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Auditions for 2017-2018 will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 (YS Upper Strings, SYM Upper & Lower Strings, SYM & SW Brass & Woodwinds, All Percussion, All SO) and Saturday, May 20, 2017 (YS Lower Strings, YS Brass & Woodwinds) 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-seventh Annual Young Musicians Competition and Grand Prize/Scholarship Auditions were held on January 7 & 8, 2017 at MCC Performing Arts Center. YMC Winners Luncheon was held on Tuesday, February 14.

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Orchestra fee balances are due by March 31, 2017.  Avoid the $25 late fee by making sure your balance is paid on time.  Login to your ensemble page to make credit card payments.  Cash, check and credit card payments are accepted during rehearsals. Check your balance due at rehearsal or contact the orchestra manager.

Advertise in our 2017 Season Program book!  Parents and Teachers can congratulate their favorite musician(s) by purchasing a congratulatory ad.  Details are on the “Musicians Corner” page.  You can also advertise your business in the program.  Details and prices are on the “Support Us” page under “Advertising.”  Advertisement deadline is March 31, 2017.

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.

RENEWAL AUDITIONS will be held for PYS students who want to REMAIN in their current ensemble during the 2017-2018 season.  Applications are available on the ensemble login pages.  Youth Symphony renewal auditions will start in January.  Symphonette and Symphonic Winds renewal auditions will be in March/April.  Login to your ensemble page for details.  All String Orchestra students who want to remain in String Orchestra next season will audition in May during the regularly scheduled auditions.  YS, SYM or SW students who do not submit their renewal application by the deadline will be required to audition during the regular May auditions.  Current students who want to audition for a different ensemble than they are currently in must audition in May.  Those applications will be available on the “Auditions” page.

Purchase a PYS zippered sweatshirt.  Sweatshirts are $35 each.  Limited sizes and quantities are available.  See Cindy Mohler.

PYS Black Sweatshirts, Mock Up, 2015


PYS is pleased to announce  Ian Grzyb as new Percussion Director and new Symphonic Winds/Chamber Winds Conductor, Aaron Vogel.  Welcome to PYS!


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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!

Upcoming Events


Phoenix Youth Symphony with The Phoenix Symphony
Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Phoenix Symphony Hall

click on the link for the program and to download tickets


Symphonic Winds – September 9-10 (Camp Stein, Prescott)
String Orchestra – September 9-10 (Camp Sky-Y, Prescott)
Youth Symphony – September 15-17 (Camp Sky-Y, Prescott)
Symphonette – September 29-October 1 (Camp Sky-Y, Prescott)

 Rehearsal Notices

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

March 25 (Saturday) : Side-by-Side Rehearsal – YS
9:40 am-12:30 pm, Phoenix Symphony Hall; soloists 11:30-12:30

March 29 : Rehearsal – SO, SW
SYM Sectionals/Seating Auditions – ASA
YS only – Spring Break

April 5 : Rehearsal
SO Sectionals/Seating Auditions – ASA

April 12: Rehearsal

April 19: Rehearsal

April 26: Last Rehearsal

Full 2016-2017 Schedule

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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