Armstrong Youth Orchestra (AYO)

The Armstrong Youth Orchestra (AYO) is is a full-scale symphonic orchestra for advanced level music students. AYO performs standard classical orchestral repertoire at a graded Level 5-6 in the state of Georgia.

We strongly recommend that students playing at this advanced level should be studying with a private instructor. If you are new to the area, we will be happy to help you find an instructor.

AYO Required Concert Attire  Audition Requirements By Instrument

The Armstrong Youth Orchestra (AYO) rehearsals are on SUNDAY afternoons at 2:15 till 4:30 in the GSU Fine Arts Band Room of the Armstrong Campus. There will also be several weeks when the ensemble will break into sectionals – those locations will be announced in advance and posted in the lobby. Musicians should arrive no later than 2 p.m. to tune and get set up.

Rehearsal Schedule for the Fall 2019 Semester:

  • September 8: First Rehearsal Canceled
  • September 15: Regular Rehearsal
  • September 22: Regular Rehearsal
  • September 29: Regular Rehearsal & Final due date for T-shirts
  • October 6: Regular Rehearsal Canceled
  • October 10: EXTRA THURSDAY Rehearsal 6:30-8:30
  • October 13: Regular Rehearsal
  • October 20: Regular Rehearsal
  • October 27: Regular Rehearsal
  • November 3: Regular Rehearsal
  • November 7: Extra THURSDAY Rehearsal
  • November 10: Regular Rehearsal
  • November 14: Extra THURSDAY Rehearsal
  • November 17: Regular Rehearsal
  • November 22: AYO Dress Rehearsal 6:30 – 8:30
  • Sunday, November 24: Fall Concert @ 3 p.m. (Warm-up rehearsal at 2 p.m.)

Spring 2020: Important Dates for AYO

Regular Sundays are not listed here. These are special dates added or swapped to accommodate scheduling conflicts, such as Easter, Spring Break, Senior-bash, Prom, etc.

  • January 18: Sr. Concerto Competition
  • January 19: First Rehearsal
  • March 11: Wednesday Rehearsal
  • March 15 and 22: Spring Break – NO Rehearsal
  • March 26: Thursday Rehearsal
  • March 29: Regular Rehearsal
  • April 9: Thursday Rehearsal
  • April 12: NO Rehearsal (Easter)
  • April 16: Thursday Rehearsal
  • April 23: Thursday Rehearsal
  • May 1: Thursday DRESS REHEARSAL
  • May 4: Pending Spring Concert (Fine Arts Auditorium) @ 6:30 p.m.