Young musicians performing advanced repertoire that will challenge and inspire

Abilene Youth Orchestra –  Spring Auditions

The Abilene Youth Orchestra (AYO) is a full symphony youth orchestra that provides a unique  opportunity for talented young musicians in the Big Country to perform  advanced repertoire that will challenge and inspire.  

The AYO exists for the benefit of young musicians, responds to their needs, and keeps their interest in music education paramount. 

Auditions open for all strings (violin, viola, cello, bass), flute, horn, and percussion. 
Auditions are by video only and are due Friday, January 12th. 
AYO will resume Sunday, January 21, 2024!

Abilene Youth Strings-  Spring Auditions

To bridge the gap between our awesome Mission: Strings programs and the Abilene Youth Orchestra, we are offering a new class for string players ready for a new challenge, but not quite ready for the demands of the advanced AYO repertoire. This class will be taught by McKenzie Rangel who has many years of string education experience! This high energy class will be by audition only, and will help students improve string technique, music literacy, and more advanced sightreading skills.

Auditions open for all strings (violin, viola, cello, bass)
Auditions are by video only and are due Friday, January 12th. 
AYS will resume Sunday, January 21, 2024!

Mission Strings & Mission Strings Pt. II

We will resume Sunday, January 21, 2024!

Nelda Hodges Young Artist Competition

Application Deadline – Thursday, February 29th

MISSION STRINGS: A STRING PREP PROGRAM

Who can join? Mission: Strings?

Anyone in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade who would like to learn how to play an orchestral string instrument (violin, viola, cello, or bass).

Mission: Strings Part II – Anyone in 4th-6th grade with one year experience on a string instrument. 

Registration & Instruments?

Mission: Strings Registration is open!  

Please fill out our registration form to receive information about how to join Mission: Strings

Classes/Performances:

Classes will be held on Sundays, from 2:30PM – 3:15PM for the BEGINNER Mission: Strings Class starting August 27th at the ACU Williams Performing Arts Center.  Mission: Strings Part Two will meet from 3:30pm-4:30pm

A semester showcase will take place during the Abilene Youth Orchestra Concert on November 13th!