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 accepting auditions for all string, woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. 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 to all students playing string, wind, brass, percussion, keyboard and harp who are age 18 and under and who meet audition requirements.

Our totally stress-free auditions allow us to get to know you as a musician. 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. May 20, 3pm-4:30pm at Artspace, 15 Mill St.  and Sat. Aug. 19, 10am-12pm at Artspace, 15 Mill St.

If you are interested in auditioning for the PVS youth orchestra, please email us. Auditions are normally held at Artspace Community Arts Center in Greenfield.

Rehearsals take place every Saturday at Greenfield High School (21 Barr Avenue, Greenfield, MA)
1pm to 3pm


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 Youth Orchestra performs several times a year. Please view the current performance schedule for further information.

Luca Antonucci

Youth Orchestra Director and PVS Orchestra Assistant Conductor

LUCA ANTONUCCI is a second-year Masters student at the Hartt School, where he studies Orchestral Conducting with Edward Cumming. A native of Watertown, MA, Luca graduated from Amherst College in 2014 with a BA in Music. 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 in the Hartford area, Luca is currently on the staff of the Rivers Summer Music Camp in Weston, MA, where he teaches an Improvisation course and directs the Wind Ensemble.

The audition fee is $20, payable at the time of registration or on the day of the audition.

Tuition is $200 ($150 for siblings of current members).

Your membership also means that you and your parents are part of the Pioneer Valley Symphony family. As such you get the same benefits we give to our orchestra and chorus members. These include:

  • Free tickets to Pioneer Valley Symphony concerts
  • Opportunity to join a chamber group led by a professional coach
  • Invitations to members-only social events