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Join the Arkansas Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (APYO)

Been taking lessons for over a year? Ready to play with others and make some bigger music? 

Grab your instrument and join the APYO! Make new friends in NWA's exciting arts scene. 

Auditions and parent/student orientation in September for Fall then Monday evening rehearsals from September until March, excluding holidays (Between Thanksgiving and New Year's)


Fall 2024 auditions will be held in August. Follow APYO on Instagram for updates.

Questions? Email 



FALL 2024

August 17, 2024 

August 24, 2024




December, 2024



Mondays, 7:00-8:30pm beginning September 9, 2024.


September, 2024



November 9, 2024






If you're old enough to play, you're old enough to play with APYO.



In Person






Haas Hall participants 

$200 additional fee/year


Scholarships Available


The Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra (APO) team believes in making classical music fun and educational for local young people. We do that by teaching those who are keen to learn and by making it accessible for others who may be even just a little curious.The APYO is a full Arkansas youth orchestra with music instruction and performances for its players. APYO students develop strong musical foundations and discipline. 'Play' is a big idea. Our players learn to express themselves through music. They grow into confident individuals, developing deep friendships in the process.  
Classes vary based on student's level and areas of interest as they rehearse for the concerts in November and March.


 Students will be sorted into either the Philharmonic or Symphonic Orchestra

Philharmonic Orchestra: The Philharmonic Orchestra is an intermediate level full symphonic orchestra designed to provide students with an introduction to large orchestral playing and is conducted by APYO Conductor Robin Sumpter.  Members of the Philharmonic Orchestra receive group and individual coaching which enables them to build solid fundamental technical and musical skills.  The Philharmonic Orchestra performs two concerts annually in conjunction with the Symphonic Orchestra ensemble

Symphonic Orchestra: The Symphonic Orchestra is the most advanced of our ensembles.  The Symphonic Orchestra challenges students through sophisticated symphonic repertoire and is offered for musicians whose auditions showed a high level of musicality and advanced technical skills.  The Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by the APYO Music Education Lead, Er-Gene Kahng, and performs two to four concerts per season, including one Side-by-Side concert with the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra.  Students receive regular professional coaching throughout the season, including sectionals for strings, winds, brass, and percussion.  

Frequently Asked Questions:


Who: School-aged youth who'll practice and attend regularly

What: Classes vary based on student's level and areas of interest as they rehearse for the concerts in November and March. Students will be sorted into either the Philharmonic or Symphonic Orchestra

When: Auditions and mandatory parent/student orientation in September — then Monday evening rehearsals September till March except holidays 

How: Classes vary based on student's level, to provide most appropriate instruction 


What is Haas Hall? We now offer an asynchronous online program for All Region prep and compulsory involvement in the APYO program for ensemble experience. Haas scholars will need to complete online assignments and participate in APYO for the two 8-week terms and their concerts in order to participate in All Region. 




Meet the APYO Conductors

spring 2024 auditionS are now closed

Fall 2024 auditions will be held in August. Follow APYO on Instagram for updates.

Questions? Email 



Arlene Warner has been an evangelist for the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra for many years, encouraging anyone who will listen to attend APO concerts, often buying tickets to share. Her generous and enthusiastic spirit is an invaluable gift to the arts community in Northwest Arkansas.   The Arlene M. Warner Music Scholarship Fund creates opportunities for students to explore music and support the development of musical skills. 


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