Beginning October 5, 2015 and for the rest of the 2015-2016 season, we will be practicing on the Campus of the Arkansas Arts Academy. The address of the new location is 2005 S. 12th St, Rogers, AR 72758. This is the Elementary/Middle School Campus that is off New Hope Rd just off I49.
We will always look back fondly on our years of practicing at Trinity Grace Church, and thank them for their kindness and generosity which allowed us to nurture our love of music and grow. With the blessings of such growth, we found it necessary to look for a new place to practice that could accommodate the acoustic requirements of a full philharmonic orchestra.
The partnership that we are developing with the Arkansas Arts Academy will allow us to meet all of our rehearsal needs and practice in a location designed for students in the arts/music, and give us plenty of space to spread out. Thanks to Jesse Collett for verifying that the space would meet the conductors' needs and to parent Stephanie Summit for introducing us to the campus.
Andante and Presto will meet in the Annex Building on the West Campus in two sound proof choir rooms that are side by side, and YSO will meet on the East Campus in the Cafeteria to start. All practice times will remain the same; Andante 5:30-6:30 pm, Presto 6:00-7:30 pm, and YSO 6:00-8:15 pm.
Hello my name is Chari Cross, and I am excited to take on the role of OPYO Manager! I will be writing this blog (My Cavatina) to share what's going on behind the scenes at OPYO. I have been involved with the arts since studying classical ballet at age 8, have played acoustic guitar, and love to express my artistic vision through photography. I also have a BBA from the University of Michigan, am a General Motors Corporation alum and have two sons in YSO, and one at the U of A. In my free time I enjoy playing in the dirt and creating lasting beauty with the Benton County Master Gardeners which I have done for the past 15 years, writing poetry, and researching my family geneology. The arts have always provided me with nourishment for my soul, and I am filled with gratitude to be able to connect with others who share in this love that transcends the linear aspect of time as well as an amalgam of diverse artisic mediums and cultures, and pass it on!