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North Valley (NVYO) Youth Orchestra is an advanced level orchestra.  The ensemble is comprised of students, typically high school and early college, who are at an advanced 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 Orchestra. 

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.

North Valley Youth Orchestra perform community outreach events and 1 concert at the close of each semester. The Director of the North Valley Youth Orchestra is Josh Lynch who teaches at Shadow Mountain High School, and is a member of NVSO Adult Orchestra.  

Mondays, 5:00 - 6:30 pm

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 4+ years in private lessons.

Violins, violas and cellos must be proficient in the following 3 octave scales and arpeggios. Basses must be proficient in 2 octave scales and arpeggios:

  • Major: C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, G, D, A, E

  • Melodic Minor: a, d, g, c, e, b

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

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

Mid-season auditions for Spring 2020 will be held:

December 16, 2019 - 5:00-7:00 p.m.

The audition location is: 

Kirk’s Studio for the Performing Arts
1836 E. Deer Valley Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85024

If you are interested in auditioning, contact Josh Lynch, North Valley Youth Orchestra 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:

North Valley Youth Orchestra Audition Instructions

Violin Excerpts Violin Scales

Viola Excerpts Viola Scales

Cello Excerpts Cello Scales

Bass Excerpts Bass Scal

Are you a returning member or were you recently accepted into the orchestra after your audition? Make sure to register for the 2019-20 season by clicking on the button above. When you are done completing the registration you will have the opportunity to return to the menu to purchase the technique book and/or concert attire if necessary.

Welcome to North Valley Youth Orchestra!