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HOW TO JOIN AN ENSEMBLE 
FOR NEW FAMILIES

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 by July 15.

 

2. Watch your mail and email in mid August 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 tuition cost. Please keep in mind we fundraise all year long to provide financial aid and every family who requests aid receives it - 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 elizabeth@okyomusic.org to share your concerns. We help families every year with carpools, financial aid, 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 tuition in full, set up a payment plan, or request financial aid. 

Here's a look at our 2021-22 Season OKYO Ensembles:

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 | Guitar | Piano and Harp

When you are ready to submit your video, use the form at the bottom of our Join page.

 

If you have more questions about the audition and placement process you can visit our Join page or contact Elizabeth Venegas, our Program Manager in charge of Students and Families.

Students with questions about auditioning on Percussion may contact our Percussion Co-Coordinators: Alex McDaniel and Zane Berglan.