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.
Concerts are held at the end of each session, typically in early December and early April, at Olathe South High School, 1640 E. 151st Street Olathe, KS 66061.
$185 per concert season for Philharmonic and Symphony members.
No, but parents who volunteer for such things as stage set-up and tear down, stage decorating crew, and music library maintenance are 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.
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.