ROCHESTER, MI—July 23, 2018— String, woodwind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists, ages 7-18, who are interested in advancing their musical skills, are invited to audition for membership in Oakland Youth Orchestras (OYO).

Fall audition signup, for the 2018-2019 season, begins August 10, 2018 online at and extends through August 27, 2018. Merit and financial-need scholarships are available.

Auditions will be held at Oakland University’s Varner Hall located at 371 Varner Dr, Rochester, MI on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

For specific instruments needed please check our website regularly for updated information. It is subject to change.

The four orchestras that comprise OYO serve over 350 students in grades two through twelve from Oakland, Genesee, Macomb, Sanilac, St. Clair and Lapeer counties. For details about the orchestras and appropriate skill-levels visit

“OYO has been an amazing opportunity for my daughter to develop her musical talents.  The caliber of students and their musical ability goes above and beyond her high school orchestra which allows her to be challenged and grow. OYO is a first class Detroit-Metro youth organization with highly skilled conductors and I would not hesitate to recommend it anyone.  It truly has the power to bless and change lives through music.”  Tiffany Palmer, OYO parent.   

About Oakland Youth Orchestras

The mission of OYO is to inspire student musicians by providing an exceptional orchestral experience to public, private and home schooled students in a premier orchestra program. 

OYO facilitates student musicians to progress in their music abilities under the tutelage of highly qualified conductors with extensive performance and music education backgrounds. 

OYO also fosters musical enrichment through 3 concerts with over 350 members, chamber opportunities, out-reach recitals, small ensembles, solo performances and competitions.  

Oakland Youth Orchestras has been educating and enriching youth through music since 1975. OYO is a four-tiered orchestra program (Studio String, String, Philharmonia and Symphony Orchestras) serving over 350 students in grades two through twelve.

OYO is supported in part by grants from the Michigan Council of the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as Corporate and Foundational Support from Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance, Kroger, and the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester.

For more information or to schedule an interview with the Executive Director of Oakland Youth Orchestras, contact Joanne Walle, (248) 709-2877 or