Youth Orchestras

The West Valley Youth Orchestra is a non-profit organization offering beginning and advanced music training through two ensembles: The Cadet Strings, comprised of beginning string players at a Suzuki Book 2 or equivalent level, and the Youth Orchestra, for string players at Suzuki Book 4 level and above and advanced wind players.

Rehearsals are Mondays during the school year: WVYO 6:15 - 8:30 pm and Cadets 6:15 - 7:30 pm, at Wigwam Creek Middle School, 4510 N. 127th Ave., Litchfield Park

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Chamber Music Summer Camp

The West Valley Youth Orchestra hosts a Chamber Music Summer Camp with Quartet Sabaku for students ages 10 - 19 in June. The camp runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm each day for a week. The members of the professional string quartet, Quartet Sabaku, coach the students.

There is a public performance on the final day of the camp. This concert showcases the camp ensembles, orchestras, and Quartet Sabaku.

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Since 1997

Our Mission

The mission of the West Valley Youth Orchestra program is to offer young talented musicians an opportunity to participate with their peers in an orchestral setting. This experience provides intensive training so participants will develop greater music understanding, ability and appreciation.

There are two performing groups in the program during the school year. Cadet Strings is a training ensemble for beginning string players. The West Valley Youth Orchestra is a full orchestra with strings, woodwinds. brass and percussion players. We also offer a Chamber Music Camp in June for a week of coaching with Quartet Sabaku.

Every year our ensembles perform in a variety of concerts around the Phoenix metropolitan area. We have string festivals and workshops, and participate in side-by-side concerts with the West Valley Symphony.

Since there are few string music programs in the local school systems, we provide a needed service to our community.

Members of our youth orchestras and summer chamber music camp come from Avondale, Litchfield Park, Goodyear, Peoria, Glendale, Buckeye, Surprise, Tolleson and other areas of West Phoenix.


Support Our Mission: The West Valley Youth Orchestra is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. You can make a tax-deductable charitable contribution by sending a check to The West Valley Youth Orchestra, Box 206, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340, or by using a debit or credit card below.