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Youth Orchestra

Auditions and Tuition


Audition Registration

Deadline May 31, 2021


Spring auditions for the 2021-22 Season are now open. Students interested in participating should fill out the form above. Auditions will be by video recording only. The entire recording should be made with one take and no editing. Please upload your recording to YouTube or other online site that can be accessed by multiple people (Vimeo, Dropbox, etc.). Please email YouthOrchestra@artisnaples.org with the video link when have uploaded your audition recording. Recordings will need to be received by Monday, May 31, 2021. The fee for the audition is $15 for those are not currently a member of other Artis—Naples youth ensemble groups.

The NPYO accepts students between the ages of 12 and 19. Students who have graduated high school are encouraged to audition, however we give priority to current high school students. For additional information, please email YouthOrchestra@artisnaples.org.

Audition Excerpts

Solo Repertoire

  • A movement of a concerto, sonata, or solo piece of choice. Please play a total of at least three minutes.

Orchestral Excerpts

  • Play the orchestral excerpts for your instrument available for download from the links provided above.


Annual tuition for the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is $275. The one-time music fee is $35. Some scholarships are available.


The Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (NPYO) will celebrate its 21st season in 2021-22. This intensive program provides opportunities for accomplished middle school and high school student musicians to perform a wide-range of works under the baton of Radu Paponiu, associate conductor of the Naples Philharmonic. This fall, due to safety concerns related to COVID-19, the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will focus on socially distanced chamber orchestra and chamber music.

Chamber Music Program

All members of the NPYO are further challenged to develop their musical abilities through the NPYO chamber music program. All NPYO chamber groups are coached weekly by Naples Philharmonic musicians. Chamber music placement is dependent on student interest and ensemble availability.

Radu Paponiu

Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Director

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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.

2020-21 Season Concerts:

  Wind and Percussion Ensembles Concert
     December 13, 2020 • 2pm

  String Ensemble Concert
     December 13, 2020 • 7pm

  Wind, Brass and Percussion Ensembles Concert
     March 7, 2021 • 2pm

  String Ensemble Concert
     March 7, 2021 • 7pm

  Wind, Brass and Percussion Ensembles Concert
     May 23, 2021 • 2pm

  String Ensemble Concert
     May 23, 2021 •7pm

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


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