Ozarks Philharmonic Youth Orchestras is a certified 501(c)(3) non-for-profit organization dedicated to developing young musicians through an orchestral curriculum.
Our mission is to provide students at all skill levels opportunities to:
develop strong musicianship skills through rehearsals, sectionals, and coaching.
learn from OPYO faculty, guest artists, and the very best music educators in the area.
collaborate with other youth arts groups in NWA to create unique multimedia arts performances.
challenge themselves with solo, small ensemble, and full orchestra performances in venues across NWA.
be recognized for their accomplishments in OPYO, their school programs, and their private study.
develop a lifelong love of the performing arts through their experience.
Since 1984, over 1,500 young people ranging in age from 8 to 18 have been inspired by their participation in OPYO. Currently, some 100 students gather on Monday evenings to work under the expert guidance of some of NWA's most respected artist-educators. These young musicians represent a rich diversity of ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds, many of whom receive competitive needs and merit based scholarships. OPYO emphasizes cooperation, encouragement and mutual respect in a nurturing, supportive environment. It is our intention to stimulate young people to reach higher and achieve more, both as musicians and as responsible, confident young people.
The Ozarks Philharmonic Youth Orchestras Board of Directors Cheri Cowin, Chair Debby Clay, Treasurer Margaret Bartell Bruce Mulkey Tamera Murphy Paula Henry Chari Cross Manager Sandy Nieves
The Ozarks Philharmonic Youth Orchestras
Ryan Cockerham, Music Director & YSO Conductor Dan Mays, Presto Conductor Jenny Castillo, Andante Conductor Sandy Nieves, OPYO Manager