North Valley Youth Orchestra

North Valley Youth Orchestra (NVYO) is comprised of youth, typically high school, but also select high school graduates that are looking for an orchestra to remain current in their skills, or students younger than high school age who have auditioned and been accepted.

If you have a passion to perform great music, can meet weekly for rehearsals, and are willing to commit to the necessary practice, we want you in our North Valley Youth Orchestra. 

We offer a "ladder up" for young musicians. There are no limits! Our programs allow students to progress from North Valley Symphonettes , to Youth Strings, and then to North Valley Youth Orchestra. Some students even choose to audition for the NVSO Adult Orchestra.

The Youth Orchestra performs at each of the adult concerts, and at a final youth concert including the Symphonettes and Youth Strings at the close of each semester. The director of the Youth Orchestra is Josh Lynch, an NAU graduate who teaches in the Paradise Valley School District and member of the NVSO Adult Orchestra.

Mondays, 5:00 - 6:30 pm, North Canyon High School, 1700 East Union Hills Drive, Phoenix, 85024

Tuition is currently $200/year or $100/semester. 
Sibling discounts are available. Financial assistance from the LEMM fund may be available upon request. 

Openings in all string positions are available.

Typically students must have studied their instrument for 3-5 years, and completed Suzuki Book 4/5 or an equivalent before successfully auditioning for the Youth Orchestra.

Violins, violas and cellos must be proficient in 3 octave major scales up to 4 sharps and flats, and melodic minor scales up to 2 sharps and 4 flats.  (Basses must be proficient in 2 octave major scales up to 4 sharps and flats, and melodic minor scales up to 2 sharps and 4 flats.)

Members must maintain membership in their school orchestra program, and/or take private lessons.

Auditions are held with the Youth Orchestra Director and the Orchestra Manager in attendance. 

Auditions will be held May 21, June 3 & 4, and Aug 19 & 20.

The audition location is:

Desert Ridge Music Academy
21043 N Cave Creek Rd Ste A-15
Phoenix, AZ85024

If you are interested in auditioning, contact Josh Lynch, NVSO Youth Orchestra Director, at , or fill out the “Contact Us” page, or call 623-980-4628.

Download the Audition Instructions and Excerpts appropriate to your instrument below:

Youth Orchestra Audition Instructions

Violin Excerpts     Violin Scales 

Viola Excerpts     Viola Scales

Cello Excerpts     Cello Scales

Bass Excerpts     Bass Scales