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The students of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras receive high-level instruction from incredible local music educators, weekly rehearsals and several performances per season, and the chance to interact with amazing guest artists and clinicians. All OKYO Members audition every year, and you can pre-register NOW to be notified when you can audition for the coming 2021-2022 Season. Financial aid and simple payment plans make it possible for anyone to participate. Please read on to learn more. If you then have any questions, please contact our Program Manager of Students and Families.

Note to returning students: The process may have changed since your last audition, so be sure to read through the processes and requirements below!

Preguntas? Envíe un correo electrónico al gerente del programa Francisco Venegas a fvenegas@oyomusic.org

 

Audition Dates & Location

 

Audition dates for the 2021-2022 season will be announced soon! In the meantime, pre-register for your audition HERE to be the first to know when audition dates are released. Please familiarize yourself with the audition requirements for your instrument, and we highly recommend making yourself a few practice videos before you chose to submit yours.
Eligibility
Our programs cater to a wide range of age and skill levels. Our offerings for string instruments span young middle school students with a year or more of experience to the most advanced high school students. Wind, brass, percussion, and guitar students are generally of high school age, but advanced young students are encouraged to audition as well. There are no strict age requirements for membership in any of our ensembles, but age may be a factor in the placement process. Only students performing on instruments relevant to our programs are eligible for membership.

Important: All members of OKYO are required to participate in their school’s music program if one is available to them. OKYO is not a replacement for the daily practice and instruction provided by local music educators. An enrollment check will be performed to confirm your enrollment in your school’s music program unless special arrangements are made between the OKYO Program Manager and the director of the school ensemble. This policy does not apply to homeschool/online students, or to students whose schools do not offer a relevant music program.

Submission and Placement Process
All audition videos may last no more than 5 minutes, so please plan your audition materials accordingly. Videos may be submitted through our Auditions form which will be made available in early May. Families may chose from three submission deadlines: May 15, June 15, or July 15. All videos submit by July 15 will first be reviewed and ranked by our judges, and then placed into the 2021-22 Season ensembles by our  Artistic Staff. For those auditioning for the first time things like age, length of time you have played your instrument, and whether or not you take private lessons may be considered. Current members auditioning again may also have their previous performance, behavior, and attendance considered.
Audition Requirements
Each instrument group has its own requirements. For instrument-specific requirements visit our Audition Requirements page. 
Placement
Audition results for the 2021-22 Season will be sent by email by August 14. Students may accept or decline their placement until August 27, and there is no financial obligation until you have officially enrolled. It is recommended that families consult the tentative Season Performances and Rehearsal Calendar, to be sure you are ready to commit to the time required. The OKYO Family Handbook explains our policies on absences, behavior expectations, and other relevant information, and a Handbook Supplement addresses our health and safety protocols.

Students who submit an audition will be contacted via email with results and next steps.

All interested students can pre-register NOW to be notified when you can audition for the coming 2021-2022 Season!