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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


Spring auditions are now closed.

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Spring auditions for the 2020-21 Season are now closed. Please check back later for information about the 2021-22 Season 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.


The Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (NPYO) will celebrate its 20th season in 2020-21. 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

Additional 2020-21 season may be announced at a later date.

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


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