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Member's Handbook

By: Editor  Published: 10/3/2016

Download the EYSO Member's Handbook here.
Download the EYSO Member's Handbook here.


Orchestra musicians are required to attend all rehearsals, retreats and performances! They are expected to arrive on time and stay to the rehearsal's conclusion. Each musician plays an integral part in the success of the orchestra. A musician's absence affects the entire orchestra team.

An attendance sheet is posted inside the door of each rehearsal room. It is the student's responsibility to initial the attendance sheet at each rehearsal. Students should check the spelling of their name and write in any corrections, as this is how their names will be spelled in the concert programs. Students cannot sign in for another student.


If you have a conflict with a rehearsal or performance and it is not possible to work out an alternative arrangement, please notify your conductor well in advance. Your absence may impact scheduled sectional rehearsals and instrumentation.

For a planned absence:

Students should submit an Absence Notification Form at least two (2) weeks before a rehearsal absence and at least four (4) weeks before a concert absence.

The Absence Notification Form is located on the EYSO website, and when submitted will send an email to the attendance secretary and orchestra conductors. The link is located on the left sidebar of this page.

For sudden illness or family emergency:

Students should contact EYSO as soon as possible the day of rehearsal by email:


or inform our membership coordinator at 425-258-2028.

Please provide name, orchestra, instrument, date of absence, type (arriving late, absent, leaving early) and reason for absence.

Arriving late to rehearsal or leaving early will be considered ½ an absence (unless released early by conductor).

If a student has missed more than (2) two rehearsals during a concert cycle, participation in the concert will be at the discretion of the conductor.

A student's attendance record will be considered when determining orchestra placement.

School Music Program Policy

EYSO members are required to participate in their school music program on their respective orchestra instruments.

There are two reasons for this:

  1. EYSO is highly committed to supporting school music programs.
  2. Daily practice with a group is essential to developing orchestra performance skills.


Students must maintain a respectful relationship with the conductor and fellow musicians. Rehearsal rooms must be left clean and in order. It is very important to leave them in good condition. Parents are responsible for picking up their children immediately after rehearsal ends.


All orchestras rehearse every Monday night from Sept. 19, 2016 to May 15, 2016, except for school closures as observed in the Everett School District. Rehearsals are held at Henry M. Jackson High School Band and Choir rooms 1508 136th St. SE, Mill Creek, WA 98012.

All orchestra rehearsals begin at 6:00pm.

Sonata Strings concludes at 7:15
Concert Orchestra concludes at 7:30
Chamber Orchestras conclude at 8:30


Each musician is responsible for music distributed to him/her. Please bring your music to each rehearsal.


Sonata Strings musicians need to bring a music stand to every practice and dress rehearsal.


Concerts are held at The PUD Auditorium, 2320 California St., Everett, WA 98201.

Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door: $10 per adult, $5 per student. Plenty of free parking is available.

Concert dates TBD.

Concert Attire

Concert & Chamber groups
  Black dress shirt or blouse--partial sleeve ok, no thin straps or strapless blouses.
  Black pants/long skirt.
  Black bow tie optional.
  Black dress shoes.
  Black stockings/socks.

Sonata Group
White dress shirt or blouse--partial sleeve ok, no thin straps or strapless blouses.
  Black pants/long skirt.
  Black bow tie optional.
  Black dress shoes.
  Black stockings/socks.

PLEASE: No jeans, cargo pants, sneakers, etc. No bare midriffs or shoulders please.

Dress respectfully in a manner befitting your role as a representative of Everett Youth Symphony.


Tuition is the primary source of operating funds for the Everett Youth Symphony. The funds are used to pay conductor salaries, the music librarian, coaches, purchase new music, and pay for rehearsal space.

Tuition for the 2016-2017 season is:

  By Sept 19th 2-Payment Plan
Chamber Orchestra: $100.00 $50.00
Concert Orchestra: $400.00 $225.00
Sonnata Strings: $360.00 $205.00

Tuition, if paid in full by September 19th, is discounted by $50.00. Two-Payment plan payments are due September 26th, 2016 and January 23rd, 2017.
Students who are invited to play in a Chamber Orchestra must also play in the Concert Orchestra.
Partial tuition assistance is available. Contact us at membership@everettyouthsymphony.org for more information.
Tuition payments must be current to participate in rehearsals and concerts.

Concerto Competition

This season's concerto competition will be scheduled in January, 2017. The competition is open to all EYSO members. Musicians must have their music selection approved by our Music Director prior to submitting the application. The winners will perform during the 2016-17 spring concert. For competition requirements and application, click here.

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