Join us as we employ orchestral music as a means to lift our community and our youth! OAYO is the only ensemble-based music education program of its kind. Encompassing over 21 school districts & home-schoolers, OAYO runs comprehensive, tiered programming for orchestral and chamber music education. One in three musicians receive need-based tuition support. We serve as an inter-connected part of a foundational circle of schools, music educators and professional musicians.
for teaching Civic Engagement...Our Communities...Our Music...Our Future.
I learned through my experience playing in OAYO and other ensembles that being involved in music keeps one involved in the community, and brings together all different types of people to create beautiful works of art. I think that playing in a musical ensemble makes an entire group of people equal and removes everyone participating from any predispositions about whom they might be. Playing music creates an environment of absolute equality…
Patrick N., Trumpet, OAYO and Central High School Alumni, 2014
A.C., Age 11, Bass, Youth Conservatory Orchestra: OAYO helped me learn my notes more. It gave me confidence to help my classmates learn their notes.
M.A., Age 11, Violin II, Youth Chamber Strings: My favorite thing about OAYO last year was the music…we play music that make me try harder and makes me more persistent.
A. S-W., Age 9, Cello, Youth Chamber Strings: I enjoyed Prelude Strings because I made lots of friends. There was a girl I went to school with and I didn't make friends with her until OAYO.
H.R., Age 12, Violin, Youth Conservatory Orchestra: …it inspires me to be adventurous and let me both play and experience music I didn't think I could ever do. I learned to soar, I learned to be challenged and cope with it…Orchestra has changed my life.