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18 2017

The four orchestras that comprise Oakland Youth Orchestras (OYO) will be performing a wide variety of music including Joust, Fantasy on a Japanese Folksong, King Kong, Zappa Overture, Marche Militaire, and Dvorak’s New World Symphony. For additional details visit OYO Events.

The Fall Concert will feature 11 yr. old Gabriella da Silva, violin, 2017 First Place Solo Competition Winner, String Orchestra.

08 2017

Students interested in auditioning for membership can sign up online beginning August 10th. Interested in learning more about OYO? Visit our Auditions and FAQ pages of the website or Contact Us at today!

04 2017

Auditions for ALL students who would like to be part of OYO in 2017-2018 begin April 22nd – May 21st. Sign up NOW before audition dates fill up by visiting the website. For additional information and questions contact us.

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04 2017

The four orchestras that comprise Oakland Youth Orchestras (OYO) will be performing a wide variety of music including popular favorites such as Music from the Avengers, Nordic Lullaby, Melrose Avenue, and Lord of the Rings, to classic symphony works including Enesco’s Roumanian Rhapsody and Shostakovich Symphony No. 5. For additional details visit OYO Events.

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02 2017

All students aOYO Audition 2017-18 small posternd parents interested in learning more about the Oakland Youth Orchestras are invited to attend the upcoming Open Houses.

Studio String and String Orchestras Open House March 30th 6:30 – 8:30pm 
University Presbyterian Church, 1350 N. Adams Rd. Rochester Hills, MI 48309

Philharmonia and Symphony Orchestras Open House April 20th 7:30 – 9:00pm
Varner Hall, Rms. 110 and 134 Oakland University Campus

There will be an opportunity to see the orchestra rehearsals “in action” and to speak with Conductors and Staff. For more information about the orchestra programs visit or contact Joanne Walle, Executive Director, at


17 2017


Concert poster 2-17The Winter Concert will feature student winners from the 2016 Solo and Concerto Competition. James Holk, 1st place winner of the Philharmonia Solo Competition and Soyoung Cho, 1st place winner of the Teresa Schuster Memorial Award, Symphony Concerto Competition will perform with the Philharmonia and Symphony Orchestras respectively.







Concert repertoire includes:

Studio String
Winter Solstice-Todd Parish
Star of Bethlehem – John Williams/ arr. Robert Longfield
Dance of the Tumblers – Rimsky-Korsakoff/ arr. Dackow

String Orchestra
Scherzo from Symphony #6 Beethoven, arr. Hoffman
Symphony No. 104, First Movement Haydn, arr. McCashin
Bach’s Lunch, Bach, arr. Seidenberg

Overture to Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss II
Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra, 1st mvmt., Ney Rosauro
Casus Belli, Andrew Boysen Jr
Andalusia Suite, Ernesto Lecuona

Carnival Overture, Dvorak
Violin Concerto in D major, 3rd Mvmt., Tchaikovsky
Pictures at an Exhibition, Mussorgsky/art. Tushmalov

15 2016

Make your shopping charitable this year  supporting OYO’s mission of educating and enriching youth through music during the upcoming holidays!


23 2016

madelynn-preece concert-poster-11-16-finalThe Fall Concert will feature 12yr. old, Madelynn Preece, 2016 First Place Solo Competition Winner, String Orchestra as well as our four orchestras.







Performance repertoire includes:

Symphony Orchestra

  • Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G Minor, Johannes Brahms
  • Hungarian Dance No. 4 in F# Minor, Johannes Brahms
  • Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98, Johannes Brahms
  • Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G Minor

Philharmonia Orchestra

  • Hungarian March, Berlioz
  • Dusk, Steven Bryant
  • Carmen suite no 1, Bizet

String Orchestra

  • Danse Bacchanale Saint-Saëns, arr Hoffman.
  • Faeries, Tchaikovsky, arr. Chip Davis, Robert Longfield.
  • Concerto in G Major, Op. 24, 1st Mvt., Reading
  • March of the Resistance, John Williams, arr. Lavender

Studio String Orchestra

  • Creatures – Brian Balmages
  • The Hanging Tree – Jeremiah Fraites arr. Larry Moore
  • The Tell Tale Heart – Michael Story

Tickets are available at the door. Box office opens at 5:45.
$10 Adult, $5 Students, $30 Ticket Quartet Pack

04 2016

Join us on Thursday, October 6th from 4pm – 8pm at Panera Bread, 2508 Adams Rd. Rochester, MI (just south of M-59). Please make sure bring the fundraising flyer with you!


25 2016

Check back in early August for instrument openings and to sign up for an audition at

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