JOIN OUR 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 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.
Greenfield High School
21 Barr Avenue, Greenfield, MA
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.
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.
Youth Orchestra Concerts for the 2019-2020 Season:
Fall Youth Orchestra Concert
Saturday, November 9, 2019 | 4:00 pm
Greenfield High School Auditorium
Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 3:00 pm
Greenfield High School Auditorium
Spring Youth Orchestra Concert
Saturday, April 4, 2020 | 7:00 pm
Grace Episcopal Church, Amherst
PVS Youth Orchestra 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!
Currently auditioning for all orchestral instruments, except clarinet and trumpet
January 5th 5:30-7:30pm
If you are interested in auditioning for the PVS Youth Orchestra, please sign up here.
TUITUION & 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!”
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.
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.