Navigating Your First CYSO Rehearsal

As we prepare to open our doors for rehearsals again, we know students will be filled with excitement, and probably a few questions, too. Whether you’re new to orchestra or just new to CYSO, here’s a guide to your first day of rehearsal.

What to bring:

  • Your instrument! You’d be surprised how often students forget their instruments
  • A pencil. You always want a pencil at rehearsal. Your conductor/director has important things to say!
  • Your audition music. You don’t have to, but it can be useful so you can write notes from the conductor/director to take home or put notes into your rehearsal music. 
  • A water bottle. Only water is allowed in the rehearsal spaces. 
  • Instrument supplies. Don’t forget things like rosin, mutes, extra strings, instrument cloth, your chinrest, reeds, etc.
  • Layers! If you’re in Jazz, Debut, Concert, Philharmonic, or Symphony, it can get pretty cool in room 833. If you’re someone who gets cold easily, brining along a sweater or hoodie is a good idea.
  • Your mask. While masking in CYSO spaces is now optional, it’s always a good idea to bring a spare mask in case you’re feeling under the weather.
Steelpan students rehearsing at CYSO

Where to go:

  • Overture Strings, Preparatory Strings, and Accelerando Strings meet on the 10th floor of the Fine Arts Building in Curtiss Hall.
  • Steelpan ensembles meet on the 8th floor in room 802 (right by the elevators).
  • Jazz, Debut, Concert, Philharmonic, and Symphony Orchestra meet on the 8th floor in room 833 (at the end of the hallway)
  • Chamber groups have rooms assigned to them in either the Fine Arts Building or Roosevelt. Check your email for info on where to go.

Accelerando Strings cellists rehearsing

What to do:

  1. Sign in. Once you get to your rehearsal room, look for a sign-in sheet or a staff member to sign you in. Sign in is usually by the door. Sign your name on your line so we know you’re here! 
  2. Find your seating. Find the seating chart tacked on the wall and look for your name. Sometimes you change seating for different pieces, so look carefully. For orchestra ensemble students, don’t forget to check the whiteboard for announcements and rehearsal order. For strings students: the top name is who sits on the outside.
  3. Sit down. Our orchestras usually look like the diagram below.  For strings-only  ensembles (Overture, Preparatory, and Accelerando Strings), you’ll be seated similarly with just the string sections.
Our orchestra set-up is not the standard set-up due to physical constraints of our rehearsal spaces. String ensemble students can ignore the brass, winds, and percussion sections.
  • Get your practice copies. Each folder will have a copy of the music for you to take home and a copy of the music that will always stay in the folder (with a red stamp on it).
  • Warm up and get ready to play. Tune, look over your music, get your pencil.
  • Listen to announcements from CYSO staff. 
  • Tune with the oboe. String ensembles will tune with the A from the concertmaster violinist.
  • Have a good rehearsal!
  • We’re looking forward to welcoming students back. Here’s the a great 21/22 season!

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