Players are expected to attend all rehearsals and performances.
However, it is also understood that unavoidable conflicts do arise. Orchestra policy indicates that players who miss more than 20% of the rehearsals in the time period prior to a concert will not play in that concert. For instance, between the first September rehearsal and the Christmas concert, there are approximately thirteen rehearsals. Players who miss more than three rehearsals will not play in the Christmas concert unless Music Director, Al Denike, grants a special exemption. Such special exemptions will be granted only following discussion with Mr. Denike (306 586-3007).
In this way, the Board hopes that all players will budget their time wisely recognizing the need to make SSYO rehearsals a significant priority in their schedules. Rehearsals start at the posted times. Prior to each rehearsal, players set up chairs and music stands, and warm up their instruments. Tuning takes place at two minutes prior to rehearsal. The required arrival time is fifteen minutes prior to each scheduled rehearsal. After rehearsal, the players are to stack chairs and music stands for storage. Attendance will be taken at each rehearsal. Players are expected to learn their parts at home. Rehearsals are for putting the parts together and developing musical interpretation.
Concert dress for men consists of formal long-sleeved black dress shirt, black tie, black dress pants, black socks and black shoes.
Concert dress for women consists of long-sleeved black blouse, black below-the-knee skirt or long black dress pants, black hose or socks and black dress shoes.
Student representatives to the Board will be selected each year at the Banff Symposium. Student representatives are invited to attend the monthly board meetings.