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Oklahoma Youth Orchestras Announces Upcoming Opportunities for Students

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Auditions for the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras 2016 Summer Symphony Strings Camp are approaching quickly. Public, private and homeschool students in grades 6-12 are invited to audition May 21-23 at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University. 

Auditions consist of both a scale and solo piece of the student’s choosing. More information on audition requirements and registration can be found here. Audition spaces are limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligibility requirements include participation in the student's school instrumental music program where available.

The string camp registration deadline for elementary and middle school string players is June 1. 

Five auditioned ensembles are supported by the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras and rehearse Monday evenings throughout the school year at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University. Both the organization’s flagship ensemble the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra and Oklahoma Youth Philharmonic offer high school age students a full-orchestra experience performing repertoire by both classical and modern composers.

Students interested in a band experience can join the Oklahoma Youth Winds conducted by Oklahoma City University Conducting Professor Dr. Matthew Mailman. The Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonia are string orchestras developed for younger musicians that focus on instrumental technique and musicianship. 

The Summer Symphony Strings Camp returns for its second season June 20-June 24, 2016 downtown at John Rex Elementary. The week-long day camp is open to both current and new students throughout the state and ends with a free concert for the community. 

Students who play violin, viola, cello and double bass who are currently in grades 5 through 8 with at least one year experience are welcome to register. There is no audition, however students will have a short hearing at the beginning of camp for orchestra placement. Tuition for the camp is $245. More information is available online at www.oyomusic.org/summer

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