Concert Attire

Proper concert attire is required of all CSOYO members. If a student is not properly attired for a concert, he/she will be asked to contact their parents for the necessary change of clothing. If this is not corrected in time for the performance, the student may not be allowed to perform. Failure to perform could result in possible dismissal from the orchestra. Please notify the CSOYO Manager, or CSOYO Committee member, as soon as possible if there is any difficulty in adhering to the dress code.

Females:

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.

DRESS SHOES:

– 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

Males:

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

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.

            www.concertattire.com

            www.concertblack.com (long sleeves)

            www.formalfashionsinc.com

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.

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

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. It is to be hoped that the primary focus of attention during the concert will be on the music. If there are any questions or doubts about this subject, please feel free to discuss the matter with the CSOYO Manager.

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.