Double Double Workshop FAQ

Below are the answers to frequently asked questions about the Double Double workshop.

What is the Double Double Workshop?
Who can attend Double Double?
Where is the workshop located?
What is the cost for Double Double and how do I pay?
What is a “masterclass”?
What should I prepare for a masterclass?
I don’t want to play in a masterclass. Can I just observe?
How do I sign up to play for a masterclass?
When will I find out if I’m assigned to play in a masterclass?
What is the Orchestral Excerpt Competition?
How do I get the excerpts for the competition?
Are parents invited to observe Double Double?
Is lunch provided?
Is it possible for me to leave early or arrive late for the workshop?
What should I bring to the Double Double workshop?
What is the play-along?
I just started playing my instrument this year and I’m not very confident yet. Am I invited?
How can I take advantage of the free ticket offer for the CSO concert after Double Double?


 
 

What is the Double Double Workshop?

The Workshop is a day of classes and activities for oboe, bassoon, and bass students hosted by the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. Students will have the opportunity to interact with world-renowned professional musicians and to come together to celebrate these unique instruments.


 
 

Who can attend Double Double?

We welcome oboe, bassoon, and double bass students age 10-18 of all playing levels, beginning through advanced.


 
 

Where is the workshop located?

The workshop is located in the Fine Arts Building at 410 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, 60605. Upon arrival, take the elevator up to the 8th floor where you will find our welcome table.


 
 

What is the cost for Double Double and how do I pay?

The cost to attend the workshop is $10. Payment is collected at the bottom of the registration form via credit card payment. Group discounts are available. If you have any questions or issues paying online please contact Alex at ahinand@cyso.org.


 
 

What is a “masterclass”?

A masterclass is kind of like a lesson in front of an audience. During the class, 3-4 students will play for a teacher who will give them guidance and suggestions on how to improve their performance.


 
 

What should I prepare for a masterclass?

Please bring a short solo piece or etude. It should be well-prepared to almost performance level. If you have questions, please bring those too! A masterclass is a great time to discuss any questions you may have with the group.


 
 

I don’t want to play in a masterclass. Can I just observe?

Absolutely! It’s important to have an audience at each masterclass. You’ll learn a lot just by observing, and the audience is welcome to participate by asking questions too.


 
 

How do I sign up to play for a masterclass?

You will indicate your interest to play in a class on the registration form. If you forgot, but wish you play in a class, please e-mail Alex at ahinand@cyso.org.


 
 

When will I find out if I’m assigned to play in a masterclass?

Students will be notified by Tuesday, December 11.


 
 

What is the Orchestral Excerpt Competition?

The competition is an opportunity for interested intermediate and advanced students. Each student will play 3 orchestral excerpts for our panel of judges. The audition is behind a screen to be kept anonymous. From the audition, students will be chosen to perform their excerpts again in the afternoon orchestral excerpt masterclass. Winners will receive prizes donated from double reed and double bass companies around the country. The competition is a great opportunity to improve your auditioning skills in a friendly environment.


 
 

How do I get the excerpts for the competition?

The excerpts will be emailed to students after your registration has been received. Click here to download pdfs online.


 
 

Are parents invited to observe Double Double?

There is a limited amount of space in many of the rooms, but parents are welcome to observe if there is extra space. Parents are encouraged to arrive at 4:00 for the awards ceremony and performance of Waltz of the Flowers.


 
 

Is lunch provided?

No, lunch is not provided. You can bring a bag lunch, or during the lunch hour you may leave the Fine Arts Building to grab a bite at one of the many options nearby.


 
 

Is it possible for me to leave early or arrive late for the workshop?

We hope you can stay for the entire day! If you have a conflict, then yes, you may come for a portion of the day. Please make sure to notify us in advance, by emailing Alex at ahinand@cyso.org.


 
 

What should I bring to the Double Double workshop?

Make sure to bring your instrument, even if you are not signed up to play for a masterclass. You’ll also want to bring your music if you are performing in a class or competing in the excerpt competition. For the lunch break, please either bring a bag lunch or money to purchase a lunch at a nearby restaurant.


 

What is the play along?

At the very end of the day, we will put together a large ensemble of everyone at the Workshop. This year we’ll be playing Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker. Please download the part for your instrument that best matches your skill level and practice it before the Workshop. We need people playing all of the parts, so please learn the part that you’re most comfortable playing. Click here to download your part.


 

I just started playing my instrument this year and I’m not very confident yet. Am I invited?

Yes! Absolutely.


 
 

How can I take advantage of the free ticket offer for the CSO concert after Double Double?

There is a check box on the Registration Form where you can indicate if you would like to take advantage of the offer. This is limited to 1 ticket per participant and will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis. Once all tickets have been claimed, this will be removed from the registration form.