Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra

We are happy to announce a wonderful music making opportunity for young musicians for age 8-18.

Established in 2013, Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra offers unique, intense, productive, intimate music training program for the string instrument players. Our program is proud of offering smaller ensemble setting to develop the students’ musicianship and communication skills and to make music thoughtfully with the professional, experienced,
devoted, nurturing performing artists and teachers in the region.

Penn Youth Orchestra had a wonderful 2020 Fall Session in a safe and effective learning environment with very limited students! Spring Session starts on April 11,2021. Please email us at pennyouthorchestra@gmail for more details.

Please submit online application if you are interested in joining the orchestra.

Pennsylvania Advanced Strings: 9th-12th grade

Pennsylvania Advanced Strings offers uniquely intense, intimate and productive music training for elite high school string players. The students learn major chamber music repertoire with renowned faculty. Directors would like to prepare the core members for music festivals and competitions.

Audition Requirements:
Scale: major scales up to 4 sharps and 4 flats ( 3 octaves)
Piece: two contrasting movements of a solo work, concerto, or sonata
Sight read music provided in the audition

violin (limited to 5 members)

viola (limited to 2 members)

Cello (limited to 3 members)

Pennsylvania Youth Strings: 6th-9th grade

Audition Requirements:
Scale: major scales up to 4 sharps and 4 flats
Piece: two contrasting movements of a solo work, concerto, or sonata ( Suzuki book 4 or equivalent)
Sight read music provided in the audition

Violin ( limited to 8 members)

viola (limited to 2 members)

Cello (limited to 4 members)

Pennsylvania Petit Ensemble: 3rd-6th grade

Audition Requirements:
Scale: major scales up to 2 sharps and 2 flats (1-2 octave)
piece: one solo piece of your choice
Sight read music provided in the audition

Limited to 10 students total

*Exceptions made with grades, and abilities of some superior students

Rehearsal Time:

Petit Ensemble : 4:15-5:15pm

Youth Strings: 5:30-6:45pm

Advanced Strings: 7-8:15pm

Spring Semester meets on every Sunday: April 11- through June 20,2021 ( no rehearsal on May 30 Memorial Day weekend)

Tuition : $375 Each Semester

Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra

P.O. Box 721
Paoli PA 19301

Please contact : PennYouthOrchestra@gmail.com or call Director’s assistant Ms. Millie Slifer 610-996-0309

All students must be enrolled in private lessons

WHAT PARENTS and Students ARE SAYING

The Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra was a great learning experience for me. The student to teacher ratio is perfect, and I feel that the musical skills of each student have really improved due to the focus and attention the instructors pay to each student. ‚ÄčThe atmosphere is very cozy and pleasant. During my time in the ensemble, my confidence in playing skills has grown tremendously‚Äč, and I feel that I can say the same for others as well.–Eva, member of Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra ( intense high school program)

We have been attending the Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra for several years! My daughter has gained so much experience and improved her playing skills dramatically under the diligently guidance of the Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra’s teachers. It certainly helps students to prepare for higher level orchestra and, more importantly, they enjoy being part of it. Thank you for everything.