To make sure you have a successful year…

Please look over our rehearsal format and etiquette guide.

Preparation and rehearsal planning

At CVYO, we do not sight-read at rehearsal. You are expected to arrive to the first rehearsal with a working knowledge of the semester’s repertoire. Each week, you will receive an e-mail with the rehearsal plan for the following week. You are expected to polish a reasonable amount of material in preparation of next week’s rehearsal.

Each musician is expected to arrive with their instrument in working order, with all their music printed, and a pencil to take notes with.

Check out our short video on rehearsal etiquette below.

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Each musician is responsible for checking in with the front desk upon arrival, and is expected to be in their seat with their instrument tuned at the beginning of rehearsal. Late arrivals or absences are recorded and will affect placement at auditions. 

maximum of 3 absences are allowed per semester without impacting future placement. Principal players are asked to limit their absences to 3 per year.

Absences must be submitted by filling out a “Report an Absence” form.

Attendance at dress rehearsals and performances of your ensemble are mandatory.

While it is to be expected that CVYO musicians have other pursuits and commitments, we request that musicians communicate their CVYO commitments to others and maintain attendance standards.

Proficiency and grading

We want to make sure each musician has a clear understanding of their path to success. Each year, we make grading and feedback information available to each musician so they can make sure their own goals are being met. Proficiency grades are affected by audition and rehearsal performance, and attendance.

Check out more information on our promotion philosophy and proficiency guidelines below.

conduct at rehearsals and concerts

Musicians are expected to treat their colleagues and conductors with respect and kindness.

During rehearsals, talking is restricted to working conversation between the conductor and principal players. All other conversation should be reserved for before and after rehearsal out of respect for the hard work of your colleagues.

Musicians are asked to stay for the entire length of any concert they participate in out of respect for their colleagues. Musicians from younger ensembles are highly encouraged to come to every performance of higher ensembles to absorb the level of playing they aspire to.

personal development

CVYO requires each musician to study solo repertoire with a private teacher outside of orchestra. Studying with a master teacher is where the greatest refinement of technique and musicality will occur. Please see our list of distinguished teachers if you need a recommendation.

We also highly encourage students to continue contributing to their school ensembles as leaders in their schools and communities.

Drop off, pick up, and emergencies

Please be prompt in dropping off and picking up your musician, especially after dark.

In case of an emergency, musicians will be safely gathered in a meeting area and parents will be contacted. Each musician will check out with a conductor or staff member before being leaving.