It's registration time! By now you should have received an email with step by step instructions on how you can register for the upcoming season. While the essence of ESYO remains the same, this season will be different, as we continue to adjust to life with COVID-19. We cannot wait to restart ESYO with you on the stage.
How big are the ensembles? The size of each ensemble varies based on rehearsal room size, repertoire, and the number of registered members. Out of an abundance of caution, no ensemble will exceed 40 members, and all ensembles will rehearse in spaces that accommodate recommended physical distancing.
Will you clean and sanitize the rehearsal spaces? Yes, ESYO staff will clean and sanitize all program spaces before each scheduled rehearsal.
Will scheduling be different from last year? In order to accommodate all of our members in smaller ensembles, we have developed a new schedule that is similar--but not exactly the same--as previous seasons. If you are a member of the Repertory or Symphony Orchestras, your rehearsal schedule may change throughout the year based on your placement. Visit esyo.org/members for your ensembles' rehearsal schedule.
Will I be able to perform on stage with my friends? Yes, but with restrictions. This season all concerts will be recorded, in person, on-stage at Proctors in a safe-studio environment. Concerts will be performed without an audience and streamed online. Audiences will be able to stream full-length concerts at home from their smartphone, tablet, or computer. We look forward to the Grand Opening of our Virtual Concert Hall later this fall.
What happens if I get sick or someone in my family is diagnosed with COVID-19? If you are sick, you must stay at home. Before each rehearsal, you and your parents must complete a Health Check Questionnaire affirming that you are symptom and fever-free. Should you or someone in your family be diagnosed with COVID-19, you must follow all state regulations and self-quarantine for 14 days. Before returning to rehearsal, you must test negative for COVID-19 and be symptom-free. For the health and safety of you and your friends, it is important to read and follow all COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Procedures outlined in the ESYO Ensemble Handbook.
What happens if rehearsals are suspended due to COVID-19? Life during a global pandemic is anything but predictable. Should COVID-19 restrictions caused by COVID-19 result in the cancelation of more than 3 consecutive in-person rehearsals, you have the option to withdraw your membership in ESYO and receive a pro-rated refund as outlined in the ESYO Ensemble Handbook. If in-person programming becomes impossible, ESYO will shift all of its resources, energy and attention to virtual programming, optimally offering a robust and enriching experience, even at a distance.
This COVID-19 Program Safety Plan is being implemented due to the safety and health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and is specifically needed at this time since the Empire State Youth Orchestra (ESYO) is contemplating a modified service offering for its 2020-2021 season that will blend limited live rehearsals and performances with virtual meetings, classes, rehearsals, and performances. ESYO will follow this Program Safety Plan in connection with its live rehearsals, performances, and events until such time as the appropriate health authorities determine that the health and safety concerns relating to COVID-19 are no longer present or a significant threat. Notwithstanding all the precautions that Empire State Youth Orchestra will take, due to the nature of the virus, the risk of contracting COVID-19 remains. Please be safe, respect others, and follow all of the precautions, protections, and protocols put in place during this COVID-19 epidemic.
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