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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


Auditions

Audition recordings must be received by Friday, September 25, 2020.

Audition Registration

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Auditions for the 2020-21 Season are now open. Students interested in participating should fill out the form above. Auditions will be by video recording only. The entire recording should be made with one take and no editing. Please upload your recording to YouTube or other online site that can be accessed by multiple people (Vimeo, Dropbox, etc.). Please email YouthOrchestra@artisnaples.org with the video link when you have uploaded your audition recording. Recordings will need to be received by Friday, September 25, 2020. The fee for the audition is $15 for those are not currently a member of other Artis—Naples youth ensemble groups.

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.

Tuition

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 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.

Auditions for the fall will be by recording only.  Recordings are due no later than Friday, September 25, 2020. The fee for the audition is $15 for those are not currently a member of other Artis—Naples youth ensemble groups.

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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Concerts

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 2020-21 season will be announced at a later date.


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


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