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SIDE BY SIDE CONCERT (Symphony) – Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 at the Tivoli 7:30 PM

Concert Instructions: 2020 Symphony SxS Instructions REVISED

PARENTS Volunteer Sign Up HERE

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PHILHARMONIC, ETUDE and PRELUDE MEMBERS: No rehearsal on Monday, Feb. 24 – Please attend the Side by Side Concert! YO members attend for free (tickets at Will Call)


Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Announces Appointment of new CSO Youth Orchestra Conductor/CSO Assistant Conductor
Chattanooga, TN – 2/10/20 –

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera is pleased to introduce Ismael Sandoval as the new CSO Youth Orchestra/CSO Assistant Conductor beginning June 1, 2020. This new combined conductor role will allow Sandoval to conduct the CSOYO Symphony Orchestra, the organization’s top youth orchestra, as well as assist Music Director Kayoko Dan with cover conducting of Masterworks concerts. Sandoval will also conduct other concerts throughout each season. Sandoval will be replacing Gary Wilkes as CSOYO Symphony Conductor due to Wilkes’ retirement from the position after 28 years.

Sandoval most recently served as Assistant/Cover Conductor for the Boston Philharmonic & Youth Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as Music Director for the Promenade Opera Project, Assistant/Cover Conductor for The Eureka Ensemble, and Artistic Director and Conductor of The Women’s Chorus. Sandoval graduated with Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Music Composition from the University of Florida, and holds a Masters of Music in Orchestral Conducting from The Boston Conservatory.

“After Gary’s long-term tenure with the CSOYO, we are happy to announce our next leader who will continue the tradition of excellence with the youth orchestras,” states Kayoko Dan, CSO Music Director. “Ismael is an excellent and energetic educator and musician and we’re thrilled to have him join our conducting staff.”

“I’m beyond thrilled to be working with everyone at the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, especially the students of the CSOYO, who are an amazing part of the city’s arts and educational communities,” states Sandoval. “In addition to doing what I can to enable both orchestras to succeed and grow, a major priority for me during my time there will be to cultivate a stronger community in Chattanooga by engaging all of us through collaborative and community driven endeavors.”



FEB. 17:   NO REHEARSAL –  PRESIDENTS DAY – Hamilton Co. Schools closed

FEB. 23: SUNDAY – Venue rehearsal for Symphony 1:15 – 5:30 PM at the Tivoli

FEB. 24:  NO REHEARSALSide by Side Concert with CSO and CSOYO Symphony at 7:30 PM at the Tivoli – all other orchestra members encouraged to attend!

CSOYO ABSENCES DUE TO ILLNESS: During the winter cold and flu season, we encourage all members to stay home from rehearsal if they become ill with vomiting, fever, or any contagious sickness. We do not want illness to spread throughout the orchestra or have members present who are unable to play. However, please remember that per the CSOYO Attendance policy, illness is not an “automatically excused” absence. We advise members to visit a doctor if they are ill and get documentation, and to utilize the Appeals process should more than the number of allowed absences in a concert cycle accrue due to unexpected illness. All absences in the concert cycle are reviewed during an appeal. Please see the Attendance Policy on our website or email the CSOYO Manager if you have questions regarding your attendance. Thank you! Wash your hands often, get some rest, drink lots of water, and take care of yourselves!


The times for the Symphony Side by Side Venue Rehearsal, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 at the Tivoli, have changed.

PREVIOUS TIMES:  1:30 – 4:00 PM

REVISED TIMES: 1:15 – 5:00 PM (revised from 5:30 PM)

Please make a note and adjust your calendars. Members have been notified via email and Remind. This is a mandatory rehearsal and musicians must attend at least half of this rehearsal to be counted as present. If you have any questions or issues, please contact the CSOYO Manager as soon as possible. Thank you!

CSOYO Symphony Calendar 2019-2020 REV



WINTER CONCERT (Philharmonic, Etude & Prelude) – Monday, March 9, 2020 at Brainerd Baptist Church 7:30 PM

Concert Instructions: Coming soon!

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Parents: Spring Semester Volunteers are needed to help with the Attendance Table on Monday evenings at CSAS for regular rehearsals. Volunteers are needed from approximately 5:30 – 6:30 PM each Monday. Please check available dates and sign up HERE:

REMEMBER: All CSOYO Families are asked to volunteer at least 2 hours per season. Thank you so much!


A CSOYO photo gallery is now available for viewing, featuring group shots and various candid shots from the Fall Concerts in November. Prints are available to order for a fee from the gallery, in various sizes, through Jered Scott Photography, and will be mailed directly to you. The gallery will be open for viewing and placing orders through the end of the YO season, closing on May 5, 2020.

The gallery is password protected. To receive the password, please email the CSOYO Manager at Passwords will be approved for any member email or parent email that was submitted on the YO Member’s application from auditions. To protect the privacy of our YO members, please do NOT share the password with anyone else. Passwords will be updated periodically. Please allow 24 hours to receive the password so that your email can be confirmed.

There are two galleries – one for Symphony and Philharmonic (Nov. 4) and one for Etude and Prelude (Nov. 18). Photographs can be ordered by clicking on the Cart icon in the upper right corner of the page for each image. Thank you and enjoy!