Sistema Tulsa is an extraordinary opportunity learn, grow, and have a great musical experience.”

— Sistema student, age 16


2019-2020 Registration is OPEN

The Sistema Tulsa Community Youth Orchestra (STCYO) is a symphonic ensemble comprised of high-school age students representing many of the Tulsa Public Schools and students from across the Tulsa Region. A focus of the CYO is to improve musical skills, build community, and grow as leaders. Program begins after LABOR DAY. 

Each student in Sistema Tulsa benefits from the support of skilled teachers who nurture a joyful learning community.  High School students meet on Thursdays to form a symphonic ensemble (strings, woodwind, brass and percussion) from 5:30-7:30 PM throughout the 2019-2020 academic year. This is a rigorous, encouraging and high-quality FREE program with local and statewide recognition. Challenging repertoire, technique building workshops and numerous  performance opportunities are available to motivated students wishing to excel. Placement auditions held before program start.

A summer camp experience is also available June 17-21 from 2-5 p.m. 

Who can apply?
Any Tulsa-area musician at least 3-4 years of instrumental experience.

How much does it cost? 
Our programs are tuition-free. Students provide their own instruments and transportation to the site. If you are a student at Tulsa Public Schools, you may request to borrow an instrument from your school. 

When does the CYO meet? 
Every Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 1301 S. Boston Avenue (Jubilee Entrance). 

Who teaches rehearsals?
Our Sistema Tulsa Director, Jose Luis Hernandez, together with program faculty Debra Morgan (Tulsa Symphony) and Kelsey Rooney-Dorst (Sistema Tulsa) lead the rehearsals. From time to time, we invite guest conductors and renowned teachers to work with the orchestra. 

What does a typical rehearsal look and sound like? 
We typically begin with sectional and technique building work and end the session with a full orchestra rehearsal.  We gather for a short break where snacks are served. 

What is the application process? 

  1. Students/Guardians fill out an application form online
  2. Our staff schedules placement auditions on a designated time or each Thursday 30 minutes prior to our full rehearsal.  Students should prepare a short solo or excerpt of their choosing that exemplifies their most current playing level (4 minutes max). 
  3. Students/Guardians receive a handbook, calendar, and sign release forms.