A Musical Experience with Heritage in the Heartland

The Omaha Area Youth Orchestras inspire and educate young musicians by providing a rigorous and enlightening orchestral experience.

OAYO provides the only music education program of its kind in the area. The six orchestras and 18 chamber music ensembles provide high-level musical instruction and performance opportunities including concerts, outreach events and retreats.

We create a musical community that fosters artistry and friendship in an environment that promotes discipline, cooperation and leadership.

OAYO Serves:
550 musicians annually
Ages 8 to 18
In Omaha, Council Bluffs and surrounding areas
Reaching more than 100 schools and 22 school districts

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Encouraging Youth Musicianship in the Greater Omaha Area Since 1958

The Omaha Area Youth Orchestras was started in 1958 through a joint partnership between the metro area public schools and the Omaha Symphony Guild. Over 50 years later, the Omaha Area Youth Orchestras has grown to an independent, non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and an expanding professional staff.

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