Want to participate? Stay tuned for auditions in Fall 2024
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.
Fall Auditions are held in August and parent/student orientation is in September.
Spring Auditions are held in December and parent/student orientation is in December.
Rehearsals are Monday evenings from September until March, excluding US holidays.
The Arlene M. Warner Scholarship fund was born from a little girl's dream. Without the resources to fulfill her desire to take piano lessons when she was a child, Arlene encouraged and endorsed each of her five children in their musical interests. That vision spread to her community as she suported young musicians in the APYO over the past decades. In 2022, her stewardship became formal with the creation of the Arlene M. Warner Scholarship Fund providing access to music education for young students no matter their situation.
Mrs. Warner's fund provides resources to young musicians for lessons, instrument acquisition, music camps and special training opportunities. Her fund brings unique opportunities within reach for young musicians who may not be able to participate on their own.
Please consider being a part of this extraordinary vision for the youth of Northwest Arkansas. You, too can make dreams come true.
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.
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.