Play music, learn, have fun!

The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra is a great opportunity to play great music with others and improve your musicianship in a fun and supportive environment.

We accept inquiries throughout the year from instrumentalists interested in joining the Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra. To schedule an audition contact us at

If you are a member or a Youth Orchestra parent, you can get further information about rehearsals, scheduled performances and other details here.

Youth Orchestra brass Nov 2016
Youth Orchestra, string section November 2016
Youth Orchestra

Testimonials from Youth Orchestra Parents

“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.” – Chris Johnson, 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!” Nick Bagley, Orchestra Parent

Auditions are open by audition to all students ages 18 and under who play strings, winds, brass, percussion, keyboard or harp.

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!

View audition requirements & preparation needs.

Auditions: Sat. Aug. 12, 10am-12pm at Artspace (15 Mill St., Greenfield, MA)

If you are interested in auditioning for the PVS youth orchestra, please email us.

Rehearsals take place at Greenfield High School (21 Barr Avenue, Greenfield, MA)
on Sundays, 5-7pm


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.

In the 2016/17 season, performances included our Fall Concert at Greenfield High School in November, a Side-by-Side performance with the Pioneer Valley Symphony at the PVS Holiday Concert in December, PVSYO On Tour! in April, and our final concert in Amherst on May 6, which included the world premiere of the winner of our Call for Scores, Slumber by local composer Dan Lis.

You can read more about Dan at his website:

We also collected 140 lbs of food donations for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts! Read more here:



Check back soon for updated information on our 2017/18 Season!

Luca Antonucci

Youth Orchestra Director and PVS Orchestra Assistant Conductor

LUCA ANTONUCCI recently completed his Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting at the Hartt School in Hartford, where he studied with Edward Cumming. A native of Watertown, MA, Luca graduated from Amherst College in 2014 with a BA in Music, before spending a year in Austria as a Fulbright Fellow. When not on the podium or in the library, Luca can be found pursuing his multifarious musical interests, which range from choral directing to Austro-Bohemian folk music, jazz, and free improvisation.

In addition to teaching trumpet privately, Luca is currently on the staff of the Rivers Summer Music Camp in Weston, MA, where he teaches an Improvisation/Theory course and directs the Wind Ensemble.

Tuition for the 2017/2018 season is $200 ($150 for siblings of current members).

Tuition for the Chamber Music Program is $50.

A nonrefundable audition fee of $20 will be applied to your tuition.

Scholarships are available; please contact us at for details.

All members of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra are invited to participate in a chamber group, led by a professional coach. Chamber groups rehearse weekly on Sundays, and perform at Youth Orchestra concerts, as well as community outreach concerts and at Pioneer Valley Symphony events.

Joining a chamber group is a great way to develop your musicianship and have fun playing great music with friends in a relaxed environment where YOU get to make the decisions. To that end, we try to place students in groups of an appropriate level for their musical needs.