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Auditions for 2018-2019 will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 (YS Lower Strings, YS Brass & Woodwinds) and Saturday, May 19, 2018 (YS Upper Strings, SYM Upper & Lower Strings, SYM & SW Brass & Woodwinds, All Percussion, All SO)at MCC Performing Arts Center.

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Orchestral Training

Conducted by professional musicians. PYS’ six ensembles offer outstanding learning and performance opportunities.

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Discover a new love

Music Memory

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

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Test your skills


The Fifty-eighth Annual Young Musicians Competition and Grand Prize/Scholarship Auditions will be held on January 6 & 7, 2018 at MCC Performing Arts Center. YMC Winners Luncheon will be on Tues., February 13th.

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Latest News

Thank you to Maestro Tito Muñoz, Music Director of The Phoenix Symphony, for working with the Youth Symphony during rehearsal on October 4!

The 58th Annual PYS Young Musicians Competition will be held January 6, 2018 .  Go to YMC Competition Rules for information and to submit an application.  The Scholarship Auditions for the Senior Division will be held on January 7.  A contrasting piece is no longer required for the scholarship auditions.  Visit YMC Scholarship Rules for details and requirements.

Congratulations to 2017 Young Musicians Competition Grand Prize Winner Belle Wang (violin) and Otranto Prize Winner Bobae Johnson (violin).  They will be performing their concertos, accompanied by The Phoenix Symphony, at the Side-by-Side Concert on Sunday, March 26 at 3:00 pm at Phoenix Symphony Hall.  Congratulations to all of the Junior and Senior Division winners of the 57th Annual Young Musicians Competition held on Saturday, January 7 & 8.  The list of Division Winners and the Scholarship Audition results are posted on the Competition page.

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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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The Phoenix Youth Symphony is celebrating 65 years of educating young musicians and students. In honor of this milestone we have established a ’65 for 65’ campaign: $65 donations in honor of 65 years of service and for the next 65 years. We are excited for the future as we   continue to build and offer the highest quality experience and opportunity for students.

CLICK HERE for more information and consider making a tax-deductible donation today!


Wednesday, October 25

Must have full concert attire to be in the ensemble photo
Ensemble photos will be taken during rehearsal.  Individual photos can be taken before or after rehearsal starting at 5:30 pm.

“DJ’s and Dvorák”

Sunday, November 12 at 3:00 pm
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Guest Artist:  D.J., Jordan “Madhatter” Lee – Turntables

Tickets available online at : Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Box Office
or call 480-499-8587, beginning October 12.

Assigned seating so purchase your tickets early!
$20 – Adults (includes $1 service fee)
$5 – Students


Saturday, November 11, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at Central High School
Sunday, November 12, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

more information available on the Events page

“Fall Music Celebration”

Sunday, November 19 at 3:00 pm
Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix

Tickets: $15-Adults/$5-Students


Saturdays, May 12 & 19, 2018
More information on the Auditions page

 Rehearsal Notices

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

October 18: Fall Break
No Rehearsal

October 25: Rehearsal
Ensemble Photos – concert attire

November 1: Rehearsal

November 8: Rehearsal

Sat., November 11: YS Rehearsal
10:00 am-1:00 pm at Central HS

Sun., November 12: YS Rehearsal
11:00 am-1:30 pm at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

November 15: Rehearsal


December 20, 27 & January 3: Winter Break
No Rehearsals

March 14: Spring Break
No Rehearsal

April 25: Final Rehearsal

Full Schedule 2017-2018

Absence Form

Click here to submit an absence form. Please read absence policy carefully.

Weekly Newsletter on Musician’s Corner page.

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