The Olathe Youth Symphony provides outstanding music education and performance opportunities to young musicians in 6th - 12th grade. Membership and placement are by audition only. Auditions are judged by music specialists to ensure correct placement according to the student's stage of development and musical experience.
To find out which ensemble best fits you, read about our groups below. Specific requirements plus detailed audition information, are found under each group below.
Whether you are new to OYS or a returning member, we look forward to a new season with you!
DIRECTORS: William R. Detrick & Greg Ferguson
The Symphony Orchestra is open to advanced-level string, woodwind, brass and percussion, typically between the ages of 14 and 18. Younger musicians who perform at an advanced level may also audition for this group but only with prior permission from the OYS Directors.
The Symphony rehearses weekly on Mondays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
DIRECTORS: Rachele Jones & Danny Kaul
The Philharmonic Orchestra is open to intermediate string, woodwind, brass, and percussion, typically between the ages of 11 and 14. Musicians seeking membership in this group for the first time are generally entering their 3rd year of school band or orchestra (7th grade) or have completed at least 2 years of private lessons.
The Philharmonic rehearses weekly on Mondays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
A full orchestra is a musical ensemble that includes instruments from all four common instrument families: string, woodwind, brass and percussion. The Olathe Youth Symphony is made up of two full orchestras (Philharmonic and Symphony).
Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings, 6-8pm, from September to mid-April, except for certain holidays. They are held at Olathe South High School, 1640 E. 151st St. Olathe, Kansas.
There are 2 concerts each session, one in early December and one in early April. Concerts are typically held at Olathe South High School, 1640 E. 151st Street Olathe, KS 66062.
The OYS participation fee is $220 per concert season for Philharmonic and Symphony members.
While not required, parent/family support for such things as stage set-up and tear down, stage decorating crew, and music library maintenance is not only greatly appreciated but critical to the success of our organization.
No. Olathe Youth Symphony believes it is important for all of its members to participate in their school music programs, if available, and expects such participation except in cases of unavoidable scheduling conflict. Participation in a school music group not only helps advocate for fine arts education, is important for the development of ensemble and leadership skills which can in turn strengthen the OYS ensembles. OYS ensembles are meant to complement other music instruction and thus enhance musical development; they are not intended to be a replacement for school or private instruction.
No. Private study is not required in order to participate, but it is strongly encouraged. Statistically, students who study privately are more successful performing the challenging music required by OYS members.
Every effort is made to keep OYS tuition accessible; only a fraction of actual program costs are covered by tuition, as it is subsidized by donor and grant funding. However, limited scholarship funds are also available to ensure that no qualified student is turned away from OYS participation due to inability to pay tuition. In order to be considered for OYS tuition assistance or payment plans, applications should be submitted as early as possible, since funds are limited. Please ensure ample time is allowed for processing and decision. **Application for consideration can be completed online HERE. Please submit prior to registration for best consideration.
Add an answer talented musicians in grades 6 through 12 residing within the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area and surrounding region. College students are not eligible. Every student must audition each year regardless of previous OYS participation. Placement is competitive and based on audition score. Students will be judged on tone, intonation, rhythm, technique, musical interpretation and scale proficiency.o this item.
Auditions for the 2023-2024 season are now closed. Please email OYS to inquire about possible openings. Audition information for the 2024-2025 concert season will be available in April 2024. email@example.com
As long as the audition shows a high level of preparation and attention to the appropriateness of their solo, they will be successful. Please ask your school band or orchestra director for help.
$15 per participant. Audition fees are non-refundable.
The participation fee for both the Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras is $220 per concert season. Members will also be required to purchase their own concert uniform.
**Replacement cost of lost music may apply.
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Audition results will be communicated via email the first week of June. Seating will be determined by the first rehearsal in September.
Every effort is made to keep OYS tuition accessible; only a fraction of actual program costs are covered by tuition, as it is subsidized by donor and grant funding. However, limited scholarship funds are also available to ensure that no qualified student is turned away from OYS participation due to inability to pay tuition. In order to be considered for OYS tuition assistance or payment plans, applications should be submitted as early as possible, since funds are limited. Please ensure ample time is allowed for processing and decision. **Application for consideration can be completed online HERE.