Strings (CLICK HERE to download)
The students of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras represent a broad range of age and skill levels. Each of our auditioned ensembles offer string players a different experience in developing technique and musicianship. Before auditioning, families should review each ensemble’s description to learn more about the structure of the organization. Families can CLICK HERE to read more about each ensemble. It is important to note that some ensembles are more appropriate than others based on both student experience and grade level. Our staff will place the student in the most appropriate ensemble that will both challenge them while allowing them to succeed as well as taking in to account the overall pool of audition applicants.
Younger students who are new to our program may also be asked to do a little sight reading activity. ALL STUDENTS enrolled in the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras MUST read music.
Woodwinds/Brass (CLICK HERE to download)
Orchestral woodwind/brass (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone and tuba) will be asked if they wish to be considered for placement in a full-orchestra ensemble (OYO or OYP) and/or our wind ensemble the Oklahoma Youth Winds. Students should select their preference when they sign-up for their audition. Students who are selected to participate in both a full-orchestra ensemble and the Oklahoma Youth Winds will be presented with Talent Scholarship to offset the cost of two tuitions.
Non-orchestral woodwind/brass (saxophone, bass clarinet and euphonium) are eligible for placement in the Oklahoma Youth Winds.
All woodwind/brass auditions will be recorded by a representative of our program. These videos will be shared directly with the conductors who are associated with the full-orchestras and wind ensemble for placement.
Percussion (CLICK HERE to download)
Accepted percussion students will be assigned to different ensembles throughout the season depending on musical need. Percussion students will be charged one tuition only.
Harp and Piano
Students who play harp or piano that are interested in being part of Oklahoma Youth Orchestras should sign up for an audition online. They will then be contacted by the office to schedule an audition time. Typically, harp and piano students should be prepared to demonstrate four minutes of a piece that highlights their musical and technical ability.
Who is eligible to audition?
We offer an auditioned string experience for students in middle school and high school. Our offerings for wind, brass and percussion are geared toward high school musicians. Public school, private school and home school students come together each week to make great music! IMPORTANT: Students MUST be enrolled in their school’s instrumental music program, if available, in order to participate in the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras’ programs – our organization is NOT designed as an alternative to your school’s music program. More information regarding our eligibility policy can be found in our student handbook.