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Q: Why did the music coming out of Brahms's grave sound so awful? 
A: He was decomposing.

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. 

When it comes to Arkansas arts education, we take the teaching and playing of music for youth seriously. But let's remember, it's called ‘playing' music for a reason. Below, you'll see all the playful ways the APO cultivates young talent from around Northwest Arkansas. 

THE ARKANSAS PHILHARMONIC YOUTH ORCHESTRA (APYO)


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.


Who's teaching? 


APYO conductors and coaches come from the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra and the University of Arkansas Department of Music. Expert trainers, these instructors know how to excite and motivate young musicians to make huge progress and celebrate their successes. 

Christy Paxton, Education Director, APYO Chamber COnductorChristy Paxton
Director of Chamber Strings
Anne Paqueno, APYO Sinfonia ConductorAnne PEQUEÑO
Director of Sinfonia Strings
Robin Sumpter, APYO Philharmonica ConductorRobin Sumpter
Director of Overture Strings
Dr. Daniel Abrahams, Assistant Conductor APYO, Winds Conductor, Link Up CoordinatorDr. Daniel Abrahams
Director of Chamber Winds
Kristen Young, APYO Winds Conductor and Charter School Band DirectorKristen Young
Director of Sinfonia Winds

SCHOOL RESIDENCIES


Part of the APO's mandate is to entice young talent to classical music, then empower them through patient training. Students enjoy formal instruction with professional musicians. It's a life changing experience — for both parties! Here are the programs the APO employs or supports. 


LINK UP, SUPPORTED BY CARNEGIE HALL'S WEILL MUSIC INSTITUTE


Local 2nd through 5th graders can attend an APO performance, learn about the music and even sign, dance or play music with us before a live audience! To prepare these small performers for the big day, participating music teachers do Arkansas virtual learning, following a national curriculum, provided by Carnegie Hall. 


OTHER IN-SCHOOL PROGRAMS 


The APO is piloting a Before School Music Program for younger children at Parsons Hill Elementary. We hope to expand the pilot soon. We also offer After School Music Programs for Haas Hall campuses and can help create music programs for your charter or private school. 

Curious educators can contact us at 479-841-4644. In the meantime, these free videos make terrific lessons for young musicians and busy teachers. 

OUR SPONSORS


The APO couldn't continue its vital music programs without the participation and generosity of these local schools and organizations: Haas Hall Academy, Fayetteville Public Schools, Rogers Public School, Siloam Springs Public Schools, Springdale Public Schools, and Bentonville Public Schools.