A Step-by-Step Guide to Joining OAYO
Step 1: OAYO offers a range of ensembles and chamber music. The chart below includes ensemble descriptions, repertoire and rehearsal schedules. Please use this chart to guide your selection of which ensemble(s) to audition for.
Step 2: Read the audition brochure.
Note: Annual auditions occur during two weeks in April. Auditions are required for placement into Youth Concert Strings, Youth Conservatory Orchestra, Youth Philharmonic, or Youth Symphony.
If you miss the audition and scholarship deadlines, please contact the OAYO office and ask for late audition and scholarship applications. Limited positions may be available based upon instrumentation and other factors.
Step 3: Register for an audition time.
Visit the Audition Registration site and fill out the form to register! Fill out the full form and pay the audition fee. If you have any troubles with the form, please call or stop by the office and we can help with a hard copy of the form.
The deadline to register for an audition is March 28th. After that date, you must call the office to schedule an audition at the liberty of our conductors’ schedules.
Step 4: Review & Prepare the requirements and excerpts.
Open and print the audition requirements.
If you are auditioning for both Youth Philharmonic and Youth Symphony you need to prepare both excerpts.
Please note auditions to Youth Symphony and Youth Philharmonic are blind. All auditions are recorded and reviewed. Strings may change bowing and fingerings with help from your teacher.
Find and download your audition excerpt(s).
Excerpts which must be prepared and performed at the auditions for Youth Symphony and Youth Philharmonic will be posted on this website by March 1st. Please remember, you must bring your music to the audition. Copies of the excerpts will not be available at the audition sites.
Percussion (Debut, Philharmonic, and Symphony):
If you have questions, please contact us. The artistic staff is happy to answer questions and offer suggestions. Spanish speakers are also welcome to call for assistance. Llámennos al (402) 238-2044.
Ways to Submit Audition and Scholarship Applications
1. Fill out online
2. Print and mail the forms
3. Pick up forms from the OAYO office
Please include the audition fee with the completed form.
1905 Harney St
Omaha, NE 68102