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 musicians 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. Many of the 2020-2021 Philharmonia's members were selected for the 2021 Regional Honor Orchestras and Bands and for the Arizona All-State ensembles. Tucson Philharmonia members have also won awards at numerous music competitions and performed as soloists with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Pops Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Tucson, the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, and the Arizona Symphonic Winds. In addition, many members are the recipients of scholarships to top universities and to prestigious summer music programs and festivals such as the National Youth Orchestra of America (NYO-USA), the Rocky Ridge Summer Program, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts.
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 2021-2022 Tucson Philharmonia's schedule
includes weekly Saturday morning rehearsals, concert performances, two in-depth training workshops, the Philharmonia Scholarship Competition culminating in the TPYO Artists Spotlight Concert, and Masterclasses held by Tucson Symphony Orchestra musicians. The Philharmonia's Symphonic Training Program's schedule is designed to coordinate with school events and other student activities.
The TPYO rehearsals and concerts will meet the current health safety protocols. If necessary, the division of the orchestra into smaller ensembles and the use of orchestral repertoire from different style periods will be programmed if the full-sized symphony set-up cannot be utilized.
Rehearsals and concerts will utilize the safety guidelines as necessary, which may include temperature checks upon arrival, masks, and socially-distance seating with one player per music stand.
In addition, concerts at the Catalina Foothills HS Auditorium will be held following required safety measures, which may include reduced seating, reserved seating with advance ticket purchases only, and masks for audience members.
Philharmonia Mission Statement