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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.

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. 

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, usual program activities are suspended. There are in-person and virtual opportunities available to youth musicians. Please contact YOUTH@PVSO.ORG or 413.77.3.3664 for more information.


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

Tuition for the 2020-2021 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 usually a non-refundable $20 audition fee, which is applied to tuition when the student is accepted, but this is waived for VIRTUAL 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!​

Upcoming VIRTUAL Auditions:

  • Sunday, August 16 12:00 pm-3:00 pm

See Audition Requirements here

Fill out this brief form to schedule your audition.

You can also email

with questions.


Typical Season:

Sunday Evenings


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 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.


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.

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