Play music, learn, have fun! PVSYO is currently auditioning for all instruments!

Founded in 2013 and based in Franklin County, the PVSYO includes musicians from schools across the region, including Hampshire and Franklin counties as well as southern Vermont. We are an ensemble of talented elementary-, middle-, and high-school age musicians and an orbiting team of dedicated family members, professional musicians, and, educators, including Youth Orchestra Director Steven Bathory-Peeler.

In preparation for its seventh season, the PVSYO will conduct auditions  August 25th 3-5pm, and August 29th 6-8pm at Artspace Community Arts Center, located at 15 Mill Street, Greenfield, MA 01301.  Scroll down for more information and click here to sign up online or email to schedule an audition time.

Youth Orchestra brass Nov 2016
Youth Orchestra, string section November 2016
Youth Orchestra

Testimonials from Youth Orchestra Parents

“We are so thankful that there is this chance to get to know other young musicians in our community and for the privilege of playing under a professional conductor.” – Chris Johnson, Orchestra Parent
If you have a young musician in your household, visit the orchestra on a Saturday afternoon to observe first-hand the comraderie and the music!” Nick Bagley, Orchestra Parent

Rehearsals take place at Greenfield High School (21 Barr Avenue, Greenfield, MA)
on Sundays, 5:30-7:30pm

Be sure to bring a pencil, your music, and a snack for the break. Only water is allowed in the auditorium.

Please notify the Pioneer Valley Symphony office via phone at 413-773-3661 or email prior to any absence and include the reason for your absence. If the office is not notified in advance, that absence will be considered “unexcused.” In cases of illness or family emergencies where advance notice is not possible, please notify us as soon as possible.

PVSYO is currently auditioning for all orchestral instruments.  Students with three years of playing are encouraged to audition.

Please be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your audition time in order to have your instrument ready, tuned and warmed up. In addition to providing the opportunity for us to get to know you, please know that auditions are also a time for you to get to know us, so feel free to ask us any questions you might have!

Auditions for 2019-2020 will be held on June 15th and June 16th 12-2pm, June 19th 6-8pm, August 25th 3-5pm, and August 29th 6-8pm.

If you are interested in auditioning for the PVS Youth Orchestra, please sign up here.

Check back soon for the PVSYO 2019-2020 season!

Our 2018-2019 season included our Fall Concert at Greenfield High School in November, a Side-by-Side performance with the Pioneer Valley Symphony at the PVS Holiday Concert in December, our final Spring concert in Amherst in April and a guest appearance in the final concert of the PVS season in May.

In the 2017/18 season, we welcomed our new Youth Orchestra director, Steven Bathory-Peeler; performances included our Fall Concert at Greenfield High School in November, a Side-by-Side performance with the Pioneer Valley Symphony at the PVS Holiday Concert in December, and our final Spring concert in Amherst in April.

Youth Orchestra Director

STEVEN BATHORY-PEELER is delighted to take on the role of music director for the Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra. He is eager to bring his years of experience in conducting, composing and teaching to the PVSYO. Steven is a twenty-year resident of Franklin County and apart from his new role as Youth Orchestra Conductor, he works as Director of Orchestras and Concert Band
at Northfield Mount Hermon School where he has held the position since 1997.

Steven began his conducting career in 1992 when he served as assistant conductor for the Boston Civic Symphony and New England Conservatory Opera Department. Conducting teachers have included: Jeffrey Rink, Michael Jinbo, and Glen Adsit. Steven holds a DMA in composition from the University of Hartford, an MMus in voice from New England Conservatory, and a BMus in voice from Indiana University. Further study was undertaken at the Pierre Monteaux School for Conductors and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Steven has also served as the assistant conductor for the PVS during the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 seasons.

Steven has been recognized by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers as an emerging composer with awards given in 2001 and 2002. In addition to the general duties of the music director of the PVSYO, Steven is excited to teach members of the orchestra about giving back to the community and how to become a positive role model for others. Steven lives in Gill, with his wife Megan and two children, Ella and Quinn.

Tuition and fees

At PVS we strive to make music opportunities accessible to all.

Tuition for the 2019-2020 season is scaled $250-$300, or $125-$150 per semester. Families are encouraged to pay what they can within that range. Additional discounts are available, take off $50 per sibling and $10 for early registration.

Limited partial scholarships are available. Please contact us at for details.

There is a non-refundable $20 audition fee, which is applied to tuition when the student is accepted.

The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra Chamber Ensemble provides additional performance and musical opportunities to students ready for a more  rigorous commitment. Chamber Ensemble is led by a professional coach and rehearses weekly on Sundays.

Chamber Ensemble has performed at Youth Orchestra concerts, community outreach concerts and at Pioneer Valley Symphony events.

The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra is powered by the passion and support of its families and relies on fundraising to ensure the health of the program. Family members are asked to volunteer once a semester to support one of our annuals fundraising campaigns.

If you are a member or a Youth Orchestra family member, you can get further information about rehearsals, scheduled performances and other details here.