NVSO Youth Ensembles to Perform Two Holiday Concerts

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Grace Bates rehearses with North Valley Youth Strings. Photo courtesy Aashish Malaviya

NVSO — Mark your calendars, and invite your family, friends and neighbors to attend a holiday performance by North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s three youth ensembles. North Valley Youth Orchestra, North Valley Youth Strings and North Valley Symphonettes will perform their mid-season formal concert Saturday, December 1st at 3:30 p.m. That concert is free to the public, and is held at Cactus Shadows High School, 5802 E. Dove Valley Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331.  

All three youth orchestras will also perform at The Outlets at Anthem on Saturday, December 8th at 2:00 p.m., near the large Christmas tree.

NVS (Symphonettes), directed by Eily Hallagan, is a non-audition ensemble with a focus on technique, theory, and scales, additionally learning concert music to provide a more robust musical experience.


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NVYS (Youth Strings), directed by Orlando Moss, and is an intermediate level orchestra that helps students advance their musical training beyond NVS.

NVYO (Youth Orchestra), directed by Josh Lynch, is the highest skill-level youth ensemble, challenging advanced NVSO musicians while performing at multiple concerts and recruiting events each season.

If young string players are interested in joining one of the NVSO youth ensembles for the second semester, please inquire through the “Contact Us” tab at www.northvalleysymphony.org. Auditions for NVYS and NVYO will be held December 9th. For specific audition requirements, select the appropriate orchestra under the “Join Us” tab. Students in all orchestras are required to be members of their school orchestra program, or take private lessons if their school does not have an orchestra program. NVSO youth ensembles rehearse Mondays from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at North Canyon High School.

NVSO is supported by the Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, and also the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture through appropriations from the Phoenix City Council.

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