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


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

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Latest News

Congratulations to Rina Kubota for winning the Mozart Concerto Contest.  She performed in the Mozart and Friends Concert with the Four Seasons Orchestra on January 20.

Congratulations to the 2018 Young Musicians Competition Grand Prize Winner, Claire Thai (harp), and Otranto Prize Winner, Leo Kubota (cello).  They will perform their concertos, accompanied by The Phoenix Symphony, at the Side-by-Side Concert on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Phoenix Symphony Hall.

Congratulations to all of the Junior and Senior Division Winners of the 58th Annual Young Musicians Competition held on Saturday, January 6.  The list is posted on the Competition page.


RENEWAL AUDITIONS for the 2018-2019 Season:  All students must audition for the next 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.

Current String Orchestra, Symphonic Winds and Symphonette members can also submit an Audition Renewal application to remain in their current ensemble.  Renewal Audition applications are available on the ensemble login pagesThe deadline for SO, SW and SYM renewal applications and $30 non-refundable audition fee is Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (no exceptions).  Auditions to remain in your current ensemble will be conducted by your conductor in March or April.  Students who want to be considered for a different ensemble next season will need to complete a regular audition application and audition in May.

May audition information and application are on the Auditions 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

March 7 – Symphonic Winds Sectionals/Seating Auditions  6:30-8:30 pm
March 7 – Chamber Winds Seating Auditions 8:40-9:30 pm
March 21 – Youth Symphony Sectionals (TBA)
March 28 – Symphonette Sectionals/Seating Auditions
April 4 – String Orchestra Sectionals/Seating Auditions


Sunday, February 25, 2018
3:00 pm at Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center

This special concerts recognizes the instrumental music teachers of PYS musicians.

Featuring: PYS Percussion Ensemble, String Orchestra, Symphonic Winds, Chamber Winds and Symphonette Orchestra

Adults: $15
Students: $5



Saturdays, May 12 & 19, 2018
May 12 – All Brass, All Woodwinds, All String Orchestra
May 19 – Youth Symphony Upper & Lower Strings, Symphonette Upper & Lower Strings, All Percussion
More information on the Auditions page


Youth Symphony – September 7-9, 2018 – Emmanuel Pines Camp, Prescott
Symphonic Winds – September 15-16 – Camp Stein, Prescott
Symphonette – September 21-23 – Prescott Pines Camp, Prescott
String Orchestra – September 29-30, 2018 – Friendly Pines Camp, Prescott



 Rehearsal Notices

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

February 21: Rehearsal

February 28: Rehearsal

March 7: Rehearsal – YS, SYM, SO
Sectionals/Seating Auditions at ASA – SW
Seating Auditions at ASA – CW (8:40-9:30 pm)

March 14: Spring Break – No Rehearsal

March 21 – Rehearsal – SYM, SW, CW, SO
Sectionals – YS

March 28 – Rehearsal – YS, SW, CW, SO
Sectionals – SYM

April 4 – Rehearsal – YS, SYM, SW, CW
Sectionals – SO


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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