Youth Symphony performs masterpieces from the standard orchestral repertoire to a highly proficient level.
They perform an annual side-by-side concert with the Omaha Symphony, work regularly with established guest conductors, enjoy an overnight retreat, and participate in regular sectionals with members
of the Omaha Symphony, UNO and UNL faculty.
Youth Philharmonic performs unabridged pieces from the standard orchestral repertoire as well as some advanced level arrangements while refining orchestral technique. Youth Philharmonic participates in an annual side-by-side retreat with the Omaha Symphony and sectionals with members of the Omaha Symphony, UNO and UNL faculty and other area professionals.
Youth Conservatory Orchestra
Youth Conservatory Orchestra is an intermediate level full orchestra designed to allow students to excel as musicians. They enjoy regular sectional time with Omaha Symphony musicians and UNO faculty and participate in an annual retreat with an accomplished guest conductor.
Youth Chamber Strings
Youth Chamber Strings is an intermediate level orchestra serves as an energetic introduction to OAYO. Chamber Strings performs two formal concerts and participates in numerous sectionals with accomplished local musicians as well as a side-by-side retreat with Youth Symphony members.
Honors Orchestra is an introductory level ensemble for students in grades 5 through 8 that serves as an opportunity for young musicians to play in a full orchestra with other talented wind, brass, percussion and string students from the Omaha area and work with professional conductors and sectional coaches.
Honors Orchestra runs for 8 weeks beginning in September. Membership is based on recommendations from school or private music teachers. No audition is required.
Elementary Strings is a preparatory ensemble provides an opportunity for string students in grades 4 through 6 to play in an orchestra with other talented musicians from the Omaha area, while working with professional conductors and sectional coaches.
Elementary Strings runs for 8 weeks beginning in January.
Membership is based on recommendations from school or private music teachers. No audition is required.
Chamber Music Program
OAYO’s chamber music program helps develop young musicians into stronger performers. Open to any member of the audition-based orchestras, chamber music is a team effort that requires each musician’s personal commitment to their individual parts as well as the ensemble. OAYO chamber music ensembles present a formal concert each season and have the opportunity to perform at private and corporate functions throughout the city.