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 2015-2016 will be held June 1-5, 2015 at Arizona School for the Arts.  Information and 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-fifth Annual Young Musicians Competition Grand Prize/Scholarship Auditions was held on January 3 & 4, 2015 at Mesa Community College.  YMC Winners’ Luncheon was held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

Latest News

Congratulations to all of the 2015 Young Musicians’ Competition Scholarship Winners.  Congratulations to Kathleen Wu (flute) – Grand Prize Winner and Brigit Fitzgerald (bassoon) – Otranto Prize Winner.  They will be performing their concertos with The Phoenix Symphony at the Side-by-Side Concert on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Phoenix Symphony Hall.  CLICK HERE for the complete list of winners

Congrats to the Sandra Day O’Connor Marching Band – 2014 Division I ABODA State Marching Champions!

Congrats to the Deer Valley High School Marching Band – 2014 Division II ABODA State Marching Champions!

Congratulations to PYS members who placed in the ASTA Arizona Solo Competition on November 8:

Junior Category:
1st place – Belle Wang
2nd place – Mitchel Wang
3rd place – Alicia Wu
Honorable Mention – Isabella Biggs
Senior Category:
1st place – Bobae Johnson
2nd place – Teresa Yu
Honorable mention – Chase Lee, Ann Chang


There is a significant amount of construction happening at Central High School.  The south parking lot is completely closed.  You will be able to drop students off next to the Fine Arts building (where we rehearse), and there is room to turn around.  Plan on parking in the north lot!
Remember that the high school is accessible ONLY if you are going north on Central Ave.
PYS has launched its first T-shirt fundraiser campaign.  These are t-shirts and hoodies available to everyone (they do not replace the black polos the ensemble members are required to have).  Use the following link to the fundraiser:  https://www.bonfirefunds.com/phoenix-youth-symphony/

Click here to download a flyer and share it with friends and family!

Shop at Amazon or Fry’s and support PYS! It’s easy. Click here for details.
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!

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas Cockrell, a music professor and conductor at the University of Arizona, is the new conductor of the orchestra. Dr. Cockrell has been Keitaro’s mentor and has an extensive background in conducting and music education.  We are excited to welcome him to Phoenix Youth Symphony.
Check out the 2011-12 and 2012-13 Season Pictures here

Thank you Mel Huff  for photographing the season!

Upcoming Events


Sunday, March 8, 2015; 3:00 pm
Phoenix Symphony Hall

Phoenix Youth Symphony performs side-by-side with The Phoenix Symphony.  The concert also features the 55th Annual Young Musicians’ Competition Grand Prize and Clotilde Otranto Prize Winners performing their concertos accompanied by The Phoenix Symphony.
Tickets are free and can be obtained online, at rehearsals or at the door. Click here for more information.

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Rehearsal Notices

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

March 4- Rehearsal, 6:30 pm

Saturday, March 7 – YS Rehearsal with TPS at Phoenix Symphony Hall, 10:00 am-12:30 pm

March 11 – Rehearsal, 6:30 pm

March 18 – SPRING BREAK, N0 Rehearsal!

Log in to Percussion page for percussion schedule

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

Weekly Newsletter on Musician’s Corner page.