OYS Ensembles


Randy Detrick and Greg Ferguson, Directors

The Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Randy Detrick and Greg Ferguson, is the flagship ensemble of OYSA. Members perform wide variety of advanced-level and original works from the baroque period through the 21st century. The Symphony is open to advanced-level string, woodwind, brass and percussion, players usually 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 OYSA Musical Director.
*An audition is required for membership into this group.


Rachele Jones and Danny Kaul, Directors

Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Rachele Jones and Danny Kaul, is offered to intermediate-level musicians, usually between the ages of 11 and 14. The orchestra serves as the final stepping-stone for membership in the Symphony Orchestra. The Philharmonic is open to intermediate string, woodwind, brass, and percussion players. Members perform a wide variety of repertoire utilizing intermediate to advanced arrangements. 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.
* An audition is required for membership into this group.


Prelude Strings serves the needs of younger string players, who are currently members of their 6th grade orchestra. The goal of this group is to refine and build upon musical skills necessary to prepare members for entrance into the Philharmonic Orchestra. Students are introduced to a variety of orchestral techniques including following more subtle and refined cues from a conductor; playing without a conductor; understanding and executing more refined and varied bow-distribution, dynamics, tone colors; and expanding knowledge of a variety of key signatures. The typical grade level of the Prelude Strings is 6th grade but younger students with appropriate experience may apply.

The Prelude Strings meets only during the 2nd semester of the Olathe Youth Symphony Association’s concert season (January – April). A typical season for Prelude Strings includes approximately 10 rehearsals beginning the second Monday in January and concluding with a concert performance on the second Sunday in April. Rehearsals are scheduled on Monday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Olathe South High School.

Auditions are not required for membership in the Prelude Strings ensemble, however, a teacher recommendation from the student’s orchestra director is required. During the months of November and December students will have the opportunity to sign-up. An application form will be available on our web-site by November 1st. Those qualifying for this group will be assessed a $80 participation fee payable prior to January 1st. Scholarships based on financial need are available.