Welcome to MMYO!!!


Information for our 2020-21 season is posted on the Forms page. 

UPDATE:  Due to Covid-19,

the MMYO 2020-21 Season has been modified.


Our Plan:  We will be offering virtual auditions via video submission (more audition info. TBA) 

We plan to create a full ensemble based on audition results so that MMYO members can be assured of including their acceptance

into MMYO on their portfolios. 

The MMYO season will start as a

String Ensemble ONLY

Due to rehearsal site availability, we will be rehearsing on Wednesday nights this year from 6:30-8:30pm

In the event that we are able to resume our regular full-ensemble season, we will have an

ensemble ready to start. 

Please read our Covid Response

Thank you for your patience and your support of MMYO.

Please see our forms menu for the updated schedule, policies, and fees that have been

modified for this unique season.


Audition Guidelines

   StringsYou should choose a piece that demonstrates your ability to

      shift positions and use vibrato.  Both of those skills are necessary with

      our repertoire.  The Suzuki books have lots of good material for

      audition pieces.

   Winds/PercussionYou should choose a grade 4 - 5 piece that

      demonstrates your advanced technical skill and musicality.


To enhance public school music programs by offering a wonderful opportunity for talented students to come together for the purpose of advancing their music skills by performing major works for orchestra.



School age music students in grades 7-12 (must be 12 years old by 10/15/20) who are members in good standing  of their school orchestra or band (if one exists) are eligible to participate in MMYO.


Selection (in a normal season)

Membership in the MMYO is determined by auditions which are held in October in the Oakland and Farmington areas.



Weekly rehearsals alternate between sites in the Oakland and Farmington areas.



The MMYO season begins in late October.  Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm.


Concerts (in a normal season)

The MMYO season culminates with performances in late February and early March.  Messalonskee Performing Arts Center in Oakland and Mt. Blue High School in Farmington have proven to be excellent concert sites.



MMYO was founded in 1984 under the direction of Dennis Hayes.  Over the years the orchestra has performed many major works by Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary composers.


Tuition (in a normal season)

$75.00 per student or a total of $100.00 per family.  MMYO has an active parent support organization whose volunteer help allows the orchestra to operate with a minimal tuition.