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YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Play orchestral music, learn, and have fun! The PVS Youth Orchestra is currently auditioning all instruments.

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

 

The PVS Youth Orchestra performs with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra in at least one concert each season. In addition, the Youth Orchestra also has an independent concert each semester and takes part in a school performance tour in the spring. 

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REHEARSALS

Sunday Evenings, 5:00–7:00PM

Greenfield High School

21 Barr Avenue, Greenfield, MA

FALL CONCERT WITH STRINGS FOR KIDS 

Sunday, November 12, 2023 4PM

Greenfield High School

21 Barr Avenue, Greenfield, MA

SPRING CONCERT WITH

TURNERS FALLS HIGH SCHOOL

Sunday, May 5, 2024 4PM

Turners Falls High School

222 Turnpike Rd, Montague, MA

AUDITIONS

PVS Youth Orchestra auditions for all orchestral instruments. Students with at least three years of playing are encouraged to audition. Auditions are an opportunity for us to get to know one another, feel free to ask questions! 

There is a non-refundable $25 audition fee, which is deducted from the tuition cost when the student is accepted.

Questions? Contact Lily Ruderman, Registrar, at youth
@pvso.org or ‪413-773-3664‬.

REHEARSAL INFORMATION

Sunday Evenings, 5:00-7:00PM

Greenfield High School

21 Barr Avenue, Greenfield, MA
 

The rehearsal and concert schedule are below. Be sure to bring a pencil, your music, and a snack for the break!

Notify the YO manager at youth@pvso.org or ‪413-773-3664‬ prior to any absence and include the reason for your absence. If there is no advance notification, that absence will be considered “unexcused.” In cases of illness or family emergencies when advance notice is not possible, please inform us as soon as possible.

TUITION & FEES

We strive to ensure accessibility of our programs to all members of the community. Tuition for the PVS Youth Orchestra and YO Chamber Ensembles is now offered on a sliding scale.

     SUSTAINABLE: $175/semester $350/year. This is the per-student cost to sustain this program.     

     ACCESSIBLE: $150/semester $300/year. This is discounted tuition to support access to music for all.     

     EQUITABLE: $200/semester $400/year. Help us keep PVS programs accessible to all.     

To explore additional financial support options, contact us at youth@pvso.org or (413) 773-3664.

YOUTH ORCHESTRA Sponsors


BRATTLEBORO MUSIC CENTER


GIVING CIRCLE THRIFT SHOP


STAMMELL STRINGED INSTRUMENTS

GOFF MEDIA

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GREENFIELD COOPERATIVE BANK

BERKSHIRE FACIAL
SURGERY

UMASS FIVE COLLEGE CREDIT UNION

HILLSIDE PIZZA

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PVS SEASON SPONSORS

WHAT'S IT LIKE PLAYING IN THE PVSYO?
Here are a few of the musicians to tell you all about it!

RECENT CONCERT RECORDINGS

2023 SPRING CONCERT

Thursday, April 13

Program Book and Video

2022 FALL CONCERT

with Strings for Kids

Sunday, November 13

Program Book and Video

2022 SPRING CONCERT

with Frontier String Ensembles

Friday, April 8

Program Book and Video

CHAMBER MUSIC

 

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.

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

For more information about the PVSYO Chamber Ensemble email youth@pvso.org.

 Chris Johnson, Orchestra Parent

“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.” 

Nick Bagley, 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!” 

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