Attire for Girls: Black dress or black skirt (below the knee) or dress slacks, black nylons/tights, and black shoes.
Attire for Boys: Dark sport- or suit-jacket, long-sleeve black shirt, black bow tie, black slacks, black socks and black shoes.
Punctuality - CYO members should be in the rehearsal room, with instruments tuned, fifteen minutes before the start of rehearsal. Musicians should have the current music in their folders and on their stands. Please have extra instrument supplies in your case (strings, reeds, mutes, etc.). Rehearsal time is valuable. Tardiness and early dismissals from rehearsal are disruptive. Excessive tardiness and/or early dismissals (any combination of three occurrences) is considered a form of absence and noted as such in the musician’s record. If a musician must leave rehearsal early, he/she must notify the CYO management prior to the time of departure.
School Music Programs - CYO musicians are expected to participate in their school’s music program, where available. The youth orchestras are considered extracurricular and are not intended to replace components of any school’s music curriculum. School music directors are the sponsors for all district and statewide events. In the event that a student has a legitimate schedule conflict and cannot participate in their school program, an exemption may be sought through the school music director or conductor.
Scheduling Conflicts with School Concerts - Musicians should compare the CYO calendar with their school calendars as soon as they receive them, and notify the CYO Manager in writing of any potential conflicts. When a musician faces a scheduling conflict between a CYO commitment and a school concert commitment, the CYO musician is expected to honor the school concert commitment. Other extracurricular activities, appointments, college tours, and musical endeavors should be scheduled for times that do not conflict with CYO commitments.
Family Involvement/Volunteering - Families are important partners in their musician’s participation and development. There are many opportunities to be involved such as fundraising, manning information tables and merchandise sales, promotion of concerts, etc.