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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 18th season in 2018-19. 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.

  Chamber Music Concert
     November 1, 2018 • 7pm

  Fall Concert
     November 11, 2018 • 7pm

  Winter Concert
     February 11, 2019 • 7pm

  Chamber Music Concert
     February 16, 2019 • 5pm

  Spring Concert
     May 5, 2019 • 7pm

  Chamber Music Concert
     April 25, 2019 • 7pm

  Summer Spectacular
     May 26, 2019 • 7pm

Radu Paponiu

Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Director

  Meet Radu

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


Sunday, January 20, 2019, time TBD
Pine Ridge Middle School

Audition Registration

  Register Online

Auditions must be scheduled in advance. The fee for the audition is $15 for those who are not currently a member of other youth ensemble groups at Artis—Naples. 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. Students who are accepted to the NPYO after the Fall auditions will join the orchestra starting August 2018. Auditions for the third concert cycle are now open for Bassoon, Horn and Strings. To register for an audition, please follow the registration link, above. For additional information, please email YouthOrchestra@artisnaples.org.

  2018-19 Youth Orchestra Schedule

Audition Excerpts

Solo Repertoire

  • A movement of a concerto, sonata, or solo piece of choice. Please be prepared to play a total of at least five minutes.

Orchestral Excerpts

  • Be prepared to play the orchestral excerpts for your instrument available for download from the links provided above.
  • 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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