• Who is Eligibile?

    If you’re an early elementary through high school student for the upcoming orchestra season, and you are currently active in your school music program (as they exist), you are eligible to audition. Musicians accepted into OYO are expected to remain active in their school music programs. It is strongly suggested that OYO students take private lessons to promote musical growth.

    OYO Rehearsal Schedule

    Each orchestra meets once a week on Thursday evenings in Rochester Hills, Michigan to rehearse. More specifically,

    • Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras generally rehearse at Varner Hall (Oakland University) from 7:15pm-9:15pm.
    • String Orchestra rehearses 7:00pm-8:45pm at University Presbyterian Church (minutes from Oakland University)
    • Studio String Orchestra students choose one of two offered rehearsal times: 5:15 – 6:45 or 7:15 – 8:45 pm at University Presbyterian Church

    * All rehearsal locations provide accommodations for disabled students. For additional information please speak to an OYO representative.

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Studio String students
    $300 a year; $25 is non-refundable after August 30th.

    For all other student levels:
    $350 a year; $25 is non refundable after August 30th.

    Tuition may be paid using our flexible payment plan. Contact us to make arrangements.
    Financial Aid is available in multiple forms.

    How do I join?

    Auditions allow us to create the best conditions for learning and to maintain our standards of excellence. All current and prospective members of OYO must audition. Main auditions are generally held mid-April through May each year. Auditions for select instruments to fill vacancies are also held in August.