P.O. Box 41882
Tucson, AZ 85717
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, stage, 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. Eighty-seven of the 2012-2013 Philharmonia's members participated in the 2013 Regional Honor Orchestras and Bands and twenty-six members won 2013 Arizona All-State honors. Tucson Philharmonia members also won awards at numerous music competitions, appearing 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 summer music programs.
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 2013-2014 Tucson Philharmonia's schedule will include concert performances, an intensive training retreat, a tour to Las Vegas which includes an orchestral clinic at UNLV School of Music and a performance by the Las Vegas Philharmonic at the Reynolds Hall in the spectacular new Smith Center for the Performing Arts, and the Philharmonia Scholarship Competition culminating in the TPYO Artists Spotlight Concert.
The Tucson Philharmonia's Symphonic Training Program has a schedule of activities throughout the 2013-2014 school year that has been designed to coordinate with AMEA/ABODA sanctioned 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 Saturdays are advised to check the Philharmonia's 2013-2014 Rehearsal Schedule 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.