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2018-2019 Placement Auditions

Schedule your appointment TODAY!

Experience weekly rehearsals with professional conductors and teaching artists and performances on the Washington Center stage.  This and much more, including music theory and history add to a challenging opportunity afforded to young musicians in the South Sound area.

Call SOGO’s office at 360-352-1438 for a placement audition time.  There is a $45 non-refundable fee charged for the audition ($35 during May 2018).

Tuition:  $450 – Debut Orchestra, $475 – Academy Orchestra, and $550 – Conservatory Orchestra for a full season.  Musicians placed after the first concert pay 70% and after the second concert 40% of the full tuition fee.

For information about the placement audition process, go to our Join SOGO page.

New Music Director and Conductor Announced

“As a northwest native, I am beyond delight to be returning ‘home’ to join the SOGO team and find my place in Olympia’s musical community. My top priority as Music Director is an always-fulfilling musical experience, and I am eager to discover how we can all work together most effectively to achieve that.” ~ Cameron May

Cameron May
Music Director & Conductor beginning 2018-2019 season

Cameron May joins SOGO as Music Director and Conductor of the Conservatory Orchestra beginning with the 2018-19 season. Though a native of Portland, Oregon, Cameron comes to Olympia from Champaign, Illinois, where he is finishing a graduate degree in orchestral conducting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the tutelage of Donald Schleicher. At Illinois, Cameron is Music Director of the Illini Strings and a graduate teaching assistant in the orchestral conducting department. A strong advocate of collaboration in the musical arts, Cameron led the University of Illinois Philharmonia in a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto, Op. 15, with internationally-renowned Beethoven scholar and performer William Kinderman in February, 2018. In April, he will bring together the Illini Strings, Illini Women and University Chorus, as well as combining the Illini Strings and Philharmonia for a large-scale performance of Barber’s Adagio for Strings. Cameron has conducted performances or premieres of works by several contemporary composers, including Morgan Denney, Carolyn Quick, Steffen Schmidt, and Stephen Andrew Taylor. (more…)

Beat Beethoven!

Beat Beethoven’s 5K Run & Walk is Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 9:00 AM starting at Heritage Park at Capitol Lake, Olympia Washington.

Besides having fun and supporting the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia, the goal of the race is to BEAT BEETHOVEN!!! The race will start with the downbeat of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and we’ll be cheering for you to cross the finish line before the Symphony ends – approximately 31 minutes!  All are welcome! Bring your friends, family, and fellow music lovers. This race is for all different speeds, ages, shapes, and sizes!

Information and Registration

REHEARSAL: 5pm – 7:15pm
Advanced musicians (high school – college)
Mr. May, Music Director & Conductor

REHEARSAL:  4:30 – 5:15pm
Members of the Conservatory Orchestra
Mr. Allison, Conductor
Ms. Ward, Assist. Conductor

REHEARSAL:  3pm – 4:45pm
Intermediate (middle to early high school)
Mr. Allison, Artistic Director & Conductor

REHEARSAL:  3pm – 4:45pm
Two years experience – early middle school
Jennifer Marin & Travis Sipher, Conductors