Looking for graduation presents?

Any spring birthdays out there? (Mine is!)

Need an end of the year gift for your musician?

We have items on sale for the spring!  These will make perfect gifts for your OAYO musician, an aspiring musician, a sibling, alums who want memorabilia,  ANYONE and EVERYONE!  Check out our items HERE!

Orders need to be placed by FRIDAY MARCH 2nd and will be available for pick up at the Prelude Strings Concert on Saturday, March 10th or at the Spring Concert on Sunday, March 11th.

Hoodies come in black, white, green, red, & blue!
Sweatpants come in charcoal only.
This shirt comes in red, black, & white!
Shirt comes in green, black, white, red, & blue!
This hat comes in grey, black, & red!
We have Gildan blend super soft tee shirts (& youth), super soft long sleeved tees (& youth), hoodies (& youth), sweatpants, and stocking hats! Stock up for your musician today! CLICK HERE TO PLACE AN ORDER

















The Omaha Area Youth Orchestras Concerto Competition is an opportunity to perform before a panel of judges, receive written comments and compete for one opportunity to perform as a soloist with Youth Symphony during the 2018-2019 season.

The OAYO Concerto Competition is limited to musicians who are members of the Omaha Area Youth Orchestras in BOTH the season in which they audition and the season in which they perform.  

Members may audition on any instrument and are not limited to the instrument which they play in OAYO orchestras or ensembles. Winners may audition again after three years. There is no minimum age requirement.

The Competition is designed for all instrument divisions, ie. woodwinds, brass, percussion, strings, harp, guitar and piano.  A single Competition winner will be announced.  

The Concerto Competition Finals are open to the public at UNO Recital Hall (Children under age 10 not admitted.) The public will be allowed to listen to the competition only from the last rows in the back of the recital hall and no other location in the Strauss Performing Arts building.

Repertoire  –  One movement of a standard concerto or concert piece performed from memory.

  • Entrants should consider playability of the Concerto by a youth orchestra.

  • Pieces exceeding 10 minutes will be disqualified unless approval has been given by the Music Director prior to the Competition.

  • Entrants will be given up to 10 minutes to perform at the discretion of the judges.

  • All submitted selections will be reviewed by the Concerto Committee who reserves the right to reject any titles and/or limit the number of contestants.

  • OAYO will pay up to $200.00 in rental costs for orchestral parts and score for the performance with the Youth Symphony.  Entrant will pay the remaining amounts.

Winning Performance

The winner of the Concerto Competition will perform with the Youth Symphony during the 2018- 2019 season. The winner must be available to rehearse at the Music Director’s discretion during the 2018-2019 season.  The concert that the winner performs on is at the discretion of the music director and may not always be at the same concert or venue each season.  Questions may be directed to the Music Director.

 Entry Deadline: March 5, 2018

  • Incomplete Entries will not be considered.

  • Late entries will not be accepted.

Entry process:

  1. Complete the on-line Entry Form

  2. Submit the Entry Fee of $35.00 by either paying on-line or sending a check to the OAYO office.

  3. Mail to the OAYO Office at 1905 Harney St, Omaha, Nebraska 68102:

  • A completed Teacher Recommendation Form and

  • A typed personal resume stating your musical education, teachers, performances and prizes.

Entry Fee – $35.00

Submit the Entry Fee of $35.00 by either paying on-line at the Charms website or sending a check payable to OAYO to the office.

On the day of the Competition, Entrants must:

  1. Perform the Concerto from memory

  2. Provide their own accompanist (including pianists)

  3. Provide two copies of the music with measure numbers for the judges to view during theCompetition (at least one of these must be the piano part or a full score)

  4. Be prepared to supply a full score to the Music Director upon request.

  5. Only in the event of a scheduled school instrumental music trip outside of Nebraska will an entrant be allowed to videotape their audition prior to the competition date for the judge’s consideration on the date of the competition.  

Judges’ Decision

The judges’ decision will be final. The judges reserve the right to withhold award, if, in their opinion, participants do not qualify. The winner shall receive neither fees, nor broadcasting rights for their performance with the Omaha Area Youth Symphony.

2018-2019 Concerto Competition Entry Form:

Download the Teacher’s Recommendation Form:

Submit Payment for the Entry Fee by sending a check with the application or by calling the OAYO Office to pay with a credit card.



Application deadline:
On-line applications for both Scholarships are due no later than Thursday, March 1, 2018.  Paper Applications may be requested from the OAYO office, but also must be completed and returned to the OAYO office no later than Thursday, March 1, 2018.  No exceptions to the deadlines will be made.


The Deborah L. Gilmore Memorial Scholarship is a $500 award given to an outstanding OAYO graduating senior student.  The funds are to be applied to his or her tuition as music major in college.

The James W. Kirkpatrick Outstanding Achievement Award is a $500 award given to an OAYO graduating senior student.    The funds are to be applied to his or her tuition at college and are not restricted to any specific field of study.


Interviews will be conducted by a Scholarship Committee after applications are completed. Date to be determined.


Please follow THIS LINK to sign up to volunteer. Please scroll through all the opportunities to find your site and a date that works for you, or sign up to work the day of the concert! Lots of opportunities before and after the concert.

If you decide not to volunteer, there is a $10 fee that you can give to the rehearsal manager.

When you arrive at the rehearsal you sign up to volunteer at, please check in with the rehearsal manager.

Thank you so much for all you do! We wouldn’t be able to run as smoothly without your help!


Raise money for OAYO while you shop!

For every gift card you purchase, businesses will donate a portion of your total to OAYO.


ShopWithScrip is a fun way to benefit you and your favorite musical non-profit organization!

How to get your gift cards:

Step 1: Print the order form HERE.

Step 2: Fill out your order form! Have fun with it! Get some gifts, treat yourself, stock up on those gas and grocery cards, get some department store or pharmacy store gift cards. Going out of town for the holidays? Get a hotel or rental car gift card. The possibilities are endless!

Step 3: Write us a check, count out some cash, all you owe is the face value of the gift card! The businesses you buy from donate to us!

Step 4: Put your order form and payment in an envelope, stamp it, and mail it to us by DECEMBER 5th!

Step 5: Wait for your cards to be shipped to your door.  We will place the orders for the cards once we get your order form. The cards will be shipped to us and we will mail them to you! You should receive your cards by December 15th.

Musicians, still looking for things to add to your Christmas lists?

Parents, trying to come up with a few extra gifts for musicians?

We have items on sale for the holidays!  These will make perfect gifts for your OAYO musician, an aspiring musician, a sibling, alums who want memorabilia,  ANYONE and EVERYONE!  Check out our items HERE!

Orders need to be placed by FRIDAY DECEMBER 8th and will be at the office for you to pick up by FRIDAY DECEMBER 15th.

Hoodies come in black, white, green, red, & blue!
Sweatpants come in charcoal only.
This shirt comes in red, black, & white!



This shirt comes in green, black, white, red, & blue!



This hat comes in grey, black, & red!






We have Gildan blend super soft tee shirts (& youth), super soft long sleeved tees (& youth), hoodies (& youth), sweatpants, and stocking hats! Stock up for your musician today!

Click HERE to place your order!

Throughout the 2017-2018 concert season, musicians may be highlighted in efforts to promote the Omaha Area Youth Orchestras (OAYO) activities and achievements. For example, musicians may be featured in grant applications and/or to increase a public awareness of OAYO through newspapers, radio, TV, social media platforms, CDs, videos, displays, brochures and other types of media.

In order to do this, we would like your permission.  If you would like examples of things we post and photos we share, check out our Facebook page or browse through some photos in our media gallery.


Please fill out this form to provide your consent.

If you wish to not be included we also need you to fill out the form to let us know what you do not wish to be shared.



The OAYO Membership Directory

The OAYO Directory will provide contact information for parents.  Find out who is in your area for carpooling and more!  This on-line resource will be limited to OAYO families.  

If you do not want to be identified in the Membership Directory, you must complete the Opt-Out form by August 4th.

Click this link to opt-out: Opting Out of the OAYO Membership Directory

Example of the Directory listing:

Ensemble / Chamber Music Ensemble:    Youth Concert Strings

Musician / Instrument:    Anne Armstrong, Violin

New or returning musician:  Returning

School or Home school:   Beveridge Middle School, OPS 

Parents:  Tom and Terry Armstrong

Address:  15878 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE

Contact Information for Parents:   (402) 123-4567; parent.email@domain.com

Contact for:  Carpooling



Who are you?

Member of Board of Directors

Please share a little bit about yourself!

I am the Vice President of Education & Community Engagement for the Omaha Symphony. I am married to another OAYO alum – Craig Mathis (Trombone – graduated 2007). Outside of my work with the Omaha Symphony and OAYO I also work with the Millard North Band program as a brass tech during marching and concert band season. I’m also involved with the Nebraska State Bandmaster Association and have been the Corporate Sponsor and Exhibit Chair since 2015.

How long have you been involved with OAYO?

I joined OAYO in 2000 as a 6th grader in Honors Orchestra. I moved up through the orchestras (YCO, YP and finally YS).

Tell us about your musical background and/or what you appreciate about music?

by Sadie Hernandez

I have been involved in music my entire life. My mother is a church organist and had me singing in choir since I could walk. I began playing French Horn in 5th grade and have loved it ever since. I actually have a degree in horn performance from UNL and have worked with several music/arts organizations since graduating (National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO; National Symphony in Washington DC; Lied Center in Lincoln, NE; Omaha Performing Arts and most recently the Omaha Symphony). My husband is a band director as well. Safe to say – music incredibly important in our lives.

What do you enjoy most about working with OAYO?

Knowing that students are getting the experiences that I had is the best part of working with OAYO. My school did not have an orchestra program (just band) and the teachers I met, the music I played, the friends and mentors I gained was incredible. I want to make sure that other students get that opportunity.

Please share why do you continue to support OAYO?

I support OAYO because I would not be where I am today with OAYO. I would not know about my career without the mentors I gained, I wouldn’t have known much about orchestras without OAYO, heck – I met my husband in OAYO! If I could pinpoint one pivotal moment in my life – one thing that I am SO incredibly grateful that my mom was able to say yes to – it would be joining the Honors Orchestra in 6th grade. OAYO changed my life!