Rehearsal Schedule and Calendar

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COVID-19 Response: Our number one priority this season is the health and safety of our student musicians and staff.  If it is not safe for us to hold rehearsals this season, we will not, and we reserve the right to cancel rehearsals at any time during the 2020-2021 season. The KSYO held a small summer string camp July 20 – 24 employing all recommended social distance protocol.  This included masks for all student musicians and staff at all times and small groups set up with 6 feet or more of distance from other players. We plan to proceed in the same way for the upcoming 2020-2021 season.  For all KSYO auditions and rehearsals masks are required at all times of all student musicians and staff.

To begin in the fall, auditions will be held in person, but include only one student and up to five judging staff at a time. Only strings, percussion and harps will be auditioned in August while we wait for more information from a national study about best practice and safety for wind and brass instruments (our current plan is to audition winds and brass outdoors sometime in October). Full orchestras will be seated from auditions, however students will then be divided down into smaller groups. For example: Sinfonia will have an A, B, C and D group (20 players in each). One Monday, the A Group will come for in-person rehearsals while other groups have the option to participate online and the next Monday the B group will come, etc. Rehearsals will be shortened and no breaks will be taken during rehearsal. And a new staggered schedule will be created so that only one group at a time is entering or leaving the building. Temperature checks and a COVID-19 questionnaire will be administered as students enter the building.  No parents or guardians will be allowed in the building.  More detailed COVID-19 Protocol and a new schedule will be distributed following auditions.

Weekly rehearsals will be held on Monday evenings at West Valley Middle School.  The rehearsal schedule below will be updated by August 31.

Monday Schedule (will be updated by August 31)

  • Youth Orchestra: 6:30 PM- 9:00 PM
  • Youth Chamber Orchestra: 6:45 PM – 8:45 PM
  • Sinfonia: 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM
  • Philharmonia: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Preludium: 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
  • Junior Orchestra: 5:30 PM – 6:05 PM

Sunday Schedule (Note: at West Valley Middle School) – Will be updated by August 31

  • Youth Orchestra: 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Youth Chamber Orchestra: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Sinfonia: 3:15 PM – 4:45 PM
  • Philharmonia: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Preludium: 2:00 PM – 2:50 PM
  • Junior Orchestra: 2:00 – 2:35 PM

For more information on the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra, contact Kathy Hart (865) 521-2336

2019-2020 Orchestra and Chamber Music Program Calendar

(All dates are Mondays unless indicated)

October 2019

 7 – No Rehearsals – Knox County Fall Break
14 – Rehearsals/Concert Speaker Auditions
21 – Rehearsals / Individual Pictures
28 – Rehearsals/ Individual Pictures

November 2019

4 – Rehearsals
11 – Rehearsals
17 – Rehearsals (SUNDAY schedule, West Valley Middle School))
18– KSYO Fall Concert: Tennessee Theatre, 7:00 PM (Sound Check Schedule will be distributed prior to the concert)
25 – Rehearsals / Holiday Refreshments

December 2019

 2 – Chamber Music Program Rehearsals only/No KSYO Rehearsals – Christmas Break / Concerto Competition Live Round
8 – Winter Recital KSYO Chamber Music Program, 7:00 PM – Ebenezer United Methodist Church
9 – No Rehearsals – Christmas Break
16 – No Rehearsals – Christmas Break
23- No Rehearsals – Christmas Break
30 – No Rehearsals – Christmas Break

January 2020

6 – Rehearsals
13 – Rehearsals
20- Rehearsals
27 – Rehearsals/Dine to Donate @ Jason’s Deli, 133 N. Peters Rd, Knoxville, 5:00 – 10:00 PM

February 2020

3 – Rehearsals/Practice Competition
10 – Rehearsals/Practice Competition- Cancelled

16 – Rehearsals (SUNDAY schedule, West Valley Middle School)
17  – KSYO Winter Concert featuring the Preludium, Philharmonia, Sinfonia and Youth Chamber Orchestra, 7:00 PM – Tennessee Theatre (Sound Check Schedule will be distributed prior to the concert)/Dine to Donate @ Bistro at the Bijou, 807 S. Gay Street, Knoxville
24 – KSYO Concerto Concert featuring the Youth Orchestra and winners of the 2019-2020 KSYO Concerto Competition, 7:00 PM – Tennessee Theatre (Sound Check Schedule will be distributed prior to the concert)/Dine to Donate @ Bistro at the Bijou, 807 S. Gay Street, Knoxville

March 2020

2 – Rehearsals/Practice Competition
9 – Rehearsals/Practice Competition
16 – No Rehearsals – Spring Break
23 – Rehearsals – Cancelled
30 – Rehearsals – Cancelled

April 2020

6 – Rehearsals – Cancelled
13 – Rehearsals – Cancelled
20 – Rehearsals – Cancelled
26 – Rehearsals  – Cancelled
27 – KSYO Spring Concert, 7:00 PM – Tennessee Theatre – Cancelled

May 2020

 3 –  Spring Recital KSYO Chamber Music Program, 7:00 PM, Ebenezer United Methodist Church – TBD