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 symphonic 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 orchestra 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-three of the 2018-2019 Philharmonia's members were selected for the 2019 Regional Honor Orchestras and Bands and twenty-nine members won 2019 Arizona All-State honors. 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, the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, and the Arizona Symphonic Winds. In addition, many members are the recipients of scholarships to top universities and to prestigious summer music programs and festivals such as the National Youth Orchestra of America, the National Symphony Orchestra's Summer Music Institute, 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 Raymond G. Van Diest Arts 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 2019-2020 Tucson Philharmonia's schedule includes weekly rehearsals, concert performances, two in-depth training workshops, the Philharmonia Scholarship Competition culminating in the TPYO Artists Spotlight Concert, and the Winter Tour to Las Vegas.
The Tucson Philharmonia's Symphonic Training Program has a schedule throughout the 2019-2020 school year that has been designed to coordinate with school music events and band days, as well as with SAT and ACT testing days. Musicians who are involved with other musical groups, sports teams, or extracurricular activities on Saturday mornings can be members of the TPYO but they are advised to check the 2019-2020 Rehearsal Schedule. Because of the limited number of rehearsals per month, consistent attendance is necessary to benefit fully from the Tucson Philharmonia's unique educational program.
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