Looking for a challenging and enriching musical experience? Come join OPYO! Students ages 8 to 22 are welcome to join OPYO to play in one of our orchestras. We offer beginner and intermediate string orchestras, as well as an advanced full orchestra for strings, winds, brass, and percussion instrumentalists. The advanced group plays college and professional level music.
If you would like to join OPYO, please visit our audition page for information, and then register online. Auditions will be held Monday, January 7, at 6:00pm at Arkansas Arts Academy, 506 W. Poplar, Rogers, AR. Rehearsals resume in the spring with new repertoire on Monday, January 14 at the same time and place.
Contact Anne McLaughlin for more information.
As the winter storm Diego has decided to spare us this weekend in the Rogers/Bentonville area, we are planning to keep our concert as planned for Saturday, December 8, at 4:00pm at Arkansas Arts Academy. Plus, our beginner musicians will perform at 11:30am at Bradford House Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
The program includes Schubert's Unfinished Symphony, Strauss' Emperor Waltz, a few dances, and of course lots of holiday favorites!
We will be accepting new members for the spring semester. Auditions will be held Monday, January 7, 2019. Please click here to register to audition, or contact us for more information.
We have a lot of exciting things planned for this coming season that you won’t want to miss! New this year, we are extending our invitation to include college students at our top level ensemble in order to give students in that age range a chance to continue their musical experience. We offer a full orchestra with college and professional level musical selections at our top ensemble (YSO), and beginner (Andante) and intermediate (Presto) string ensembles for those students who are just starting out or are preparing for higher level playing.
We invite all members, returning and new, to register by clicking the Register button below. Please plan to audition if you are:
2018-2019 Season Highlights Include:
• Winter and Spring Concerts
• Student Recital (solos/small ensembles)
• Community Outreach Concert
• Performance at Día de los Niños Festival at Crystal Bridges
• Concerto Competition
• Working with guest artists
New Rehearsal Space
We will continue rehearsing on Monday evenings @ 6pm starting Sept. 10 at our new rehearsal location, the Arkansas Arts Academy (7-12 Campus), located at 506 W Poplar St., Rogers, AR 72756. We would like to thank AAA for their generosity in hosting OPYO this season, and we look forward to our partnership with them! We can't wait to check out their brand new space.
Introducing Our New Conducting Staff
OPYO is pleased to announce a new line-up of conducting staff this season. Dan Mays, who conducted the Presto ensemble last season, is moving into the YSO ensemble conducting position, and we look forward to his enthusiasm and expert teaching skills at the top level orchestra. Read Dan's full bio here.
We welcome Jerry Lane, assisted by Greta Lane, who will be taking up the baton for the Presto ensemble. The Lanes have retired from the Rogers school district, and remain active in the music scene of Northwest Arkansas. They will bring energy and creative ideas to the Presto ensemble.
We also welcome Krista Mays, who will be leading the Andante ensemble this season. She currently teaches orchestra to 6th and 7th graders in the Bentonville School District. Read Krista's full bio here.