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Auditions for 2018-2019 will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 (ALL Brass & Woodwinds) at MCC Theatre Outback and Saturday, May 19, 2018 (YS Upper & Lower Strings, SYM Upper & Lower Strings, All SO, All Percussion) 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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Music Memory

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

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The Fifty-eighth Annual Young Musicians Competition and Grand Prize/Scholarship Auditions will be held on January 6 & 7, 2018 at MCC Performing Arts Center. YMC Winners Luncheon will be on Tues., February 13th.

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RENEWAL AUDITIONS for the 2018-2019 Season:  Current Youth Symphony members who want to remain in Youth Symphony for the 2018-2019 Season must have completed an Audition Renewal application and paid a non-refundable $30 audition fee by midnight, December 13, 2017 (no exceptions). Students who missed the deadline will be required to audition during the May auditions with all new students also wanting to be considered for Youth Symphony.  The May audition application will be available in January.

Current String Orchestra, Symphonic Winds and Symphonette members can also submit an Audition Renewal application to remain in their current ensemble.  These ensembles’ applications will be available on the ensemble login page on January 1.  The deadline for SO, SW and SYM renewal applications and $30 non-refundable audition fee is March 7.  Auditions to remain in your current ensemble will be conducted by your conductor in March or April.

The 58th Annual PYS Young Musicians Competition will be held January 6, 2018 .  Go to YMC Competition Rules for information and to submit an application.  The Scholarship Auditions for the Senior Division will be held on January 7.  A contrasting piece is no longer required for the scholarship auditions.  Visit YMC Scholarship Rules for details and requirements. Applications submitted after November 1 require a $25 late fee.  No applications will be accepted after November 8, 2017.

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.

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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!

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The Phoenix Youth Symphony is celebrating 65 years of educating young musicians and students. In honor of this milestone we have established a ’65 for 65’ campaign: $65 donations in honor of 65 years of service and for the next 65 years. We are excited for the future as we continue to build and offer the highest quality experience and opportunity for students.

CLICK HERE for more information and consider making a tax-deductible donation today!


6:30 pm at Arizona School for the Arts

December 6 – Symphonic Winds
December 13 – Youth Symphony (sectionals only)
January 24 – Symphonette
January 31 – String Orchestra


Saturdays, May 12 & 19, 2018
More information on the Auditions page


 Rehearsal Notices

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

December 20, 27 & January 3: Winter Break
No Rehearsals – HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

January 10: Rehearsal

January 17: Rehearsal

January 24: Rehearsal – YS, SW, SO & CW
Sectionals/Seating Auditions at ASA – SYM

January 31: Rehearsal – YS, SYM, SW, CW
Sectionals/Seating Auditions at ASA – SO


March 14: Spring Break
No Rehearsal

April 25: Final Rehearsal

Full Schedule 2017-2018

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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