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Youth Orchestra


Audition Registration


Fall auditions for the 2021-22 season are currently open for the following instruments only: Bass, Cello, Harp, Horn, Oboe, Trombone, Trumpet and Tuba. Students interested in participating should fill out the form above. The fee for the audition is $15 for those who are not currently a member of other youth ensemble groups at Artis—Naples. Students musicians who play instruments other than those listed above should check back later for information about Spring 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) celebrates 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.

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.

2021-22 Season Concerts:

  Fall Chamber Ensemble Concert
     November 6, 2021 • 4pm

  Fall Orchestra Concert
     November 14, 2021 • 7pm

  Winter Chamber Ensemble Concert
     February 5, 2022 • 4pm

  Winter Orchestra Concert
     February 13, 2022 • 4pm

  Spring Ensemble Concert
     April 30, 2022 • 4pm

  Spring Orchestra Concert
      with special guest Midori
     May 8, 2022 •7pm

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

In order to participate in Naples Philharmonic Youth Ensembles, students must agree to follow all Artis—Naples COVID-19 safety protocols in place at the time of each event, which may include, but are not limited to: social distancing, facemasks and proof of recent negative COVID test and/or vaccination.


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