Fall 2021 Youth Symphony Music

Professor Harry Davidson

Dear Youth Symphony members,

We are excited to see you for our first rehearsal on Saturday, September 11 in Bone Hall from 10:30am-12:15pm. Please arrive 5 minutes early to get unpacked and ready to tune. We are very fortunate to have Professor Harry Davidson conducting for our November concert. The repertoire will be: Telemann's Don Quixote Suite and Britten's Simple Symphony, which is anything but simple! Click the hyperlinks to listen to recordings before rehearsal, and parts are attached to this email in case you ever need another copy. We will have folders with music printed out for you on Saturday.

Our fabulous parent volunteers are Rob and Cheri Bowers: robandcheri@mac.com. Please email them if you will be absent from rehearsal. If you have any other questions, you can email our staff assistant Katharine Whitmore: katharine.whitmore@duke.edu or Erica Shirts: erica.shirts@duke.edu.

First, some Covid safety protocol: Everyone will have their own stand, music folder, and chair. Everyone will be placed at least 3 feet apart. Everyone should hand sanitize as they come in the door, and as they leave rehearsal. There are sanitizing stations throughout the Biddle Building, and we will also have hand sanitizer in Bone. Due to our maximum capacity restrictions, unfortunately we cannot have any family members watching rehearsal at this time.

Please bring: A well-fitting mask, your instrument, and a pencil (or 2 to be safe).

Important: If someone in your household or someone in your in-person classroom has Covid symptoms and/or tests positive, do NOT come to rehearsal the following Saturday. Simply email the YS parent assistant, and they will make sure to give you assignments that the conductor as given so that you can know what to work on during the week. If someone in the orchestra tests positive, the following orchestra rehearsal will be on Zoom. We have faculty and students with compromised immune systems, so we have to be extremely careful this semester. Please do not take any risks so that we can remain in person.

Please review our attendance policies HERE.