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 parent is required to volunteer 3 times or pay the volunteer opt-out fee of $60. It is now time to sign up using the following links!
Sometimes accidents happen.
We need to know what your wishes are concerning a medical emergency. Hopefully we never need to use any of the information, but we’d rather be safe than sorry.
If you have any questions or concerns please call the office: 402-238-2044
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.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
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!
New for the 2017-18 Season
30 days to beginning of the rehearsal season!
Sunday, August 20th Rehearsals Begin!
Youth Symphony, Youth Philharmonic,
Youth Debut Orchestra, Youth Concert Strings
What is new for the Fall 2017 Season?
- 3 Ensembles will rehearse at UNO-Strauss on Sundays!
Youth Symphony and Youth Philharmonic return to UNO and are joined by Youth Debut Orchestra. Youth Concert Strings will still rehearse at Lewis & Clark on Monday evenings.
- Youth Conservatory Orchestra has a NEW name and NEW rehearsal site.
“Youth Conservatory” is now “Youth Debut” Orchestra and will rehearse at UNO-Strauss on Sundays. No rehearsals will be held at Lewis and Clark Middle School on Sunday.
- OAYO Webinars (on-line videos) and Trello Boards (on-line project management tool) will be available tools for volunteers and staff.
We will have online tools and training on getting you the information you need!
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.
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