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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 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 Orchestra performs at most 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 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 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 the following 3 octave scales (Basses must be proficient in 2 octave scales):

  • Major: C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, G, D, A, E
  • Melodic Minor: a, d, g, c, f, 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 one other 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

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:

Youth Orchestra Audition Instructions

Violin Excerpts     Violin Scales 

Viola Excerpts     Viola Scales

Cello Excerpts     Cello Scales

Bass Excerpts     Bass Scales

Youth Member Registration