Music Memory

Music Memory, started in 1960, is a cultural enrichment program designed to enhance understanding and appreciation of symphonic music.  It is designed primarily for grades 3-6, and it is open to all schools in Maricopa County, public and private.  In the past students in Yavapai, Apache, and Navajo counties also participated.

Each year the pieces to be studied are selected by the Music Memory Committee and the PYS Conductor.  Listening guides are written and published by the Committee and made available to participating students for classroom study.  In February those students attend a concert of the studied selections, performed by the Phoenix Youth Symphony.  Nearly 500,000 children have attended Music Memory concerts over the years.  Learn more…

Young Musicians Competition

The Annual Young Musicians Competition Grand Prize/Scholarship Auditions is held in early January at Mesa Community College.  This Competition for gifted student musicians throughout Arizona was begun in 1960 by the Phoenix Symphony Guild. Through this event, PYS awards five Junior and up to fifteen Senior Division scholarships to renowned music camps and festivals nationwide. For over twenty years the Grand Prize Winner has performed with The Phoenix Symphony at our annual Side-by-Side Concert.  In 1997, through the efforts of Clotilde Otranto, then Conductor of the Youth Orchestra and Associate Director of the Phoenix Symphony, a second prize was added to let a member of the Orchestral Training Program with the highest score also perform with The Phoenix Symphony.  Learn more…

Orchestral Training Program

Conducted by professional musicians, renowned for their expertise in conducting and teaching orchestral skills, Phoenix Youth Symphony’s “stair-step” instrumental ensembles offer outstanding learning and performance opportunities in a professional setting and at a minimal cost to student participants.  Students in fifth through twelfth grades are selected each year through audition to study and perform symphonic literature in the PYS Prelude Strings, String Orchestra, Symphonic Winds, Symphonette Orchestra, Chamber Winds and Phoenix Youth Symphony.  In addition to weekly rehearsals, all PYS students benefit from the expertise of professional musicians in a “hands on” situation through Master Classes, sectionals, clinics and weekend retreats.  Each year these young musicians delight audience members of all ages who enjoy the highest quality of classical music performance.