Prelude Strings registration is now open for the 2018 session. The deadline to register is January 15th. Rehearsal dates are January 20 – March 3. The final concert will be held on March 10. Six sites are available: Skinner Elementary, South HS, Buffett MS, Kirn MS, Sharon North Jones (SNJ) Music Studio and Omaha Conservatory of Music (OCM). All sites except OCM will meet from 10 AM – 12 PM. OCM will meet from 12:30-2:30 PM. For locations, please see the brochure.
OAYO appreciates the hours that parents volunteer! Each family is required to volunteer 3 times per musician or pay the volunteer opt-out fee of $60 per musician. It is now time to sign up using the following links!
Throughout the 2018-2019 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.
Ensemble / Chamber Music Ensemble: Youth Concert StringsMusician / Instrument: Anne Armstrong, ViolinNew or returning musician: ReturningSchool or Home school: Beveridge Middle School, OPS Parents: Tom and Terry ArmstrongAddress: 15878 Farnam Street, Omaha, NEContact Information for Parents: (402) 123-4567; email@example.comContact for: Carpooling
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?
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!
We will provide contact information for parents to connect with one another for carpools and rehearsal communication! Musicians want to hang out and meet up outside of rehearsal time? Reach out!*
*With permission of all parties. Consent/release form to follow.
Call to Action
Do you have a social media account? Do friends and family like interacting with your posts? Need to get away from all the drama and politics on Twitter and Facebook? Let’s fill Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with smiling faces and beautiful instruments. Help us share what’s going on in our community with your community! We will be providing QR codes to link you directly to our pages and #hashtags that you can use to connect with us. Have a photo to share? Tag us with a hashtag! If we like your posts, we may even share them from our pages!
#oayo #OayoRetreat #OayoRehearsal
Are you ready for the season to start? We are anxious to get back to rehearsing magnificent music with wonderful musicians!
In order to proceed with OAYO, we need to know that you have read your acceptance email, you understand which group you have been placed in, and you are committed to rehearsing and performing the entire year with your ensemble.
We understand that kids love to participate in various types of activities, and we completely support their enthusiasm. But we need them to understand that accepting placement is a commitment. We understand that things come up and we plan for that with our policies. We also want you to be aware of them!
Please review the handbook, attendance policy, etc. on our Current Musicians page. We hope you find this helpful.
If you have any further questions, please let us know by emailing us or calling the office at 402-238-2044.