Omaha Area Youth Orchestras
We create a musical community that fosters artistry and friendship in an environment that promotes discipline, cooperation and leadership. We prepare our student musicians to become active participants in the arts community and we achieve these goals in partnership with parents, teachers and schools throughout the Greater Omaha-area.
Musicians interested in participating in one of our season-long orchestra ensembles (YS, YP or YCS) audition in April of every year with rehearsals starting in August. Late auditions are accepted throughout the year based on orchestra availability. Contact the OAYO office for more information. Musicians interested in our Prelude String 8-week introductory program only need a recommendation from their music teacher.
OAYO musicians receive:
Weekly instruction from one of our OAYO conductors
Opportunities to perform at the best venues in Omaha, including the Holland Performing Arts Center
Sectional coaching tailored for their instrument from professional musicians and local music educators
Instruction from youth orchestra and professional orchestra guests conductors and directors
Opportunities for intensive practice and socializing at additional events
Weekly coaching and individualized instruction for musicians in the Chamber Music Program
All of OAYO 's ensembles (unless otherwise noted) meet on Sundays at
the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Strauss Performing Arts Center.