TCSYO Announces Three Start-Up Scenarios
for the 2020-21 Season

In a time when students have given up so much, the ensemble experience will be, as it always has been, the reason many students will continue to study music. Preserving these opportunities is very important in fostering the creativity, social responsibility and humanity that are necessary to return to normal. The value of teaching music through the large ensemble is impossible to replace.

The COVID-19 pandemic requires TCSYO to rethink “how” our programs will deliver quality music instruction, while continuing to keep student safety as the main focus. As TCSYO carefully evaluates all decisions while navigating these uncharted waters, we are ready to share with you three start up scenarios, which are outlined below. Regardless of what temporary accommodations are made, our goal is to ensure that focused, well-planned music education takes place.

TCSYO is navigating through uncharted waters. 
All of these  scenarios are subject to change.

2020/21 revised dates
  1. Season begins on Monday, September 14th and Tuesday, September 15th
  2. Member acceptance notifications will be sent out on/before August 28th
  3. 50% tuition is due on/before September 1st
  4. 50% balance of tuition will be due in January 2021

Scenario 1
  • FCPS accepts Community Use Applications, allowing outside groups into their schools in the evenings.
  • All members/staff will wear masks, practice social distancing, use hand sanitizer and wash hands upon arrival and dismissal.
  • TCSYO begins their 20/21 Season as normal.
  • Rachael Schlesinger Concert Hall will be open and groups will perform in November and December as planned.

Scenario 2
  • FCPS accepts Community Use Applications, allowing outside groups into their schools in the evenings.
  • All members/staff will wear masks, practice social distancing, use hand sanitizer and wash hands upon arrival and dismissal. We will limit rehearsals to 40 people or less, and chairs will be placed in the room to achieve distancing requirements. All members will bring and use their own music stand from home, their own music copies, their own pencils. The younger groups will be 'talked through' the tuning process if needed, directors/staff will not touch student's instruments.
  • Rachael Schlesinger Concert Hall is not open for performances. The November and December Concerts will be held in a school auditorium with dates TBD.
  • Symphonic Orchestra Rehearsals - 6:30 - 9:30 PM Monday evenings (extended ½ hour)
    • violins will come the first 1½ hour - band room
    • violas, cellos & basses will come for the second 1½ hour - band room
    • brass will come the first 1½ hour - room 155
    • woodwinds will come for the second 1½ hour - room 155
    • percussion will come the first 1½ hour - stage
  • Chamber Orchestra Rehearsals - 6:30 - 9:00 PM Tuesday evenings (extended ½ hour)
    • violins will come the first 1¼ hour - band room
    • violas, cellos & basses will come for the second 1¼ hour - band room
  • Prelude Orchestra Rehearsals - 7:00 - 8:30 PM Monday evenings
    • violin 1 and cellos will come the first 45 minutes
    • violin 2, violas & basses will come for the second 45 minutes
  • String Ensemble Rehearsals - 7:00 - 8:30 PM Tuesday evenings
    • violin 1 and cellos will come the first 45 minutes
    • violin 2, violas & basses will come for the second 45 minutes

Scenario 3
  • FCPS Does Not accept Community Use Applications, and will not allow outside groups into their schools in the evenings.
  • TCSYO will go 100% virtual until they will allow us to come in.
    • Members will receive a special link to download their concert music.
    • TCSYO has purchased Zoom Pro and will ask all members to download the free Zoom version on a home computer that has access to its camera and microphone.
    • Instrument sectionals will be scheduled by the orchestra conductors, percussion director and the brass and woodwind coaches each week. An Email with that week's schedule, including links to all the rooms, will be sent out to each member.
    • Members may have a sectional scheduled for a different night than their regular rehearsal. Dr. Collins is ready to work with students on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
  • Rachael Schlesinger Concert Hall is not open for performances. Concerts will be tentatively scheduled for November and December in a large venue that is not a school or a large auditorium.
    Perhaps a local Mall.

 

COVID-19 and the Performing Arts Research 

Several research projects are now available on COVID-19 and the performing arts. They include the study of aerosol projection of particles while playing, appropriate methods for disinfecting instruments and surfaces, and the control of projected air. Please take a moment to to review the latest research.


 
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