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Auditions for 2017-2018 were 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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Music Memory

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

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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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Phoenix Youth Symphony, the premier youth orchestral training program in Arizona since 1952, is seeking an experienced Orchestra Manager to co-ordinate with the PYS Board and five Conductors for performances, rehearsals, retreats and venues for two full orchestras and three ensembles utilizing full and part time volunteers.

This position presents an excellent opportunity for involvement with talented youth as a part time paid vocation.

Student musicians range from 5th grade thru High School.  Activities extend from August to May, though the position has responsibilities year round.

Knowledge of classical music is necessary, but need not be extensive.  Communication, organizational and team building abilities are critical to success.

CLICK HERE for job criteria.

Interested applicants should email a resume to Jane Evans, Orchestral Advisory Chairman by July 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.

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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


May 13 & 20
More information on the Auditions page


Symphonic Winds – September 9-10 (Camp Stein, Prescott)
Youth Symphony – September 8-10 (Camp Sky-Y, Prescott)
String Orchestra – September 16-17 (Camp Sky-Y, Prescott)
Symphonette – TBA (Camp Sky-Y, Prescott)

 Rehearsal Notices

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

August 23: Orientation 2017-2018

August 30: First Rehearsal 2017-2018

October 11: Fall Break
No Rehearsal

December 27 & January 3: Winter Break
No Rehearsals

March 14: Spring Break
No Rehearsal

April 25: Final 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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