North Valley Symphony Orchestra adds a 3rd youth orchestra

North Valley Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce the addition of a third orchestra in our youth programs, NVYS (Youth Strings). Orchestra placement is not based on age or grade, but is instead by the skill level of each individual student. The beginner level group (Symphonettes) does not require auditions. Auditions for the intermediate and advanced level groups include scales, a solo and prepared excerpts. As students progress in their musical training, they are encouraged to audition for more advanced groups within the NVSO organization.

NVS (Symphonettes) is directed by Caitlin Corbett, and only requires students to have one year of instruction prior to joining.  There is no audition required.  Symphonettes play two to four concerts each school year.  There is a focus on technique, theory, and scales in addition to learning concert music to provide a more robust musical experience. Students interested in joining Symphonettes should contact Caitlin at: [email protected]

NVYS (Youth Strings) is directed by Orlando Moss, and is an intermediate level orchestra, which helps students advance their musical training. Youth Strings play two to four concerts each school year. Auditions will be held to ensure that the students are placed in the appropriate orchestra so they have a positive educational experience. Students interested in joining Youth Strings should contact Orlando at: [email protected]

NVYO (Youth Orchestra) is directed by Josh Lynch, and is an audition-only orchestra that challenges advanced students and plays multiple concerts and recruiting events each school year. Youth Orchestra students are typically high school students but some advanced middle school students have been accepted.  Students interested in joining Youth Orchestra should contact Josh at: [email protected]

Miss Corbett, Mr. Moss and Mr. Lynch are orchestra teachers in the Gilbert, Peoria and Paradise Valley school districts, and perform in the NVSO adult orchestra.  All three love teaching, and feel that joining one of the NVSO youth ensembles is a positive supplemental experience for young orchestra students.

Auditions for NVYS and NVYO will be held August 19th/20th. For specific audition requirements,  please visit and select the appropriate orchestra under the “Join Us” menu. 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 meet Mondays from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at North Canyon High School. Rehearsals for the 2017-18 season will begin on August 21st.