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.  Applications will be available in January.

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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 will be held on January 3 & 4, 2015 at Mesa Community College.  YMC Winners’ Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.


Music Memory

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


Latest News

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



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!


Youth Symphony conductor, Keitaro Harada has been named Associate Conductor of the Richmond Symphony and conductor of the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra. We thank Kei for his contribution and dedication to PYS for the past 4 years. We will miss him but wish him well in his future. This is a wonderful opportunity for him.

CLICK HERE for the Richmond Symphony press release.


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.


Congratulations  to 2014 Youth Symphony graduate, JOYCE YANG!  Overall City Winner for the 2014 Outstanding Young Woman of the Year.  Nominees were selected for outstanding community service and commitment to excellence in all areas of their lives.   The announcement came from the Phoenix Youth and Education Office.  Joyce will be attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she will pursue a degree in Neuroscience.


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 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.


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


January 14 – Symphonic Winds at ASA
January 21 – Symphonette at ASA
January 28 – String Orchestra at ASA

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Rehearsal Notices

Rehearsals on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm at Central High School.  Use the NORTH parking lot.

December 17, 24 and 31 – NO REHEARSALS

Happy Holidays!

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

Weekly Newsletter on Musician’s Corner page.