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

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.

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.

SAFETY POLICIES in times of COVID

  • All PVS singers, instrumentalists, guests, and on-site PVS staff must be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless ineligible due to age or medical exemption. Proof of vaccination is required.

  • All PVS players must wear face masks when indoors and not in their seats. Face masks must fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, secure with ties or ear loops, and include multiple layers of fabric.

    • Strings and percussion players must wear face masks when indoors, even when playing. 

    • Brass and winds: We encourage the use of specialty face masks that open for your mouthpiece and then close again for fuller protection when mouthpiece is removed. Or, musicians may wear traditional masks, remove them when playing and pull them up again during seated periods when not playing, but this may be difficult to habituate oneself to. If you are having trouble locating any of these items, or the cost is a burden, please contact youth@pvso.org.

  • Strings will not be distanced from each other.

  • Brass and winds will be individually distanced as much as the venue can accommodate. This will be no less than 6’, ideally 10’, and increase to 14’ when possible.

  • Brass and winds must use bell covers and absorbent pads (like "puppy pads") for emptying spit valves, if either/both of these apply to your instrument.​

  • All PVS rehearsals should give ventilation breaks of about 15 minutes after approximately 45 minutes of rehearsal to allow ventilation of the rehearsal space. After each break, commonly shared surfaces will be sanitized (doorknobs, etc.).

  • As allowed by weather, we will open windows and doors to increase circulation of outside air into rehearsal spaces. When possible, fans will be used to improve air circulation. The CDC recommends low-speed fans in reverse flow (pulling air away from occupants).

  • Musicians are encouraged to wash their hands regularly, and hand and surface sanitizers will be available (be careful with hand sanitizer as it may strip instrument varnish).

  • If you or anyone in your household has a fever or other potential symptoms of COVID, or tests positive for COVID-19, do not attend rehearsal until you have had a negative COVID test or 2 weeks have gone by with no symptoms. Inform the chorus director and assistant director immediately.

This policy will be reviewed monthly by the PVS Board of Directors or more often when needed.

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.