NVSO Youth Orchestras to Perform Winter Concerts

NVYO Performing Summer Salute. Photo By: Pete Schulte

Mark your calendars, and invite your family, friends and neighbors to attend a performance by North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s three youth ensembles. North Valley Youth Orchestra, North Valley Youth Strings and North Valley Symphonettes will perform a free concert Saturday, November 23rd at 3:30 p.m. at Pinnacle High School, 3535 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050. A free concert is also scheduled for all three youth orchestras at The Outlets at Anthem on Saturday, December 7th at 2:00 p.m., near the large Christmas tree. The ensembles will perform their first-semester repertoire and one holiday piece as a mass orchestra. Additionally, North Valley Youth ensembles plan to bring cheer to residents who may not be able to make it to concerts, outreach performances on Monday evening, December 9th at a variety of retirement communities. NVS (Symphonettes), directed by Robert Reyes, is a non-audition ensemble with a focus on technique, theory, and scales, additionally learning concert music to provide a more robust musical experience.

NVYS (Youth Strings), directed by Orlando Moss, and is an intermediate level orchestra that helps students advance their musical training beyond NVS.

NVYO (Youth Orchestra), directed by Josh Lynch, is the highest skill-level youth ensemble, challenging advanced NVSO musicians while performing at multiple concerts and recruiting events each season.

If young string players are interested in joining one of the NVSO youth ensembles for the second semester, please inquire through the “Contact Us” tab at www.northvalleysymphony.org. Auditions for NVYS and NVYO will be held December 16th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Kirk’s Studio for the Performing Arts. For specific audition requirements, select the appropriate orchestra under the “Join Us” tab. Students in all orchestras are required to be members of their school orchestra program, or take private lessons if their school does not have an orchestra program. NVSO youth ensembles rehearse Mondays from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at North Canyon High School.

NVSO is supported by the Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, with partial funding provided by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture through appropriations from the Phoenix City Council.