The Olathe Youth Symphony (OYS) fosters advanced level musical opportunities for talented young musicians in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Empowering lives through music!
OYS – STUDENT BENEFITS
In the spring of 1992, leading members of the Olathe community developed a master plan to provide advanced musical opportunities for its young, talented musicians. The formation of a youth symphony within the southern Johnson county area was the highest priority within this master plan. With non-profit 501 (c) (3) status, a staff of dedicated music educators, and an energetic Board of Directors, the OYS had put into place the structure needed for success. The OYS debuted with the Heart to Heart International organization at Yardley Hall in November of 1993 and held their inaugural concert in December of 1993!
During the first four years, the Symphony Orchestra was formed. This group consisted of one full symphonic orchestra of approximately 75 members. During the fifth year, the Philharmonic Orchestra was formed to meet the needs of younger musicians.
Today, the Olathe Youth Symphony is celebrating it's 28th year, has grown to over 200 members, and is recognized as one of the finest youth-centered music programs in the Kansas City area. The Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras, rehearse on Monday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, and perform two to three times per concert season (mid-September to early-April).
DIRECTORS PAST & PRESENT
William R. Detrick, 1993-present
Gregory Ferguson, 1993-present
Danny Kaul, 2009-present
Rachele Jones, 2010-present
Lori McDermott, 2007-2010
John Hepford, 2007-2009
Russ Pieken, 1997-
Joel Martin, 1997-2003
Page Mitchum, 2018
Dr. Chris Kusek, 2017
Dr. Alison Banikowski, President
Martha Gabel, Vice President
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Sang Lee
Dr. Earl Martin
Dr. Tes Mehring
DIR. ADMIN. ACTIVITIES
Don't miss a beat! Join our email list.
Sign up for text updates from OYS!
This will be used to send important reminders and updates to members and parents.
Text @oysymphony to the number 81010.