YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Play classical 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. 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 Steven Bathory-Peeler.

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. 

REHEARSALS

Sunday Evenings, 5:00-7:00PM

Greenfield High School

21 Barr Avenue, Greenfield, MA

FALL CONCERT

with Strings for Kids

Saturday, November 20

View the Program Book

HOLIDAY POPS

with the PVSO and Chorus

Streaming December 18, 4:00PM

Reserve a ticket

AUDITIONS

PVS Youth Orchestra is currently auditioning 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. Please feel free to ask us any questions you might have!​

 

There is a non-refundable $25 audition fee, which is applied to tuition when the student is accepted.

SPRING AUDITIONS

Saturday, January 8, 2022

12:00–2:00PM

See Audition Requirements here

You can also email youth@pvso.org

with questions.

TUITION & FEES

Tuition for the 2021-2022 season is $300 or $150 per semester.

Sibling discounts are $25/semester for each sibling.

At PVS we strive to make music opportunities accessible to all. Scholarships are available. Please contact us at youth@pvso.org for details.

REHEARSALS

Sunday Evenings, 5:00-7:00PM

Greenfield High School

21 Barr Avenue, Greenfield, MA
 

The rehearsal schedule can be found here, or below. Be sure to bring a pencil, your music, and a snack for the break.

Please 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.

YOUTH ORCHESTRA PROJECTS 2020-2021

D Major Jam

Spring 2021 Virtual Youth Orchestra

Adoration

Spring 2021 Virtual Youth Orchestra

Strings Ensemble

Winter Concert

March 2021

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 on Sundays.

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

 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!” 

YOUTH ORCHESTRA DIRECTOR

Steven Bathory-Peeler is delighted to be the music director for the Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra. He brings his years of experience conducting, composing, and teaching to the PVSYO.

 

Steven is a 24-year resident of Franklin County, and apart from his 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.