Candy Cotton

We've missed playing with you! In light of our strange circumstances, we've compiled a series of common questions about the next season below. You can read our full statement here. Have more questions? Contact us!

Will the season be online?

Yes—for now. With the recent directive from the governor and county health department, and the rise in coronavirus cases in the county, we have designed our season to begin online. We hope you like what we’ve created for you! Of course, our aim is to resume rehearsals and performances in person as soon as it is safe to do so.

What will rehearsals look like?

Both orchestras will meet weekly via Zoom during our normal Wednesday rehearsal time. The activities will alternate between group meetings in sections and practice video feedback sessions with a larger group, inviting comments and collaboration in playing and problem solving. The staff—Danko, Sue, and Alyze—will be directing and teaching the Zoom sessions, and there will be special guests most every week to help students in every section understand, learn, and practice their parts.

When is the first rehearsal?

Our first rehearsal will be Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

How will we be playing the concert?

Virtually. Students will submit their final performance videos by Nov. 4th, which will then go to the audio engineer, who will create the first of several virtual orchestra recordings to be produced this season. They will be livestreamed at a date to be determined. 

How will I record my part for the concert?

We will require that performance videos be recorded with a large diaphragm condenser microphone and we’ll suggest where and how to procure this equipment. We’ll also lend financial support to obtain one if needed.

What is the concert repertoire?

Find out here!

How will the concerto competitions work?

The Concerto Competitions will be held in late October (Honors) and February (JYO). We cannot guarantee a public performance of your concerto at this time. Before submitting, entrants MUST check with Danko to make sure that the concerto will work with our orchestras and the current rehearsal situation. Entrants will submit unedited videos of their performance by the due date. Detailed information will be available soon.

There’s some exciting content planned for you!

Interspersed with the rehearsal content will be an exciting series of master classes and interviews with luminaries from the world of music, contracted exclusively for YMM students and families. They will perform, speak, and/or teach via Zoom to engage the students and allow for questions. Select presentations will be open to the public. Our full lineup will be announced shortly, and details for registration will be posted right here!