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Auditions for 2016-2017 will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 (all ensembles) at MCC Performing Arts Center. Auditions for either brass or woodwinds may also be scheduled on May 14 if we are unable to accommodate all of the auditions on May 21.  Information and online applications are available here.

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Conducted by professional musicians, PYS’s 6 Ensembles offer outstanding learning and performance opportunities.[/numbered_box]

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The Fifty-sixth Annual Young Musicians Competition Grand Prize/Scholarship Auditions were held on January 9 & 10, 2016 at Mesa Community College.  YMC Winners’ Luncheon was held on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.[/numbered_box]

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Music Memory is a cultural enrichment program designed to enhance understanding and appreciation of symphonic music.


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Music Memory 2017 will be held on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at North Phoenix Baptist Church. Teachers : click here to reserve a space for your class!

The rules for the Young Musicians Competition and Scholarship Auditions are currently being revised for 2017.  The new repertoire list is now updated and available here.

Congratulations to Youth Symphony trumpet player, Viveca Lawrie.  She will be soloing with MusicaNova Chamber Ensemble on Sunday, February 21 at 3:00 pm at Scottsdale Presbyterian Church (3421 N. Hayden Road).  Come and hear her perform Handel’s Overture to Atalanta for Trumpet and Strings.  Admission is free. Viveca was also  selected as a semi-finalist in the High School Division of the National Trumpet Competition. The competition will be held this March at the Schwob School of Music in Columbus, GA. Good luck, Viveca!


Congratulations to all of the 2016 Young Musicians’ Competition Scholarship Winners.  Congratulations to Bobae Johnson (violin) – Grand Prize Winner and Tamachi Goodson (cello) – Clotilde Otranto Prize Winner.  They will be performing their concertos with The Phoenix Symphony at the Side-by-Side Concert on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at Phoenix Symphony Hall.  CLICK HERE for the complete list of scholarship winners.
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Youth Symphony concertmaster, Bobae Johnson, was selected to perform with the Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” tour on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Comerica Theatre. As an aperitif to the holiday classic, she will accompany a Moscow Ballet soloist dancing “The Dying Swan,” from Saint-Saëns’ “The Carnival of the Animals.”

The appearance is part of the tour’s “Musical Wunderkind” program highlighting young talents in the cities it visits.  Congratulations, Bobae!


Brass players from all PYS ensembles are invited to perform the National Anthem at the Phoenix Suns v. Utah Jazz game on Saturday, February 6, 2016. If you are interested in attending, you may purchase discounted tickets.

Congrats to Desert Vista High School – 1st place in the Division I Arizona State Marching Championships:
Jordan Gotwalt, Jonathan Lee, Nori Matsushita, and Michael Kang


Congrats to the following students who placed in the ASTA State Solo Competition:

Mitchel Wang, 3rd place – Junior Category
Jonathan Pak, Honorable Mention Junior Category
Chase Lee, 1st place – Senior Category
2014 Germany Tour

June 9-18, 2014
Musicians from Youth Symphony, Symphonette and Symphonic Winds toured and performed in East Germany.  Click Here to see pictures from the trip!

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Sunday, April 17 at 2:00 pm
King of Glory Lutheran Church, Tempe

Free will offering

CLICK HERE for more information



Sunday, May 1. 2016 at 3:00 pm
Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix



Symphonic Winds – September 3 & 4 (Camp Stein, Prescott)
String Orchestra – September 10-11 (Camp Pinerock, Prescott)
Youth Symphony – September 9-11 (Camp Sky-Y, Prescott)
Symphonette Orchestra – September 16-18 (Camp Sky-Y, Prescott)


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Rehearsals on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm at Central High School unless otherwise noted:

April 6: Rehearsals
String Orchestra Sectionals & Seating Auditions at ASA

April 13: Rehearsals

April 20: Rehearsals

April 27: Last Rehearsal



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