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Service Responsibility of Parents

The California Youth Symphony is able to maintain the year-round operations of two full symphony orchestras and six training programs with only a few administrative staff.  This is possible because many vital tasks are accomplished by volunteers. Each CYS parent is required to volunteer in one or more of the areas below so that we can continue to provide our children with this valuable musical experience.

Please remember:

  • Support your child by attending and encouraging others to attend CYS performances. 
  • Support CYS through your volunteer efforts & fundraising. 
  • Parking Lot | Rehearsal Monitor Schedule: Parents of all students have been assigned a date to monitor the parking lot after rehearsal and help with set up and clean up of the rehearsal room. Please mark your calendars. More information will be provided to those parents monitoring parking lots at venues other than The Harker School. Thank you for your help in ensuring our musicians' safety! 
  • Everyone is invited to participate in one of the following events to get to know each other, to make new friends, and to help CYS at the same time. Sign-up sheets available soon!:
December 9 - Holiday Concert, San Mateo Performing Arts Center, San Mateo
March 3 - Festival Concert, Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College
April Weekends - Season Auditions (TBD), Foothill College
May 26 (Memorial Day) - Season Finale Concert, Cañada College Theatre, Redwood City

Many thanks for the opportunity to work and grow with your children and for your dedication and support of their musical careers. You are the magic that makes it all possible!

Service Descriptions

AUDITIONS: This activity takes place in April (season auditions).  Teams of two people work together dividing the jobs of checking in the musicians, showing them to practice rooms, and taking them to the audition room.

LIBRARIAN: This job involves organizing and preparing all music needed for performances. Music is to be ready and distributed in folders by July 1.

CONCERT HOSPITALITY: This job involves bring/serving snacks to the musicians.  This activity takes place after the dress rehearsal and involves some setting up before the concert and cleaning afterwards. 

CONCERT OPERATIONS: This job involves helping with the various aspects and operations such as program distribution, backstage assistance, etc.  You will need to arrive 45 minutes before your scheduled assignment and possibly work 15 minutes into the concert.

FLYERS & TICKETS: This entails distributing concert flyers and tickets to the musicians at rehearsals before each concert series.  This may also include distributing concert flyers and tickets to schools, senior housing facilities, or other organizations in order to expand our audience size at concerts.

REHEARSAL & PARKING LOT MONITOR: Parents assist with the setting and cleaning the rehearsal room, as well as staying several minutes after rehearsal to ensure all musicians from have been picked up.

ATTENDANCE COORDINATOR: Parents arrive at least 20 minutes early to take attendance and provides weekly updates to the conductor and orchestra manager. A CYS computer is provided solely for attendance taking. Knowledge of Excel and Windows operating system is a bonus.

WEBSITE ASSISTANCE: Graphic designers, photographers, videographers are welcome! Other tasks may also include scanning of CYS photo albums or researching and saving newspaper articles about CYS, in order to help build the "CYS History" page of our website.

Recent Performance Photos