North Valley (NVYS) Youth Strings is a new intermediate level orchestra which will debut in Fall 2017.  The ensemble will be 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 Youth Strings, and then to North Valley Youth Orchestra. Some students even choose to audition for the NVSO Adult Orchestra.

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/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 2 octave major scales up to 3 sharps and flats, and melodic minor scales up to 1 sharp and 3 flats. (Basses must be proficient in 1 octave major scales up to 3 sharps and flats, and melodic minor scales up to 1 sharp and 3 flats.)

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

Auditions are held with the Youth Strings Director and an 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, AZ 85024

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 Strings Audition Instructions

Violin Excerpt     Violin Scales 

Viola Excerpt     Viola Scales

Cello Excerpt     Cello Scales

Bass Excerpt     Bass Scales