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 Curtis Hansen, who will be taking up the baton for the Presto ensemble. He hails from Fort Smith School District where he is orchestra director at Northside High School. He will bring energy and creative ideas to the Presto ensemble. Read Curtis' full bio here.
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.