Prospective New Members
Membership in AYO is open to all interested orchestra students from throughout the central Texas area – public school, private school, charter school, and homeschool – and will be determined by the audition process. Students from schools with orchestra programs must be a member in their school orchestra.
If qualified for the AYO program, there is a $125.00 per semester tuition fee for each participating member. In return for this nominal fee, members will receive comprehensive and intensive orchestral instruction, including regular performances at various venues of the highest quality of literature.
Rehearsals for the seven orchestras are held weekly on Monday evenings at the locations/times indicated below:
Prelude Orchestra – Austin High School, 7:00-8:00 PM (Beginning Spring Semester)
Concertante Orchestra – O. Henry Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM (full-year)
Intermezzo Orchestra – O. Henry Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM
Camerata Orchestra – O. Henry Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM
Sinfonietta Orchestra – O. Henry Middle School, 7:15-8:30 PM
Philharmonic Orchestra – Austin High School, 7:00-9:00 PM
Symphony Orchestra – Austin High School, 7:00-9:00 PM
Winds and percussion for the Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra are selected/invited for AYO membership (not auditioned by AYO) based upon the results of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region Orchestra auditions.
The AYO program was established in 1993 to enhance orchestral music education in the central Texas area. Orchestra students of all ages are encouraged to audition for the AYO program because membership in these musical organizations will be an enriching, rewarding, and enjoyable experience.
For additional information, contact the AYO administrative staff: