PYSO String Orchestra accepts talented upper elementary and junior high students who show through audition they are ready for more advanced rehearsal and performance orchestral skills. Members learn to play with sensitivity and ensemble balance. Individual preparation of music is required. Professional musicians are brought in periodically to coach sectionals.

The PYSO String Orchestra was selected to perform at the 1996 AMEA State Convention and has performed at the Phoenix Country Day School, the Phoenix Zoo, the Chandler Center for the Arts, the Festival of Trees at the Glendale Civic Center and in Washington D.C. The String Orchestra toured and performed in Chicago in March, 2007.


Upper elementary and junior high

Ensemble Fee



Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm
Central High School (4525 N. Central, Phoenix)

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


Bethaney Cross

Ensemble Music Level of Difficulty: Performs literature mainly at levels 3-5.

Audition Components


Solo of your choice. Please perform a total of 3:00 minutes of music from the work.


Specific scale requirement will be emailed shortly before your audition.

Major Scales up to 3 flats and 3 sharps (2 or 3 octaves).


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