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Oklahoma Youth Winds (OYW)

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. ***

OYW is conducted by 

Dr. Matthew Mailman and Ms. Sarah Neely

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

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Rehearsals & Performances

Rehearsals take place each Monday night November 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. 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 are required for placement in Oklahoma Youth Winds and take place each spring. 

Membership Dues

2024-25 OYW Membership Dues are $390, 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 November 10, 2024.


"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

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