The Prelude Strings is the newest ensemble in the Phoenix Youth Symphony Orchestras Orchestral Training Program.  2018-2019 was the inaugural season for the ensemble.   Eager string students, grades 1-5, will be auditioned for the new ensemble. The Prelude Strings ensemble rehearses weekly on Tuesday evenings in the northeast valley receiving additional string technique instruction and ensemble experience in a fun and inviting group setting. Professional musicians are brought in periodically to coach sectionals.  Prelude Strings is a developmental ensemble for students to prepare them for musical advancement; giving them insight into the PYSO’s program.



Ensemble Fee



Tuesday evenings, 6:00-7:45 pm
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (4455 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley)

Current Chamber Music Program rehearsal location:
Open Door Fellowship Church
8301 N 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021


Brian Maurer

Ensemble Music Level of Difficulty: Performs literature mainly at levels 1-3.

Audition Components


Solo of your choice.


Specific scale requirement will be emailed shortly before your audition.

1-2 octave major scales up to three sharps and three flats.


The audition will end with short sight-reading passage provided by the conductor.

Don’t neglect practicing sight reading pieces you are unfamiliar with to help prepare for this part of the audition.

Best of luck in your preparation, always start slow and work with a metronome!!


Contact: Todd Betz