Frost Valley Rehearsal Retreat

Frost Valley is a required rehearsal retreat weekend for musicians in ESYO’s Symphony and Repertory Orchestras and is held at the Frost Valley YMCA Camp in the Catskill Mountains. The weekend consists of three (3) full orchestra rehearsals and two (2) sectional rehearsals – the equivalent of more than a month of weekly rehearsals.

In addition to music training, Frost Valley gives orchestra members a chance to get to know each other and the ESYO staff. Members of the Symphony and Repertory Orchestras are required to attend. Questions about attendance and alternative travel arrangements should be directed immediately to Sue Lascoe, Operations Director: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (518) 382-7581.

Frost Valley 2019: September 6-8

Drop-Off: Friday, September 6

  • 3:00pm: Drop-off musicians at Brown School, 150 Corlaer Ave., Schenectady, NY.
  • Buses will depart promptly at 4:00 pm.

Pick-Up: Sunday, September 8

  • 2:45pm: Pick-up musicians at Brown School (buses will depart Frost Valley at 12:45 pm). 

Musicians bring their own sleeping bags and sleep indoors on bunks in comfortable lodges, all of which have indoor plumbing and hot water. Chaperones sleep in the same lodges as the musicians, but in separate rooms. Lodge/room assignments are made primarily based on the musicians’ ages. Musicians may request a roommate (through the online registration process) and we will try to meet that request.

Staff & Chaperones
Frost Valley staff members are well trained and know our needs. We also have a staff of chaperones attuned to the needs of both teenagers and the younger musicians on the trip. Musicians will be supervised at all times. 

Musicians will be able to choose from a wide-range of recreational activities during the rehearsal breaks. All musicians should be prepared for lots of walking to and from lodges and rehearsal spaces.

Musicians must bring a “bag” dinner to eat on the bus Friday evening; all other meals will be provided. Special diets can be accommodated; notify us about special diets on the online registration form.

What to Bring
Musicians will receive detailed information about this as the retreat date approaches.