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Auditions for 2016-2017 will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 (all ensembles) at MCC Performing Arts Center. Audition results will be sent out by July 1st.

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Orchestral Training

Conducted by professional musicians. PYS’ six ensembles offer outstanding learning and performance opportunities.

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Music Memory

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

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The Fifty-sixth Annual Young Musicians Competition Grand Prize/Scholarship Auditions were held on January 9 & 10, 2016 at MCC Performing Arts Center. YMC Winners Luncheon was held on Tuesday, February 16.

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Senior Division – 1st place : HeeWon Park
Senior Division – 3rd place : Alicia Wu
Honorable Mention : Seoyoon Kim


Solo Orchestral Instrument Winners – Div I
1st place : Jonathan Pak, cello
2nd place : Kimberly Schneider, violin
3rd place : Leo Kubota, cello

Solo Orchestral Instrument Winners – Div II
3rd place (tie) : Emilia Yoon, violin
3rd place (tie) : Barrett Yueh, flute

Solo Orchestral Instrument Winners – Div III
1st place : Tamachi Goodson, cello
2nd place (tie) : Kathleen Wu, flute

Chamber Ensemble Winners – Div IV
1st place : La Familia Flauta Trio
Supriya Weiss, flute
Kathleen Wu, flute
Barrett Yueh, flute

2nd Place : Perfect 4th Quartet
Robert Bui, cello

3rd Place : Quintessential Quartet
Rina Kubota, violin
Leo Kubota, cello

Honorable Mention : Arizona Sunshine Trio
Jonathan Pak, cello

Piano Competition Winners – Div II
Honarable Mention : Supriya Weiss

Music Memory 2017 will be held on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at North Phoenix Baptist Church. Teachers : click here to reserve a space for your class!

The rules for the Young Musicians Competition and Scholarship Auditions are currently being revised for 2017. The new repertoire list is now updated and available here.

Congratulations to Youth Symphony trumpet player, Viveca Lawrie. She will be soloing with MusicaNova Chamber Ensemble on Sunday, February 21 at 3:00 pm at Scottsdale Presbyterian Church (3421 N. Hayden Road). Come and hear her perform Handel’s Overture to Atalanta for Trumpet and Strings. Admission is free. Viveca was also selected as a semi-finalist in the High School Division of the National Trumpet Competition. The competition will be held this March at the Schwob School of Music in Columbus, GA. Good luck, Viveca!

Congratulations to all of the 2016 Young Musicians’ Competition Scholarship Winners. Congratulations to Bobae Johnson (violin) – Grand Prize Winner and Tamachi Goodson (cello) – Clotilde Otranto Prize Winner. They will be performing their concertos with The Phoenix Symphony at the Side-by-Side Concert on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at Phoenix Symphony Hall. CLICK HERE for the complete list of scholarship winners.

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Youth Symphony concertmaster, Bobae Johnson, was selected to perform with the Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” tour on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Comerica Theatre. As an aperitif to the holiday classic, she will accompany a Moscow Ballet soloist dancing “The Dying Swan,” from Saint-Saëns’ “The Carnival of the Animals.”

The appearance is part of the tour’s “Musical Wunderkind” program highlighting young talents in the cities it visits. Congratulations, Bobae!

Brass players from all PYS ensembles are invited to perform the National Anthem at the Phoenix Suns v. Utah Jazz game on Saturday, February 6, 2016. If you are interested in attending, you may purchase discounted tickets.

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

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


Saturday, May 14 & May 21
Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center

By appointment only


Symphonic Winds – September 3 & 4 (Camp Stein, Prescott)
String Orchestra – September 10-11 (Camp Pinerock, Prescott)
Youth Symphony – September 9-11 (Camp Sky-Y, Prescott)
Symphonette Orchestra – September 16-18 (Camp Sky-Y, Prescott)

Rehearsal Notices

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

2016-17 Orientation Meeting : August 24 at 7:00 pm

First Rehearsal : August 31

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