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Oklahoma Youth Philharmonic (OYP)

Oklahoma Youth Philharmonic (OYP) is a full orchestra and is made up of students who have typically never played in a full orchestra. These students are generally at the upper-intermediate and lower-advanced levels of music-making. OYP works on acclimating musicians to the full orchestra setting while also working on ensemble balance, intonation and achieving a high level of musical integrity. Repertoire includes many standard masterworks, expertly arranged educational compositions and contemporary pieces.


Type of Ensemble

OYP is a full symphonic orchestra including strings, winds, brass and percussion.

*** OYP begins each season as a strings-only ensemble in order to work on string skills and technique. Winds, brass and percussion students are  added in early November for the final two performances of the season. Membership dues for these students is pro-rated.  ***

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The conductor of OYP is

Dr. Charlene Dell

OYP meets at OCU in the Small Rehearsal Hall from 5:30pm-7:20pm.

Rehearsals & Performances

Rehearsals take place each Monday night September through May in the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University. Students should bring their instrument(s), necessary accessories, a music stand, music, and a pencil to each rehearsal. There are periodic breaks scheduled that generally follow the public school academic calendar.  Season schedules are made available to families each summer. Oklahoma Youth Philharmonic 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.


Auditions are required for placement in OYP and take place in the spring.

Membership Dues

2024-25 OYP Membership Dues are $555 for Strings and $390 for Winds and Brass (prorated due to later start), 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.   

Payment of Membership Dues is required by September 9, 2024.

Payment of Membership Dues for OYP Winds and Brass is required by November 10, 2024.

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