Welcome to the Phoenix Youth Symphony!

Expanding Horizons for Youth through Music. Phoenix Youth Symphony provides young people in pursuit of excellence and connect the unconnected through educational, experiential and creative music performance.


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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Orchestral Training

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



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 will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

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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!

Upcoming Events



Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 3:00 pm
McClintock High School

Percussion Ensemble, Chamber Winds, String Orchestra, Symphonic Winds and Symphonette honor their instrumental music teachers in this concert.

Tickets are available at rehearsals (February 10 and 17) or at the door:

$10 – Adults
$5 – Students and Seniors (62+)
$35 – Family Pack (up to 8 members)

Instrumental music teachers are free (they have been sent a flier that is a ticket for admittance and are welcome to bring a guest).


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Brass players from all PYS ensembles are invited to perform the National Anthem at the Phoenix Suns v. Utah Jazz game.

Rehearsal Notices

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

February 10: Rehearsal

February 17: Rehearsal
Youth Symphony Sectionals at ASA (6:30-9:00 pm)

February 24: Rehearsal

March 2: Rehearsal
Symphonic Winds Sectionals & Seating Auditions at ASA


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Weekly Newsletter on Musician’s Corner page.