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 appointment 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 for 2018/2019 will be held on August 11th & 12th by appointment. If these dates are not possible for you, please contact us anyway. We will work with you to find an alternate time.

If you are interested in auditioning for the PVS Youth Orchestra, please email us to set up an appointment and for more details.

Rehearsals take place at Greenfield High School (21 Barr Avenue, Greenfield, MA)
on Sundays, 5:30-7:30pm

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 2017/18 season, we welcomed our new Youth Orchestra director, Steven Bathory-Peeler; 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, and our final Spring concert in Amherst in April.

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.

Steven began his conducting career in 1992 when he served as assistant conductor for the Boston Civic Symphony and New England Conservatory Opera Department. Conducting teachers have included: Jeffrey Rink, Michael Jinbo, and Glen Adsit. Steven holds a DMA in composition from the University of Hartford, an MMus in voice from New England Conservatory, and a BMus in voice from Indiana University. Further study was undertaken at the Pierre Monteaux School for Conductors and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Steven has also served as the assistant conductor for the PVS during the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 seasons.

Steven has been recognized by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers as an emerging composer with awards given in 2001 and 2002. In addition to the general duties of the music director of the PVSYO, Steven is excited to teach members of the orchestra about giving back to the community and how to become a positive role model for others. Steven lives in Gill, with his wife Megan and two children, Ella and Quinn.

Tuition for the 2018/2019 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 added to your tuition where applicable.

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.