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 2014-15 will be held May 19-23, 2014.  Applications are now available.

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Orchestral Training

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



The Fifty-fourth Annual Young Musicians Competition Grand Prize/Scholarship Auditions was held on January 4 & 5, 2014.  YMC Winners’ Luncheon was held on February 18.


Music Memory

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


Latest News

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Congratulations to Youth Symphony clarinetist, Alex Dergal, for placing second in the Chandler Symphony Orchestra’s youth competition. He will be performing Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie at a free concert on Saturday,  March 1st at 2:00 pm in Bogle Theater at Chandler Center for the Arts.


The 2013 Holiday Prelude was a huge success! The PYS board received a significant check for our share of the profits. Thank you to Judy Peel for chairing the event for PYS. We appreciate the committee’s hard work. It was a wonderful event and successful fundraiser!  Join us for Holiday Prelude XXIX – Friday, December 5, 2014 at the Phoenician!


The Arizona Society for General Music held its First Annual Composition Festival this year.  The top three compositions will be performed at the 75th Annual Arizona Music Educators Association Conference on Friday, January 31 at 5:30 pm at the Phoenix Mesa Marriott’s Arizona Ballroom.   Congratulations to the three top ranked composers.  All three are members of Phoenix Youth Symphony!

Ingress by Aurora Lawrie
Simple Triumph by Parker Kauffman
The Journey by Jose Plascencia

Click here to hear the entries.


Congratulations to 54th Annual Young Musicians’ Competition Grand Prize Winner, Tiffany Chang (violin) and Clotilde Otranto Prize Winner, Linda Han (violin).  They will be performing their concertos with The Phoenix Symphony at the Side-by-Side Concert on Sunday, March 16 at 3:00 pm at Symphony Hall.  CLICK HERE for a complete list of competition winners.


Youth Symphony Bassoonist Brigit Fitzgerald, and her twin sister Abbey are featured on azcentral.com Arizona’s Home Page http://www.azcentral.com/community/ahwatukee/articles/20131003horizon-honors-twins-earn-spots-national-music-concert.html?nclick_check=1

Fry’s Shoppers:  Link your VIP Savings Card to Phoenix Youth Symphony and PYS will receive a  percentage of your purchases through the Fry’s Community Rewards program. It’s easy!  Sign up at www.fryscommunityrewards.com.   Phoenix Youth Symphony’s organization number is 81982.


Check out the 2011-12 and 2012-13 Season Pictures here
Thank you Mel Huff and Steel Feather Studios for photographing the season!

Upcoming Events

Sunday, May 4 at 3:00 pm
Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix

The concert features all of the PYS ensembles!

Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for Children (3-18).
Tickets will be available after April 18:

Online:  http://phoenix.ticketforce.com
Phone:  Phoenix Convention Center (602) 262-7272 (M-F 10am-4pm)
Ticket Force:  1-877-840-0457 (M-TH 8am-4pm; Fri 8am-2pm)
In person: Phoenix Convention Center- 100 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix. (M-F 10am-4pm)
Tickets will also be available at the Box Office on the day of the concert.

2014 Germany Tour
June 9-18, 2014
PYS ensembles will be traveling and performing together in Germany. Payments are due by April 15.  More information and fundraising information here.  Make sure to stop by the PYS info table at rehearsal and sign up for roommates!

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Rehearsal Notices

Rehearsals on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm at Central High School

April 23 – Rehearsals at Central High School, 6:30

April 30 - Final Rehearsal at Central High School, 6:30

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