2020-2021 COVID/Rehearsal and Concert Updates

Thank you for your patience as CYSO has been figuring out new protocols and policies given the world we now find ourselves in. Please know, everything we can do within state guidelines to provide a meaningful and fun musical experience, we will do! While we do not have the answers to everything, we thought it prudent to share with you what we know and what we don't yet know in the hopes you will find it helpful and reassuring.


To start, we would like to answer some frequently asked questions we have received in the last few months.


  • Will CYSO be starting in the fall? Yes! CYSO will be starting Monday September 21st with our first rehearsal at our usual venue, Colorado's Finest High School of Choice in Englewood. Chair tests will be sent in by video via email and due the Monday before on September 14th. There will be no mandatory parent meeting. All parent information will be sent by email and available on our website. 


  • What happens if there is a second wave of the virus? In the event of a second wave of the virus, CYSO has online content ready to go to our CYSO musicians. We will offer a variety of choices such as improvisation workshop, music theory, improving sight-reading skills project, music composition, not to mention instrument specific masterclasses online with musicians from the Dallas Symphony, Utah Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Dallas Opera, and the Colorado Symphony to name a few. 


  • What will tuition cost this year? CYSO tuition will be a flat $650 fee for the year. There will be no parent volunteer dues charged/or duties to perform this year..(you're welcome) Your only additional cost will be a $20 t-shirt for the Nuggets game (televised if needed), a red camisole for NEW female Symphony members, and a men's tie (white-Philharmonia, red-Symphony).

  • Information for current CYSO members: If you were a member of  CYSO for the 2019-2020 season last year, here is what you need to know: No auditions, no videos, no audition fees, no stress. We just want you back and start making music together again.  If you would like to join us for Fall 2020 please email Michelle Orman, Executive Director: "Name of student will be joining CYSO fall 2020"  It's that simple!  If you were in last years orchestra and would like to move up to the next level please email a video to Michelle Orman, no audition fee required.

  • New students to CYSO:  new students interested in joining us must fill out an audition request form, email a video to us, no audition fee required. Detailed info can be found on this website under the audition tab. We promise you will have a good time. (Go Denver Nuggets!) CYSO will be performing at a January Nuggets game. 


  • Will scholarships and payment plans be available? Absolutely! We know that everyone is facing a challenging year and there will be more scholarships available then ever before. Don't be shy or let money keep you from joining us for a great year. Payment plans will consist of smaller payments throughout the year.  As always our accounts manager, Cedra Kuehn, can make a payment plan happen for you to fit your needs. She can be contacted at cysocedra@gmail.com


  • What will concerts be like? We are scheduled for our yearly November concert at the Pinnacle Auditorium. We will be staggering performances of each orchestra. For example, Philharmonia orchestra rehearsal followed by Philharmonia concert, in attendance only Philharmonia families and supporters. The next hour will be the same schedule for Symphony orchestra and Symphony families/supporters and so on... Your purchase of a concert ticket is good for the entire day regardless of ensemble. There will be no reception following any concerts due to COVID. Our spring and pops concerts are yet to be determined, depending on the virus.


  • How will CYSO keep our young musicians safe? Click here for our safety protocol


  • What does our season look like?  Click here for the CYSO season schedule 


CYSO COVID Liability Waiver: Click here

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