P.O. Box 41882
Tucson, AZ 85717
(520) 623-1500


The Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra (TPYO) offers a professional-level training symphonic training program for serious and career-oriented pre-college musicians. Founded in 1953, the Tucson Philharmonia provides the opportunity for the finest high school-age players from throughout the Tucson metropolitan area and other Southern Arizona communities to learn professional performance skills and to perform exciting symphonic literature in a wide range of styles from standard classical masterworks to repertoire from film, Broadway musicals, jazz, opera, and ballet.

The Philharmonia's challenging program places you among a select group of highly motivated musicians and offers an exceptional level of musical training which includes full orchestra and sectional rehearsals, personalized coaching sessions, and concert performances.

The Tucson Philharmonia's members are among the most honored young musicians in Southern Arizona. Seventy-two of the 2014-2015 Philharmonia's members were selected for the 2015 Regional Honor Orchestras and Bands and sixteen members won 2015 Arizona All-State honors. Tucson Philharmonia members also won awards at numerous music competitions and performed as soloists with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Pops Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Tucson, and the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra. In addition, many members were the recipients of scholarships to top universities and prestigous summer music programs such as the National Youth Orchestra of America at Carnegie Hall and the National Orchestra Institute at the Kennedy Center.

The Tucson Philharmonia is nationally recognized among the country's foremost symphonic training programs, and it has been awarded the Arizona Music Educators Association's Raymond G. Van Diest Arts Advocacy Award for its outstanding artistry and outreach efforts across the state of Arizona. In addition, the Tucson Philharmonia made history in 2000, becoming the first and only Arizona orchestra to produce and present a concert at New York's famed Carnegie Hall.

The 2015-2016 Tucson Philharmonia's schedule will include concert performances, two in-depth training workshops, the Philharmonia Scholarship Competition culminating in the TPYO Artists Spotlight Concert, and a tour to Hollywood/Los Angeles which includes an orchestral clinic at the USC Thornton School of Music, a special performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic with violinist Itzhak Perlman at the spectacular Disney Concert Hall, and visits to the Grammy Museum and the Getty Center.

The Tucson Philharmonia's Symphonic Training Program has a schedule of activities throughout the 2015-2016 school year that has been designed to coordinate with school music events and band days, as well as with SAT and ACT testing days. Musicians who are heavily involved with other musical groups, sports teams, or extracurricular activities on Saturday mornings are advised to check the Philharmonia's 2015-2016 Rehearsal Schedule (on following page) before applying for membership. Because of the limited number of rehearsals, consistent attendance is necessary to benefit fully from the Philharmonia's unique educational program.



Philharmonia Mission Statement

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