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Oklahoma Youth Winds (OYW)

Oklahoma Youth Winds (OYW)
***OYW will begin rehearsals in November***

OKYO understands the importance of students fully participating in their school music programs.
Due to the demanding nature of marching band schedules in the Fall semester, OYW will not begin until November. 

Oklahoma Youth Winds (OYW) is a symphonic wind ensemble and is made up of talented high school wind, brass and percussion students.  This wind ensemble experience exposes students to high level wind repertoire. 

Type of Ensemble:  OYW is a symphonic wind ensemble comprised of flute/piccolo, oboe/English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, saxophones (alto, tenor, bari), horns, trumpets, trombones, euphonium, tuba and percussion.
*** OYW begins each season following completion of the Oklahoma marching band season.  Rehearsals start in November and the ensemble will perform at least two concerts per season. ***

Typical OYW Students: While auditions are based on playing level and not age, most students are in grades 8 through 12, with some younger students placed in the ensemble based on audition results. 

Conductor:  Matthew Mailman is the conductor for OYW.  See HERE for more information about Dr. Mailman.

Rehearsals and Performances:  Rehearsals take place each Monday night  November 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.  OYW performs two to three concerts per year, depending on the season.  Most performances take place at the Performing Arts Theatre at Oklahoma City Community College.

Auditions:  Auditions are required for placement in OYW and take place each spring.

2023-24 Membership Dues: OYW Membership Dues are $380, and Special Scholarships are available for those who need assistance. Payment of Membership Dues will be required by November 13


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, music and a pencil to each rehearsal.


"The skills our daughter has learned from this program will take her well into college and beyond, if she so desires. Since her involvement in the OYW, her sight reading skills have greatly improved, as well as her musicianship. Additionally, the friendships she has fostered have made her experience all the more fulfilling." 

-OYW Parent

Dr. Matthew Mailman

OYW is conducted by Dr. Matthew Mailman and Sarah Neely.

OYW meets in the Small Rehearsal Hall at OCU from 7:30pm-9:20pm.


Sarah Neely
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