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Youth Orchestra

Auditions and Tuition

Spring auditions are now closed.

Audition Registration


Spring auditions for the 2020-21 Season are now closed. Please check back later for information about Fall auditions.

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. The 2021-22 Season concerts will be announced at a later date.

2020-21 Season Concerts:

  Spring Chamber Concert
     June 5, 2021 • 1pm

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


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