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INTRODUCTION: Membership in the CSOYO comes with the exciting opportunity to learn and perform amazing works of music with a community of dedicated peers and professional leaders, as well as the responsibility to honor your commitment to yourself, your musical colleagues, and the institution of the CSOYO. As in any group activity, each individual is an important part of each rehearsal experience, and your presence is vital both to your musical progress and to the musical progress of those around you. By accepting your seat in the CSOYO, we expect that you have decided to make CSOYO a priority in your musical life. Each Member may have a different reason for wanting to be a member of the CSOYO, but the one thing we all have in common is the CHOICE we have made to be here, and we will collectively honor that choice by maintaining high standards and striving for excellence.


PREPARATION: The finest orchestral performances are achieved when preparation happens in two places – at home and at rehearsal. CSOYO members should prepare music individually outside of rehearsal, learning notes, rhythm, articulation, fingerings and bowing at home and with the aid of private teachers or school music directors. CSOYO weekly rehearsal time is dedicated to perfecting the ensemble performance, including phrasing, dynamics, balance and interpretation. With only 1-2 hours together each week, this can only be achieved when all members come to rehearsal individually prepared.


ATTENDANCE: All Members are expected to attend all rehearsals and concerts, to arrive 15 minutes early, bring their instruments, music, and a pencil, and to remain throughout the rehearsals and concerts.


Perfect attendance is the recommended goal for each CSOYO member!


CONCERT CYCLES: Each concert performed by the CSOYO is prepared in a cycle of rehearsals, and each rehearsal is critical in preparing Members for their upcoming concert. Absence, lateness, or early departure detracts from the learning environment, disrupts the members’ learning process, and impacts the performance level of the entire ensemble. The rehearsal cycles for each concert are listed on the calendar for each orchestra. There are 3 concert cycles: Fall Concert, Winter/Side by Side Concert, and Spring Concert.


Members should check in at the attendance table for each rehearsal and concert. Failure to check in will result in being marked absent automatically.


NOTIFICATION:  Absences should be reported by emailing the CSOYO Manager at or calling the voicemail (423-267-9011) before 4:00 p.m. on scheduled regular rehearsal days. For documentation purposes, please present all attendance notifications to the CSOYO manager in writing via email. You may also call

and leave a voicemail message, which is automatically converted into email. PLEASE DO NOT SEND A TEXT TO THIS NUMBER. This is a land line which cannot receive text messages.


If an emergency arises after 4:00 p.m. which will cause a member to miss rehearsal, email or call as soon as possible.  Notification of any absence for a venue rehearsal, concert, or event must be made no later than 8 hours before the scheduled rehearsal/performance.  If an emergency arises after that time, email or call as soon as feasible. Please do not assume that notifying the conductor is sufficient. While contacting the conductor is also encouraged and courteous, attendance records are kept by the CSOYO Manager.


REHEARSALS: Members are allowed NO MORE THAN 2 absences during the Fall and Winter concert cycles, and 1 absence during the Spring concert cycle. Weekly rehearsals, venue rehearsals and concerts are included in each cycle. No more than 5 total absences will be allowed for the season – 2 in the Fall, 2 in the Winter, and 1 in the spring. This includes ANY ABSENCE, such as illness, school or other music activities, family vacations, homework and tests, college visits, transportation problems, sports events, religious holidays, school trips, etc.



Please mark your calendars NOW:

Sunday, November 3, 2019:      Philharmonic/Symphony

Sunday, February 23, 2020:       Symphony

Sunday, March 8, 2020:             Prelude/Etude/Philharmonic (including percussion)

Sunday, May 3, 2020:               Prelude/Etude/Philharmonic/Symphony

Members who miss a venue rehearsal will not be allowed to play on the concert and may be dismissed from the CSOYO with forfeiture of the complete amount of tuition. In the event of an unplanned absence due to extenuating emergency circumstances, the conductors will have final word on whether the member may perform the concert and maintain membership.


CONCERTS: Concerts are MANDATORY. Any member who misses a concert will be dismissed from the CSOYO with forfeiture of the complete amount of tuition and will not be allowed to audition for the CSOYO for the following season.


ABSENCES: An absence will not be considered excused or unexcused, but simply recorded as an absence.


If a member misses more than the allowed number of absences in a concert cycle, they will not be allowed to play on the concert and may be immediately dismissed from the CSOYO with forfeiture of the complete amount of tuition.


If a member is not allowed to play on a concert due to attendance, they should still attend the concert, check in with the Manager, and sit in the audience for the duration of the concert, in order to avoid missing the concert, which is grounds for immediate dismissal and ineligibility to audition the following year.


APPEALS: In the event of an unplanned emergency situation (illness, death in the family) that would prevent attendance at a mandatory venue rehearsal or concert, or would create an absence from a weekly rehearsal that exceeds the number of absences allowed in a concert cycle, an appeal may be made regarding the absence. A letter signed by a parent or guardian with an explanation, along with secondary documentation in the form of a doctor’s letter, school letter or other supporting legal document must be presented to the CSOYO manager as soon as possible if an appeal is requested, and the appeal is subject to approval. Appeals will be reviewed by the conductors and the manager, and all decisions will be final.




TARDY POLICY:  It is the responsibility of each member to be on time and to be prepared with instrument, music, and any accessories for all rehearsals.  Members are marked tardy when they check-in 7 or more minutes after their scheduled rehearsal start time. A member will be considered tardy for up to one half of their designated rehearsal time.  After that time, the member will be considered absent.  When a member has been tardy three times, they will be credited with an absence.  Leaving rehearsal early (up to half of rehearsal time) is also counted as a tardy.


SENIORS: Members in their senior year of High School will be allowed 1 additional absence in the Spring Concert Cycle IF NEEDED for an Academic event. The absence must be for a school-sanctioned event and must be approved in advance, prior to the date of the absence. Seniors should submit written documentation of the event (school letter) to the Manager, along with a letter from their parents to request the additional absence, and the request is subject to approval.


LAST MONDAY REHEARSALS: Members are STRONGLY encouraged to attend the last Monday rehearsal prior to a concert. Members who are absent may be reassigned parts or moved within the section at the discretion of the conductors.


SECTIONAL REHEARSALS: Several times during the year, the Symphony and Philharmonic orchestras will split into sectionals during rehearsal. When they do, they are led by CSO Members who will coach them. The chance to interact and develop relationships with professional musicians is a great benefit of CSOYO membership. Members should make attendance at Sectional rehearsals a priority. These rehearsals are denoted on the calendar.


In the event of a missing instrument, the member is still expected to attend rehearsal.  Any member with a missing instrument who does not attend rehearsal will be credited with an absence.


While we will be monitoring attendance records, it is the responsibility of the member and parent to also keep track of how many absences have been accumulated. If there is any uncertainty about the number of absences accumulated, please verify with the Manager.






The CSOYO dress code is modeled after professional symphony orchestras across the United States. Proper concert attire is required of all CSOYO members.

A CONCERT DRESS CHECK will be held on Monday, October 28, 2019 at the regular Monday rehearsal. Members should come dressed in their full concert attire, including socks and shoes, for inspection prior to the start of rehearsal (please come a few minutes early to avoid disruptions). Following inspection, members may change into street clothes for rehearsal. Any member who does NOT pass will receive an email regarding the dress code issue in question, which should be corrected immediately. These members will then need to be RECHECKED prior to the Fall Concert. Symphony and Philharmonic members needing rechecks should dress out for the Fall Concert Venue Rehearsal on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at Ringgold High School. Etude & Prelude members needing rechecks should dress out on Monday, November 11, 2019 at CSAS at regular rehearsal. These members should report directly to the CSOYO Manager for the Recheck.

Once a member passes the Concert Dress Check, it is assumed that they will wear the same concert attire for the rest of the season with no variations. If for any reason a new concert dress ensemble is needed after the first concert, please get approval from the CSOYO Manager prior to the next concert.

For Venue Rehearsals (the day before a concert), members do not need to wear Concert Dress. On these days, members can wear their CSOYO Logo T-Shirts or street clothes to rehearsal.

If a member is not properly attired when they arrive for a concert, they will be asked to contact their parents for the necessary change of clothing. If this is not corrected in time for the performance, the member may not be allowed to perform. Failure to perform could result in possible dismissal from the orchestra. Please notify the CSOYO Manager as soon as possible if there is any difficulty in adhering to the dress code.


  1. Black Dress:

– Full length (to the ankle), no slits above the knee

– Must have sleeves – elbow-length or longer

– Modest neckline

Not allowed:

– Spaghetti straps, backless, cap sleeves, low cut front or back, sheer fabric, sequins or

other embellishments, cutouts, patterns, or faded

– Slits above the knee

– Short sleeve blouses or sleeves that end above the elbow

OR 2. Black Skirt and Black Blouse:

– Full length skirt***, no slits above the knee

– Blouse with elbow-length or longer sleeves

– Modest Neckline

Not allowed:

– Spaghetti straps, backless, cap sleeves, low cut front or back, sheer fabric, sequins or

other embellishments, cutouts, patterns, or faded

– Skirts above the ankle or slits above the knee

– Short Sleeve blouses or sleeves that end above the elbow

OR 3. Black Dress Pants and Black Blouse:

– Loose-fitting dress pants or trousers

– Blouse with Elbow-length or longer sleeves

– Modest Neckline

– Black socks are appropriate with dress pants

Not allowed:

– Spaghetti straps, backless, cap sleeves, low cut front or back, sheer fabric, sequins or

other embellishments, cutouts, patterns, or faded

– Short Sleeve blouses or sleeves that end above the elbow

– Capris, leggings, exercise pants, black denim, or tightly fitting dress pants

***Etude and Prelude females can wear full length dresses, skirts, and pants as detailed above OR may wear skirts at or longer than knee length, but not full length, if they are worn with black hosiery or tights. No fishnet, patterned, or sheer hosiery, or bare legs are allowed.



– Black closed-toe

Not allowed:

– boots, strappy sandals, athletic shoes, clogs, flip-flops or open-toe shoes

– distracting jewelry, grooming, headwear or attire are not allowed


Black Tuxedo or Black Dress Pants and Black Suit Jacket

– Long Sleeve White Dress Shirt

– Black Bow Tie

– Black Socks

– Black Dress Shoes

Not allowed:

– boots, sandals, athletic shoes, clogs, flip-flops or open-toe shoes

– distracting jewelry, grooming, headwear, or attire are not allowed

Approved Dress Code Items


Non-Approved Dress Code Items

No sheer fabrics.

No cutouts.

Sleeves are not elbow length.

No short sleeves or cap sleeves are allowed.

No off the shoulder necklines, no slit above the knee.

No spaghetti straps, no slit above the knee.

Backless dresses not allowed.

Short skirts not allowed for Philharmonic or Symphony. Prelude/Etude may wear skirts that fall at or below the knee. Must wear with black hose or tights.

For Philharmonic and Symphony, skirts may not be shorter than ankle length.

No skirts above the knee for any orchestra.

Pants are too tight-fitting.

Leggings are not allowed.

No strappy sandals.

Shoes must be closed-toed.

No strappy sandals or open-toed shoes.

No strappy sandals or open-toed shoes.

No open-toed shoes allowed.

No white soles or tennis shoes allowed.

No tennis shoes or sneakers allowed.































Tall Boots or ankle boots are not allowed. Boots may not be worn with pants or under skirts.

Tall Boots or ankle boots are not allowed. Boots may not be worn with pants or under skirts.











Questionable infractions of the dress code are subject to the discretion of the CSOYO Manager or the CSOYO Conductors.


Members who have difficulty finding Concert Dress attire in their size may check out these uniform companies as resources. The CSOYO does not have a standard UNIFORM, but these companies offer some products that will comply with the CSOYO Dress Code standards. If you need any assistance in ordering the correct item, please contact the CSOYO Manager. (long sleeves)

Members who have a school band or orchestra uniform already that closely fits the CSOYO Dress Code can have this uniform checked by the CSOYO Manager for approval.


The CSOYO dress code is modeled after professional symphony orchestras across the U.S. It is certainly not the intent of the CSOYO to force arbitrary standards of dress on the young people of our orchestras, but rather to encourage them to adopt professional adult standards of concert dress. Orchestra concerts are not an appropriate occasion for standing out or “exhibiting”, but for blending in with the group, just as the musicians should blend musically as an ensemble. We hope that the primary focus of attention during the concert will be on the music. If you need any help with Concert Dress attire, please contact the CSOYO Manager, who is here to help you.

There will be no exceptions made to the dress code. To avoid embarrassment and the possibility of missing a performance, please conform to this concert attire policy.


The Board of the CSOYO has developed this Code of Conduct to ensure that there is no misunderstanding concerning the proper expectations that are required from student musicians.  The following list details specific guidelines relating to behavior, attendance, dress code, and other possible infractions that will result in dismissal from the CSOYO.  This Code of Conduct is not limited to infractions listed below, and the Board reserves the right to take disciplinary action as the Board deems appropriate.

Student musicians are expected to be polite and courteous to everyone they meet, whether at rehearsals or at public performances.  The following are specific infractions that will result in immediate dismissal of a CSOYO student musician:

  1. Repeated incidences of rudeness to or harassment of fellow student musicians, conductors, coaches, staff, and/or CSOYO Board members
  2. The use of tobacco products and/or any illegal substance including, but not limited to, alcohol
  3. The use of profane language or the possession of objectionable printed or recorded material
  4. The possession of a weapon
  5. Theft or vandalism of property including, but not limited to, CSOYO student members, CSO, CSOYO, Hamilton County Schools, City of Chattanooga, Brainerd Baptist Church, and all venues where the CSOYO performs
  6. Violation of the Attendance Policy or repeated and intentional violation of the Dress Code
  7. Expulsion from school

A student on suspension from school may not participate in CSOYO rehearsals or concerts.  If a student misses rehearsals due to suspension the absences will be considered unexcused per the Attendance Policy.  If a student misses a concert due to suspension, he/she will be dismissed from the CSOYO.


Etiquette is simply good manners toward other people.  Courtesy and consideration for others are what good manners are all about.  Listed below are some basic guidelines in the concert hall for both performers and audience members.

For Performers

  1. Listen carefully to the tuning note.  Give the oboist a chance to find the right pitch before playing.  When you are finished tuning, please resist the temptation to practice your music or continue tuning when your section of the orchestra is finished.
  2. Always stand when the conductor enters the stage during a performance.  The concertmaster will indicate when to stand and when to sit.
  3. Never let the audience know if something goes wrong in performance.  Most people won’t notice it, and even if they do it’s your job to help them forget about it.
  4. Be sure not to talk or make any unnecessary distracting movements during performance, especially if someone near you has a solo or prominent passage.
  5. When waiting backstage (or within 50 feet of the performance area), please be careful not to speak above a whisper.  It’s a natural reaction for groups of people to talk louder and louder (Lombard effect) until the sound begins to be heard by the audience and/or performers.
  6. Be sure to let the orchestra on stage have plenty of room to exit before you try to enter the stage area.  The easier you make it for them to exit, the sooner you’ll be onstage.
  7. If you want your section of the orchestra to really shine, make sure that you are careful to follow and match with the principal player of your section.  Even if you think that you’ve learned the notes and rhythms, it is always a challenge (that all professional players know) to match and blend in terms of rhythm, pitch, tone, and style.

When CSOYO members are alternating as performers and audience members during a CSOYO concert, please sit together in the designated section (not with your family).  No one should leave before all performances are over, unless special written permission has been granted by the CSOYO Manager (in consultation with the CSOYO Board) prior to the day of the concert.  Please present your written permission for early dismissal to the designated chaperone before leaving.  Any student leaving early without written permission will receive an ”unexcused rehearsal absence”.  Remember: only two unexcused rehearsal absences are permitted during the season.

For the Audience

  1. Please arrive early or wait to enter the performance area between musical selections.
  2. Please remain seated during the performance.
  3. Food and drink are not allowed in the performance area.
  4. Please be as quiet as possible during the music.  Talking (or even whispering) can be annoying to those around you.  The concert will be more enjoyable for everyone when the audience is quiet and respectful.
  5. Please be sure to turn off pagers, cell phones, and any other distracting accessories.
  6. Flash photography during the performance is prohibited for the consideration and safety of the performers as well as the audience.
  7. Please do not post a video recording of CSOYO performances (or rehearsals) on YouTube or any other public internet website.  It may be in violation of copyright laws.  Many of the compositions and arrangements played by CSOYO orchestras and ensembles are protected by copyright laws.

It is polite to applaud the conductor and concertmaster, or soloist(s), when they make their entrances, and at the end of musical selections.  It is the most appropriate way to show your approval and appreciation for the musical experience and for the performers.


Fall Concert – Symphony and Philharmonic

Adults                                                 $6.00

Child/Student/Senior              $4.00


Fall Concert – Etude and Prelude  – FREE


Winter Concert – Philharmonic, Prelude & Etude

Adults                                                 $2.00

Child/Student/Senior              $1.00


Side By Side Concert – CSO & CSOYO Symphony

Adults                                     $15.00 (includes preservation fee)

Child/Student/Senior              $7.00 (includes preservation fee)


SPRING CONCERT – All Orchestras

Adults                                     $7.00 (includes preservation fee)

Child/Student/Senior              $5.00 (includes preservation fee)


Tickets for all concerts will be available online on the CSOYO and CSO websites for your convenience. Tickets will also be available at the door.


Members of each orchestra may receive a complimentary ticket to CSOYO performances in which they are not performing. A guest list will be provided at the box office. Be sure to check in at the box office for your complimentary ticket.





All members of the CSOYO may receive one free student ticket to each CSO Masterworks Series concert. Masterworks concerts will be presented on:

September 27, 2018

October 25, 2018

November 15, 2018

January 17, 2019

March 7, 2019

March 28, 2018

April 25, 2018

The student ticket may be obtained by calling or emailing the CSO Box Office prior to the concert, or at the Tivoli Theatre Box Office the evening of the concert. The student may only order their personal ticket (not multiple tickets for other students).  The Tivoli Theatre Box Office opens at 6:00 p.m. and student tickets may be picked up until 7:30 p.m.  You must identify yourself as a CSOYO member in order to receive your free student ticket.

Parents/Guardians of CSOYO members may purchase “Buy-One-Get-One-Free” tickets for all Masterworks Series performances at Price Level 2 or 3 only (you must identify yourself as a parent/guardian of a CSOYO member in order to receive the discount).  These tickets may be purchased prior to the performance night, and, as an added convenience, the CSOYO member may obtain their free student ticket at the same time.  There is a limit to one “Buy-One-Get-One-Free” offer per household per concert.


Free student tickets and “Buy-One-Get-One-Free” tickets do not apply to Pops Series, Chamber Series, Volkswagen Series, or special performances.  There is, however, a $15 student ticket available for purchase at these performances (except for special concerts).


Seat locations will be determined by the CSO Box Office staff for all student tickets.  To order tickets, or if you have further questions, please contact the CSO Box Office at 423-267-8583.