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Youth Orchestra



NPYO audition registration for the 2023-24 season is open. Returning students must audition in the fall. New students may audition on Saturday, May 27 or in the fall. Fall auditions for strings and percussion will take place on Saturday, August 26. Fall auditions for winds and brass will take place on Sunday, August 27. The fee for the audition is $20 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. 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.


The Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra normally rehearses on Sunday afternoons from 3-6pm, with chamber music rehearsals from 2-3pm. The season begins with a retreat on Saturday, September 2 from 1-6pm, and a rehearsal on Sunday, September 3.


Annual tuition for the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is $350. Some scholarships are available.


The Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (NPYO) celebrates its 23rd season in 2023-24. 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.

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 student musicians, the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra delights audiences in these popular annual concerts.

2023-24 Season
Upcoming Concerts:


Concerts for the 2023-24 season will be announced this summer.

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


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