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 2016-2017 will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 (all ensembles) at MCC Performing Arts Center. Auditions for Youth Symphony may also be scheduled on May 14 if we are unable to accommodate all of the auditions on May 21.  Information is available here.

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Orchestral Training

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



The Fifty-sixth Annual Young Musicians Competition Grand Prize/Scholarship Auditions will be held on January 9 & 10, 2016 at Mesa Community College.  YMC Winners’ Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

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Congrats to Desert Vista High School – 1st place in the Division I Arizona State Marching Championships:
Jordan Gotwalt, Jonathan Lee, Nori Matsushita, and Michael Kang

Congrats to the following students who placed in the ASTA State Solo Competition:

Mitchel Wang, 3rd place – Junior Category
Jonathan Pak, Honorable Mention Junior Category
Chase Lee, 1st place – Senior Category

Congratulations to Youth Symphony violinist, Bobae Johnson.  Bobae recently won the 2015 Dorothy Vanek Youth Concerto Competition sponsored by the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra.  In addition to the $1,000 cash prize, she was invited to solo with the orchestra on April 10, 11 and 12.  She will be performing the third movement of the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 and is the first violinist to win the SASO youth competition.

Friday, April 10 at 7pm – Valley Presbyterian Church, Green Valley
Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 pm – SaddleBrooke DesertView Performing Arts Center
Sunday, April 12 at 3pm – St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

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.

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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


Friday, December 4
Phoenician Resort

10:00 am-Boutiques open
12:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – Fashion show

PYS’ largest annual fundraiser!

Raffle tickets available at the event or at rehearsals. Cash or checks made out to Holiday Prelude. 1 for $10, 3 for $25, 7 for $50, 15 for $100. Prize packages come from The Phoenician Resort, Phoenix Theatre, Arizona Opera, Village Health Club and Spa, and more.

Holiday Prelude XXX


Sunday, January 10, 2016
Mesa Community College

Beginning at 1:00 pm
Free; Open to the public!

Come and watch the Senior Division finalists from Saturday’s competition compete for scholarships to renowned music camps and for the opportunity to perform their concerto with The Phoenix Symphony at the annual Side-by-Side Concert on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at Phoenix Symphony Hall

Rehearsal Notices

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

November 25: No Rehearsal
Thanksgiving Break

December 2: Rehearsal
Pictures – All Ensembles

December 9: Rehearsal

December 16, 23 & 30: No Rehearsals
Happy Holidays!

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

Weekly Newsletter on Musician’s Corner page.