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THE CYS STRING ENSEMBLES 2019-20 CONCERT SEASON

CONCERT DATES TIME EVENT LOCATION
December 15 1:00.PM Winter Concert Cañada College Theater, Redwood City
March 1 1:00.PM Festival Concert
(Intermediate Strings Only)
Cañada College Theater, Redwood City
June 7 1:00.PM Spring Concert Louis B. Mayer Theater, Santa Clara University

Morning Rehearsals; 1:00 PM Concerts. All concerts are free admission.


COMMUNITY CONCERTS (PARTICIPATION VOLUNTARY)

DATE TIME & LOCATION
December 14 (Saturday) TBD
June 6 (Saturday) TBD

Prior to each concert, the Strings Ensembles performs a community concert. These concerts provide our students with a valuable performing opportunity before the next day's performance. Furthermore, participation is a great opportunity for young musicians to serve the community. All the participants will be eligible for community service hours and will be given volunteer certificates signed by Ms. Kyme. Participation in the Community Concerts is not mandatory but are highly encouraged. Please plan to sign up! There is no warm-up rehearsal prior to the concert.


REQUIRED CONCERT ATTENDANCE

Students and families from all CYS programs are required to attend the following CYS concerts. Attendance will be taken at these concerts: musicians must check in and check out with the attendance coordinators. Be sure to bring your yellow ID barcode card.

Members receive FREE tickets!

NOTE: Regular rehearsal continues to take place prior to the concerts, unless otherwise indicated.

DATES CYS PROGRAM TIME LOCATION
November 17 Senior Orchestra
Season Opener Concert
2:30.PM San Mateo Performing Arts Center (P.A.C.)
December 8 AO|SO Holiday Concert 2:30.PM San Mateo P.A.C.
March 1 * IS|WS|AO Festival Concert 1:00.PM Cañada College Theater, Redwood City
March 15 Senior Orchestra
Spring Concert
2:30.PM San Mateo P.A.C.
May 24 WS|AO Season Finale Concert 2:00.PM San Mateo P.A.C.
May 31 Senior Orchestra
Season Finale Concert
2:30.PM San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
June 21
(Buen Viaje Concert) *
Senior Orchestra
Tour Preview Concert
2:30.PM San Mateo P.A.C.

* March 1 Festival Concert: there is no rehearsal for Junior Strings. Attendance at the Festival Concert required (check in and check out).
* June 21 concert attendance is not required though highly recommended!


2019-20 SEASON - FULL SEASON CALENDAR

DATES TO REMEMBER WHAT IS IT? NOTES
September 8 First rehearsal of the season!

Parent Orientation Meeting
Santa Rita Elementary School

IS-AM & JS: 10:15 AM | IS-PM: 1:15 PM
September 15 Regular Rehearsal Santa Rita Elementary School
September 22 Regular Rehearsal Santa Rita Elementary School
September 29 Workshops & Seating Auditions Santa Rita Elementary School
October 6 Regular Rehearsal

Viola Immersion Workshop
1:45-3:45 PM
Santa Rita Elementary School

Santa Rita Elementary, Art Room
(RSVP required. Attendance at both sessions is recommended. Min. requirement of 5 participants enrolled for each date for class to take place.)
October 13 Regular Rehearsal


Viola Immersion Workshop
1:45-3:45 PM
Santa Rita Elementary School

Santa Rita Elementary, Art Room
(RSVP required. Attendance at both sessions is recommended. Min. requirement of 5 participants enrolled for each date for class to take place.)
October 20 Regular Rehearsal Santa Rita Elementary School
October 27 Regular Rehearsal Santa Rita Elementary School
November 3 Regular Rehearsal Santa Rita Elementary School
November 10 Regular Rehearsal Santa Rita Elementary School
November 17 Regular Rehearsal


Senior Orchestra Concert
Required Attendance |
2:30 PM
Santa Rita Elementary School
(IS-PM session cleans room after rehearsal)

San Mateo Performing Arts Center (P.A.C.)
November 24 Regular Rehearsal Santa Rita Elementary School
December 1 (Thanksgiving Weekend) REGULAR Rehearsal! Santa Rita Elementary School
December 8 Dress Rehearsal

AO|SO Holiday Concert
Required Attendance |
2:30 PM
Santa Rita Elementary School



San Mateo P.A.C.
December 14 (Sat.) Community Concert Time & Location TBD
(Participation Voluntary)
December 15
Concert Day
String Ensembles Concert |
10 AM Rehearsal,
1:00 PM Concert
Cañada College Theater, Redwood City
Dec. 22 & Dec. 29 (Winter Break) NO Rehearsals Happy Holidays!
January 5 Rehearsal resumes Santa Rita Elementary School
January 26 Regular Rehearsal Santa Rita Elementary School
February 2
(chg from Jan. 26)
Workshops Santa Rita Elementary School
February 9 Regular Rehearsal Santa Rita Elementary School
February 16 Regular Rehearsal Santa Rita Elementary School
February 23 Regular Rehearsal for Junior Strings

Intermediate Strings
Dress Rehearsal
Santa Rita Elementary School
March 1

IS Concert Day
NO Junior Strings Rehearsal | Required Attendance @ Festival Concert | 1:00 PM

IS|AO|WS Festival Concert @ 1:00 PM
Required Attendace

Cañada College Theater, Redwood City
March 8 Regular Rehearsal Santa Rita Elementary School
March 15 Regular Rehearsal

Senior Orchestra Concert
Required Attendance |
2:30 PM
Santa Rita Elementary School
(IS-PM session cleans room after rehearsal)


San Mateo P.A.C.
March 22 Regular Rehearsal Santa Rita Elementary School
March 29 Regular Rehearsal Santa Rita Elementary School
March/April Weekends Season Entrance Auditions Location TBD
April 5 Regular Rehearsal Santa Rita Elementary School
April 12 (Easter) NO Rehearsal Easter Sunday
April 19 Regular Rehearsal Santa Rita Elementary School
April 26 Regular Rehearsal Santa Rita Elementary School
May 3 Regular Rehearsal Santa Rita Elementary School
May 10 (Mother's.Day) Regular Rehearsal Santa Rita Elementary School
May 17 Regular Rehearsal Santa Rita Elementary School
May 24 (Memorial.Day) Regular Rehearsal


AO|WS Season Finale Concert | Required Attendance |
2:00 PM
Santa Rita Elementary School
(IS-PM session cleans room after rehearsal)


San Mateo P.A.C.
May 31 Dress Rehearsal

Senior Orchestra Concert
Required Attendance |
2:30 PM


Graduating Senior Dinner | 6:30 PM
Santa Rita Elementary School
(IS-PM session cleans room after rehearsal)

San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

Graduating Senior Dinner Location TBD
June 6 (Sat.) Community Concert Time & Location TBD
(Participation Voluntary)
June 7
Concert Day
String Ensembles Concert |
10 AM Reh, 1:00 PM Concert
Louis B. Mayer Theater, Santa Clara University
June 21
(Father's Day)
Senior Orchestra
Tour Preview Concert |
2:30 PM
San Mateo P.A.C.
Benefit Raffle Prize Drawing

* Changes made as of September 2019. This schedule supersedes previously published calendars.

GOOGLE CALENDAR

Click on the icon below to view the String Ensembles season calendar. You have the option of importing this calendar to your own personal calendars by clicking on the Google Icon at the bottom right corner of the calendar page.

Junior Strings Calendar

Intermediate Strings Calendar

WEEKLY REHEARSALS

Weekly Sunday rehearsals are held inside the Multi-purpose Room at Santa Rita Elementary School, 700 Los Altos Ave., Los Altos, CA 94022, unless otherwise indicated. Please arrive 15 minutes early to get your instrument out and tuned. We also need the help of several parents and students in the IS-AM session to help set up the rehearsal room. Occasionally, we will also need the assistance of parents and students in the IS-PM session to clean the rehearsal room. Please refer to the newsletters and this site throughout the season for further details.

Santa Rita Map

JUNIOR STRINGS
10:40 - 11:55AM

INTERMEDIATE STRINGS
AM Group: 9:00 - 10:30AM
PM Group: 12:00 - 1:30PM

REHEARSALS ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE CONCERT

Attendance at rehearsal one week prior to the concert is mandatory. Students are not required to wear concert dress for these rehearsals.

CONCERT DAY DRESS REHEARSALS

The rehearsals are an opportunity for the students to become familiar with the acoustics and conquer nerves associated with playing on stage before the actual performance. These rehearsals are crucial for the students to feel comfortable on stage and thus give their best performance at the concert. Students are advised to wear concert dress for these rehearsals. Attendance at dress rehearsals is mandatory.

CONCERT ATTIRE

Girls Concert Dress: Ankle length black dress or ankle length black skirt or pants (no jeans or corduroys). Black blouse or shirt. Modest necklines, please. Back, shoulders and midriffs must remain completely covered in all postures. Black shoes, black socks/stockings/tights. No shiny or sparkling jewelry, hair ornaments, belts or other accessories (let the music do the shining).

Boys Concert Dress: Black pants (no shorts, jeans or corduroys). White dress shirt. Black socks (no whites) and black shoes (no tennis shoes).

Community Concerts (Girls & Boys): Wear your CYS summer camp T-shirt, or dress casually.

WORKSHOPS

We will hold two (2) required workshops that will provide training in ensemble performance and practice. Times and locations are the same. The workshops consist of sectionals directed by professional musicians.

VIOLA IMMERSION WORKSHOPS

Every Fall, Ms. Kati Kyme offers Viola Immersion classes for violinists who want to take advantage of learning the viola. The two sessions of Viola Immersion class are free to any interested musicians. Interested players would need only to rent a viola by that time and bring it to class: Ms. Kyme will provide instruction and music. It is highly recommended for interested students to attend both workshop days. An online sign-up sheet will posted for this workshop.

Note: These workshops must have a minimum enrollment of five (5) students per workshop day to continue or workshops may be canceled.


What to bring to rehearsals & workshops:

  1. Your music. CYS will charge $25 to replace lost music.
  2. A music stand
  3. A pencil (always have this ready)
  4. Mutes, tuners, extra strings, etc.
  5. Yellow ID barcode card

REHEARSAL HALL friendly reminders:

  • Please put your instrument cases to the sides of the room and neatly out of the walkways and not next to your chairs (even if you sit at the very back of the section). Take only what you need to your seat. 
  • Please clean-up after yourselves.
  • Let's help keep our rehearsal room clean by picking up little items off the floor (i.e. napkins, pencils, water bottles, etc), even if the item does not belong to you.
  • Eat your snacks, sip your drinks outside the rehearsal room and, please, do not make a mess outside.
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