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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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Latest News

Congratulations to Rina Kubota – 1st place, Junior Division
Four Seasons Orchestras’ 2017 Concerto Competition

Congratulations to PYS members who placed in the Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Competition:

Division II
2nd Place: Jonathan Pak (Cello)
Tied for 3rd Place: Rina Kubota (Violin)
Kimberly Schneider (Violin)

Division I
1st Place: Gracie Potter (Trombone)
Division II
1st Place: Alicia Wu (Flute)
2nd Place:  Alexander Mayer (Oboe)
Division III
1st Place: Barrett Yueh (Flute)
2nd Place Emma Potter (French Horn)

1st Place: Arizona Sunshine
Samuel Xu (Piano)
Belle Wang (Violin)
Alicia Wu (Viola)
Jonathan Pak (Cello)

2nd Place:  Perfect 4th Quartet
Hannah Goldstick (Violin)
Elizabeth Curtis (Violin)
Ethan Buell (Viola)
Robert Bui (Cello)

3rd Place:  North Winds
Madison Coy (Flute/Piccolo)
Nina Susich (Bassoon)
Lydia Milowski (Clarinet)
Emma Potter (Horn)
Alexander Mayer (Oboe)


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.


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

PYS Black Sweatshirts, Mock Up, 2015


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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 – September 29-October 1 (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

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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