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Auditions and Placement

If you do not wish to submit an audition, we have 3 additional ensemble offerings to choose from!

Click on an ensemble below to learn more!

| Festival Strings | Festival Winds | Studio Rockestra |

OKYO is different from school ensembles where often your age or grade automatically determines what ensemble you join. All OKYO students audition every year (we want you to grow more comfortable and confident with this integral part of being a musician) and are placed primarily by skill level demonstrated during your audition, within the overall pool of auditioning students on your instrument.


For example, a 14-year old violist who has taken private lessons for three years might place into Oklahoma Youth Philharmonic, while a cellist the same age who doesn't yet take private lessons might place into Sinfonia.

Here's more detail on the process so you know what to expect: 


1. Send in an Audition video. The 2023-24 season audition window is now closed. Still want to join? Email us HERE.


2. Watch your mailbox for your Placement results. Your Placement results are which ensemble you have placed into, including who is the conductor, when and where your rehearsals are, and that ensemble's membership dues. Please keep in mind we fundraise all year long to provide special scholarships and every family who applies receives one- please do not let the cost deter you from joining OKYO!


There is no obligation to accept your placement and join OKYO - but PLEASE CONTACT US FIRST at to share your concerns. We help families every year with carpools, special scholarships, etc. Everyone at OKYO is passionate about students excelling through music and we want to remove any access barriers for you and your family.


3. Your Placement notification will include your instructions to register and either pay membership dues in full, set up a payment plan, or request a special scholarship. 

More info on our 2023-24 Season OKYO Ensembles can be found HERE.

Audition requirements differ by instrument, and are flexible to accommodate different skill levels. Select from your instrument group below to view the audition requirements.

Strings | Woodwinds and Brass | Percussion | Piano and Harp

If you have more questions about the audition and placement process, contact Maria Marcos, our Program Manager in charge of Students and Families.

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