available most school years - but NOT in the 2020-2021 school year

Athens Youth Chorus 
Melanie Horne, director

The Athens Youth Chorus (formerly the Athens Children's Chorus) is a performance ensemble, which focuses on healthy and expressive singing habits, rehearsal and performance techniques, and music reading skills.  The ensemble performs 2- and 3-part songs, partner songs, and canons at various concerts throughout the year including a children’s chorus festival.  Students learn musical concepts by singing quality music appropriate to the child voice from a variety of periods and a wide range of styles and cultures.


Apprentices - for children in grades 3-5; non-auditioned; Fall and Spring; meets 6:30-7:45pm on Thursdays in room 494, Glidden Hall.


Advanced Ensemble - for children in grades 6-9; audition required; Fall and Spring; meets 7-8:30pm on Thursdays in room 494, Glidden Hall.

Tuition is $200 for the school year.

Continuing students only this spring.


Cadet Strings 

Daniel Mullins, director

The Cadet Strings group focuses on developing individual string technique as well as group performance skills. One concert will be presented per semester. Most music is provided, however, the purchase of a book is possible. Students must provide their own instruments.


This group is for elementary and middle school students who can read music; Fall and Spring; meets 5:00-6:00 for beginners and 6:00-7:00 for more advanced students.

Tuesdays in Glidden Hall 561.


Tuition is $100 per semester.

Campus Orchestra
Dr. José Rocha, director

The Campus Orchestra is intended for intermediate to advanced players of orchestral stringed instruments and is open to all members of the community. Participants may register for OU credit (MUS 2521/5521).


For more information, contact Dr. José Rocha at rocha@ohio.edu.

Piano Ensemble Project

Laura Silva, director

Join the piano orchestra!  

This group aims to promote collaborative music making in young piano students. Orchestral scores are arranged for piano at varying levels, both in terms of difficulty and number of performers.  Each pianist’s part represents a different section of the orchestra, and percussionists play the symphonic repertoire with the ensemble!  This targets many musical skills, including rhythmic accuracy, following a conductor, sight reading, artistic interpretation, and aural skills.  This unique model of chamber music keeps students motivated and engaged while offering a team atmosphere that they can enjoy.  The rehearsals and onstage performing experience also provide psychosocial enrichment for the children and teenagers involved. Students must be able to read music at the piano. 


1st-4th graders - Thursdays 5:00-6:00 p.m.

5th-8th graders - Mondays 6:00-7:00 p.m. 

Tuition is $100 per semester.