Chamber Orchestra is an auditioned string orchestra. These students are generally at the upper-intermediate level of music-making. Chamber Orchestra performs repertoire that focuses on position work, advanced rhythms, bowing techniques and expression.
Type of Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra is an auditioned, strings-only ensemble.
Typical Chamber Orchestra Students: While auditions are based on playing level and not age, most students are in grades 8 through 10, with some younger and older students placed in the ensemble based on audition results.
Conductor: Kristin Geist is the conductor for Chamber Orchestra. See HERE for more information about Ms. Geist.
Rehearsals and Performances: Rehearsals take place each Monday night September through May in the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University. There are periodic breaks scheduled that generally follow the public school academic calendar. Season schedules are made available to families each summer. Chamber Orchestra performs three to four concerts per year, depending on the season. Most performances take place at the Performing Arts Theatre at Oklahoma City Community College.
Each winter, Chamber Orchestra participates in a day-long workshop and clinic with a notable music educator and conductor. This day-long workshop concludes with a performance under the direction of the guest conductor.
Auditions: Auditions are required for placement in Chamber Orchestra and take place each spring.
2022-23 Membership Dues: Chamber Orchestra Membership Dues are $475, and Special Scholarships are available for those who need assistance.
Family Discounts of 15% are also available for households with more than one student participating in OKYO ensembles.
What to Bring to Rehearsal: Students should bring their instruments, necessary accessories, a music stand, music and a pencil to each rehearsal.