1. Are there rehearsals during the school holidays?
Yes – YSDP rehearses at the regular time on school holidays (Columbus Day, MLK Day, President’s Day). YSDP has winter and spring break, in which rehearsals are not scheduled in accordance with the Naperville School District 203/204 calendars. Rehearsals on school holidays are held at the usual location, Arrowhead.
2. How do we get concert tickets?
Concert tickets are available for sale in the lobby of our concert venue beginning two hours before the concert start. Musicians in YSDP have first access to tickets, so numbers may be limited. Click here to reach the upcoming concert information or to purchase tickets.
3. How are seats assigned? Are there challenges for seats/chairs?
Seating assignments are determined by the conductor before the concert season starts. The conductor has the right to change seating assignments as needed and/or due to attendance, behavior, or other reasons that may affect the seating of the musicians. There are no challenges held for chair/seat positions unless deemed necessary by the conductor(s).
4. How is it determined who is in Sinfonietta Strings, Philharmonia, Concert, or Symphony Orchestras?
Auditions are held each spring to determine the membership of the orchestras. Generally, advanced upper elementary and middle school-age musicians are in Sinfonietta Strings and Concert Orchestra. Advanced middle school and high school musicians may be in the Symphony Orchestra based on their audition performance and playing ability. Most importantly, placement is determined where the student will best develop musically. Changes between orchestras may occur if deemed necessary by the conductor(s) during the concert season.
5. When are the auditions?
Auditions are held each spring, usually in late April/early May. Everyone auditions each year, returning and new members. New members may audition in August if there are further instrumentation needs. Select pieces may need instruments not used consistently in the orchestra which may also need auditioning throughout the concert season. All auditions are at the discretion of the conductor(s).
Further information on auditions is here.
6. What is an appropriate concert dress for musicians?
As listed in our Membership Guidelines, concert dress is formal, tux or suit, for boys and full-length black dresses for girls. Black shoes/socks are required for all musicians and limited jewelry. For complete details, see our Membership guideline book. Musicians are responsible for providing their own attire.
7. Does YSDP need volunteers?
YES – YSDP can maintain its modest tuition because we use many parent volunteers. We often need help with attendance, rehearsal set up and tear down concert preparations, and marketing. If you are interested in volunteering for YSDP, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. Are fundraisers required for parents/musicians?
At present, we do not require parents or student musicians to do any fundraising to support the organization. On occasion, YSDP may host a fundraising event that is suggested to attend, but not mandatory. We do ask for parent volunteers to help defray costs.