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)


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 email on May 15th and need to be uploaded by 9pm PST on May 16th.

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


Upon being selected to move forward, a sight-reading excerpt will be provided. This will require a second video audition.