Phoenix Youth Symphony | Kids Out and About Phoenix

Phoenix Youth Symphony

P.O.Box 15150
Phoenix , AZ , 85060
Phone: 602-277-7013
33° 28' 49.746" N, 111° 59' 49.8948" W
Contact name: 
Sandra Rutledge
Ages for which our activities are most appropriate: 
Expanding Horizons for Youth through Music.

Over sixty years ago our civic leaders had a dream of a professional orchestra in the Valley, and planted a seed. When the Phoenix Symphony Guild (PSG) was organized in 1947, its purpose was to form and support a community orchestra, the "Phoenix Symphony Orchestra." In 1952, a Youth Orchestra was established, and by 1955 the number of students auditioning had increased significantly. In response, a second youth group was formed called the Symphonette Orchestra. When the Phoenix Symphony became a major orchestra in the early 1980's, the Phoenix Symphony Guild separated from the Phoenix Symphony to support the youth division. In the years since that time the String Orchestra, Symphonic Winds, and Percussion ensembles were added to further the development and training opportunities. Thus, we now have a well-established stair-step orchestral training program to offer to our young musicians throughout the Phoenix area. In January 2007, the Guild voted to conduct its operations as The Phoenix Youth Symphony (PYS). We are so very proud of the young musicians who have played in in our ensembles through our 60+ years, and note that many have continued their study of music, becoming professional musicians; i.e. music educators, private music teachers, orchestra members, conductors, and soloists.

Academic, Arts: Performance, Music, Piano, Stringed instruments, Wind/brass instruments, Voice / Chorus

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