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"I am so thankful to have a strong youth orchestra program in my community. The challenging repertoire I learn every season brings me to a new level of skill and appreciation for classical music."

Youth Orchestra

The Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (NPYO) will celebrate its 17th season in 2017-18. This intensive program provides opportunities for accomplished middle school and high school student musicians to perform a wide-range of symphonic works under the baton of Radu Paponiu, Assistant Conductor of the Naples Philharmonic. The NPYO performs side-by-side with the Naples Philharmonic at the annual Summer Spectacular concert.

Auditions are held in the fall and spring. Once selected, student musicians rehearse on Sundays afternoons from September through May.

Chamber Music Program

Select members of the NPYO are further challenged to develop their musical abilities through the newly introduced NPYO chamber music program. All NPYO chamber groups are coached weekly by Naples Philharmonic musicians, and performances take place in Daniels Pavilion. Chamber music placement is dependent on student interest and ensemble availability.


Combining the talents of Naples’ most gifted middle and high school-aged musicians, the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra delights audiences in these popular annual concerts.

  Fall Concert
     November 12, 2017 • 7pm

  Chamber Music Concert
     November 19, 2017 • 1pm

  Winter Concert
     February 4, 2018 • 3pm

  Chamber Music Concert
     February 16, 2018 • 7pm

  Spring Concert
     with guests Robert McDuffie, violinist
     and Mike Mills of the band R.E.M.

     April 29, 2018 • 7pm

  Chamber Music Concert
     May 12, 2018 • 7pm

  Summer Spectacular
     May 27, 2018 • 7pm

Radu Paponiu

Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Director

  Meet Radu

The Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is generously endowed by the Schoen Family Foundation.


Fall auditions and seating placement auditions for the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will take place on the following dates:

September 1, 2017, 3-8pm  •  violins, violas
September 2, 2017, 9am-5pm  •  all new auditions, woodwinds, brass, percussion, cellos, basses

The NPYO accepts students up to the age of 19. Students who have graduated high school are encouraged to audition, however we give priority to current high school students. Students who are accepted to the NPYO after the Fall auditions will join the orchestra starting August 2017. Anyone interested in scheduling an audition, please email youthorchestra@artisnaples.org.

  2017-18 Youth Orchestra Schedule

Audition Excerpts

Students wishing to audition should prepare major scales through three sharps and three flats, including arpeggios — two octaves minimum, three octaves recommended. Prepare two short solo pieces displaying technical ability (faster), and lyrical ability (slower). Be sure to bring a copy of the music for the judges to review. Excerpts for the particular instrument will be heard, and students may be asked to sight read a short passage. The fee for the audition is $15 for those who are not currently a member of other youth ensemble groups at Artis—Naples.

Solo Repertoire

  • Be prepared to play two contrasting solo pieces of your selection, totaling 2-3 minutes. One more technical (faster) and one more lyrical (slower).
  • These selections should showcase your ability, so select pieces that will best demonstrate this for the judges.
  • Bring two photo copies of this selection for the judges.


  • Be prepared to play major scales in keys with up to three sharps and three flats, including arpeggios.
  • 2 octave minimum, 3 octave recommended

Orchestral Excerpts

  • Be prepared to play the orchestral excerpts for your instrument available for download from the links provided.
  • Prepare these pieces as completely as you prepare your solo piece.
  • Bring your copy of the excerpt to the audition.

Sight Reading

  • You may be asked to sight read a short passage.

For more information and to schedule an audition, please contact Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra at youthorchestra@artisnaples.org.


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