsal will be delayed until after Labor Day to allow PYSO more clarity and preparation for our plans.
Specific start date will be posted when available.

The Fall Retreat has been postponed until Spring 2021.  After consulting with the camps and our conductors, we realized we would not be able to provide the full camp experience with restrictions and safety guidelines in place.  The retreat is a vital part of the PYSO experience, and it is important that our students and families are offered the full experience in a safe setting.

Spring retreat details to come.

Phoenix Youth Symphony 2020-21 Handbook

The PYS Handbook contains the policies, procedures and information for the 2020-2021 Season.

Download and save the handbook to you computers, phones and smart devices:

The 2020-2021 Handbook will be posted soon.

Rehearsal notes:

Prelude Strings:
String Orchestra:
Wind Orchestra:
Philharmonic Orchestra:
Percussion Members: 
Symphony Orchestra:


2020-2021 Full Season Schedule

The new season schedule will be posted.

The Phoenix Symphony Classical Series 2019-2020

PYS members receive two free tickets to each classical concert.

Present PYS membership card at the box office on the day of the concert.

CLICK HERE for the schedule.

Monthly Fee Payments

Pay by check or cash at rehearsal.  Pay by credit card by logging onto your ensemble page.  A late fee will be added to all balances after January 31, 2020.  Students will unpaid balances after April 30 will NOT perform in the Season Finale. Fees are not refunded after August 19, 2020.


Absence Form

Click here for attendance policy and absence request form

2020 Retreats

Postponed until Spring 2021.  Spring retreat details to come.


Your tax-deductible contribution is your strongest statement that you believe, as we do, in the value of these young musical ambassadors in our community and the future of classical music.