P.O. Box 41882
Tucson, AZ 85717
(520) 623-1500



The Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra (TPYO) offers a professional-level training symphonic training program for serious and career-oriented pre-college musicians. Founded in 1953, the Tucson Philharmonia provides the opportunity for the finest high school-age musicians from throughout the Tucson metropolitan area and other Southern Arizona communities to learn professional performance skills and to perform exciting orchestral literature in a wide range of styles from standard classical masterworks to repertoire from film, Broadway musicals, jazz, opera, and ballet.

The Philharmonia's challenging program places you among a select group of highly motivated musicians and offers an exceptional level of musical training which includes full esnemble and sectional rehearsals, personalized coaching sessions, and concert performances.

The Tucson Philharmonia's members are among the most honored young musicians in Southern Arizona. Seventy-one of the 2020-2021 Philharmonia's members were selected for the 2020 Regional Honor Orchestras and Bands and many are selected each year for the Arizona All-State ensembles. Tucson Philharmonia members have also won awards at numerous music competitions and performed as soloists with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Pops Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Tucson, and the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra. In addition, TPYO players are the recipients of scholarships to top universities and to prestigious summer music programs and festivals such as the National Youth Orchestra of America (NYO-USA) and the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

The Tucson Philharmonia is nationally recognized among the country's foremost symphonic training programs, and it has been awarded the Arizona Music Educators Association's Advocacy Award for its outstanding artistry and outreach efforts across the state of Arizona. In addition, the Tucson Philharmonia made history in 2000, becoming the first and only Arizona orchestra to produce and present a concert at New York's famed Carnegie Hall.

The 2020-2021 Tucson Philharmonia's schedule includes weekly Saturday morning rehearsals, concert performances, in-depth training workshops, the Philharmonia Scholarship Competition, and the San Diego Tour. The Philharmonia's Symphonic Training Program's schedule is designed to coordinate with school events and other student activities.

Special Information for the 2020-2021 Season

Due to the current health situation, TPYO's traditional schedule (shown in this brochure) will be delayed or modified as necessary to meet the current mandated safety requirements. The division of the orchestra into smaller ensembles and the use of orchestral repertoire from different style periods will be programmed if the full-sized symphony set-up cannot be utilized. In addition, rehearsals may be scheduled for individual sections only (e.i., strings, woodwinds, or brass/percussion) in order to comply with gathering size requirements.

Orchestra rehearsals will utilize the guidelines implemented by European professional orchestras which include "corona" seating (socially-distanced performers), one player per music stand, temperature checks, and masks, disinfectants, and wind instrument bell covers will be provided.

In addition, TPYO's major concerts will be held following recognized safety measures. These includes reduced seating, reserved seating with advance ticket purchases only, performances without intermission, and masks for audience members. Concert days may also include repeat performances in order to accommodate the number of ticket requests.


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