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This page contains important and detailed information about the Clarksville Youth Orchestra (CYO). Please take the time to read through everything, and refer to it throughout the semester. Suggestions for the orchestra program are welcomed and encouraged. It is through thoughtful feedback that the program will continue to improve and grow.​

AUDITIONS AND SEATING ASSIGNMENT 

The CYO is open to adult community members and invites string students who are currently in private lessons or participating in their school orchestra program to audition. Auditions will determine group placement and seating for each semester. Audition materials for students includes a prepared excerpt, scales and sight-reading. Specific audition details will be available in the Audition tab above, at least two weeks prior to each scheduled audition. 

CRITERIA FOR SECTION ASSIGNMENTS:

We use the following criteria to determine section assignments during the interview session/audition:

We use the following criteria to determine section assignments for continuation throughout each semester:

SCHEDULE

A detailed schedule is available in the "Calendar" tab above and students will receive a printed schedule at the first rehearsal. Reminders about upcoming events will be emailed and updated on this website. All events may be subject to change and it is the students/parents responsibility to check the calendar. Attendance at regular rehearsal and all scheduled performances is required for participation in the orchestra.  

ABSENCES

Please communicate with your conductor at the earliest possible moment if you (or your child) is not able to attend a rehearsal – preferably 24 hours before a rehearsal. Missed rehearsals are not subject for make-up. It is the students’ and parents’ responsibility to learn about the missed rehearsal from the stand partner/section chair. A contact list will be provided.

In the rare case that conductors need to reschedule a rehearsal due to professional engagements, a make-up rehearsal will be scheduled. Students will be notified well in advance. Generally, these make-up rehearsals will be held on Saturdays or Sundays.

COMMUNICATION

We primarily communicate via email. All handouts will be emailed as well and it is the parent’s responsibility to keep up with dates and performance schedule. It is vital that conductors are informed about absences prior to a performance so we can make sufficient re-arrangements. General inquiries can be sent through the "Contact Us" tab on this website or directly to c-yo@apsu.edu. Communication about absences or specific questions and concerns should go directly to directors or coordinators at the contact information provided to you at the first rehearsal. 

PROBLEMS

Parents are encouraged to contact the conductor, director, or coordinator immediately if they perceive problems or have questions. Waiting too long to talk  may make the problem unsolvable. It is not always possible to speak with each other immediately before or after the rehearsal. For general concerns or questions, please use the "Contact Us" tab on this website, or e-mail c-yo@apsu.edu. For specific or sensitive questions or concerns, please feel free to contact a specific director or coordinator by using the contact information provided to you at the first rehearsal. 

PRACTICE 

There is a direct relationship between regular practice and student success. Parents want to help their child establish a regular practice routine - free from distraction, assist with practicing and offer positive reinforcement, especially at the beginning levels. If it is not possible to help directly, just being in the room while the child practices is supportive and encouraging. All parents are more than welcome to sit in on rehearsals.

Students should practice at least four to six days per week. This way, students will have a better chance for successful and positive learning experiences. Practicing for just a few minutes each day of the week is much more beneficial than practicing for many hours on just one day. The most important days to practice are the days before and after the rehearsal. Students are expected to come prepared to rehearsals.

MUSIC, MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

It is essential that each student comes prepared to each rehearsal. Students are responsible to bring and leave ALL (!) rehearsals with the following:

Optional (at home/in case):

PARENT VOLUNTEERS

Parent volunteers are always welcome to help during rehearsals, organize public event performances, set up before/after performances, outings, etc. Any help is always greatly appreciated! To become a parent volunteer, please let us know by using the "Contact Us" tab on this website, e-mailing us at c-yo@apsu.edu, or contacting one of the coordinators directly using the contact information provided to you at the first rehearsal. 

GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

Conduct and Behavior:

All students are expected to demonstrate appropriate conduct and behavior that exhibits respect toward fellow participants, faculty, staff, and property before, during, and after all rehearsals and concerts. If inappropriate behavior and/or conduct is exhibited, the director will contact the student’s parents or guardian to discuss the matter and recommend a course of action.

Cell Phones and Electronic Devices:

The use of cell phones and any other electronic or communication devices is strictly prohibited during any rehearsal.

Bullying:

All orchestra students, coaches, volunteers and employees shall have an environment that is safe, secure and free from bullying of any kind. Bullying will not be tolerated under any circumstances. The orchestra environment is to be encouraging, supportive, and positive. 

Student Drop off/Pick up:

It is expected that students arrive 5-10 min. before rehearsal time begins.  It is the responsibility of the parent to see that each student arrives at and leaves from the teaching space safely. We are not able to supervise students coming or leaving.  

STUDENT RECITALS

Each Fall and Spring semester will conclude with a recital that is open to the public and which serves as our end of the semester performance. If possible, we will seek out other performance opportunities throughout the semester. All students are expected to participate in the student recitals and public events. Dates will be announced at the beginning of each semester and will be available for reference in the "Calendar" tab on this site. Please communicate any scheduling concerns about performance dates immediately. 

Concert Dress:

Our performance dress for concerts/performances is all black. Men will wear long sleeve black shirts, black dress slacks, and black dress shoes. Men will not need a tie. Ladies will wear a long black dress or a long-sleeved black shirt, black slacks, and black shoes.

Festival/Competitions during Spring Semester:

The National Federation of Music Clubs Festivals program is designed to promote study, stimulate interest in American and world music literature, and encourage each participant to reach a high standard of musical achievement. The Festival is not a competitive event, but an opportunity to perform and receive evaluation from a judge. Both orchestras are eligible to participate and prepare a required piece. Memory is not required and there is no additional fee for participation. A separate handout will be provided during rehearsals in January.

RESPONSIBILITIES

 Rehearsals are a learning experience that requires the cooperation of the teacher, parent, and student. To ensure a level of success in each student’s progress, each person involved in the process has specific responsibilities:

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES:

TEACHER RESPONSIBILITIES: