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North Valley (NVYS) Youth Strings is a new intermediate level orchestra which began in Fall 2017.  The ensemble is comprised of students, typically junior high or early high school, who are at an intermediate level of musical skills.

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 Strings. 

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

The Youth Strings perform community outreach events and 1 concert at the close of each semester. The Director of the North Valley Youth Strings is Orlando Moss who teaches middle school string programs in the Peoria Unified School District, and is a member of 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 if joining for the second 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 2-3 years, and completed Suzuki Book 2/3 or an equivalent before successfully auditioning for the Youth Strings.

Violins, violas and cellos must be proficient in the following 2 octave scales (Basses must be proficient in 1 octave scales):

  • Major: C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A
  • Melodic Minor: a, d, g, c, e

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

Auditions are held with the Youth Strings Director and another NVSO staff member in attendance. 

Auditions for the second semester of the 2018-19 concert season will be held:

December 9, 2018

The audition location is: 

Desert Ridge Music Academy
21043 N Cave Creek Rd #15
Phoenix, AZ 85024, USA

If you are interested in auditioning, contact Orlando Moss, North Valley Youth Strings Director, at, or fill out the “Contact Us” page, or call 623-980-4628.

Audition Materials:

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

Youth Strings Audition Instructions

Violin Excerpt     Violin Scales 

Viola Excerpt     Viola Scales

Cello Excerpt     Cello Scales

Bass Excerpt     Bass Scales

Youth Member Registration