QUESTION: How many groups does SMYOC have?

ANSWER:

SMYOC has 7 groups:
  • Rehearsing in St. Mary`s County, often at Patuxent Presbyterian Church:
    • Youth Choir - called Capella (since 2015)
    • Preparatory Choir - called TrebleMakers (since 2015)
  • Rehearsing in Prince Frederick, often at Calvert Middle School:
    • Youth Choir (since 2016)
    • Preparatory Choir (since 2016)
  • Rehearsing in southern Calvert County:
    • Preparatory Strings Orchestra (new in August 2016), often at Asbury Retirement Community
    • Youth Orchestra (since 2013), often at Patuxent High School

QUESTION: What time of year does SMYOC rehearse?

ANSWER:

We divide the year into 2 seasons, broadly aligned to the public school seasons. The first season (the Fall season) runs from August until December each year, the second (the Spring season) from January to June. We take a short break at the end of December until January and a longer break from June to August. In the Fall, the first rehearsal is usually at the end of August, in preparation for a concert at the end of November. We usually have a holiday season concert in December too. In the Spring, the first rehearsal is usually at the beginning of January after the public schools have returned to work, in preparation for a concert in late May or early June. We adjust the dates each year in an attempt to avoid conflicts with other musical events, such as school and tri-county rehearsals and concerts.

QUESTION: What time of day does SMYOC rehearse?

ANSWER:

Each group has its own rehearsal times, dependent upon the availability of facilities and the Conductor of the group. All our groups rehearse during the evenings on either a Monday or Tuesday, usually starting between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM. The groups containing the most young children start earlier. Rehearsals are typically either 90 minutes or 2 hours in duration. As a concert approaches each season, additional rehearsals (such as "Dress Rehearsals") are required and these sometimes take place during a weekend.

QUESTION: What should I do if I cannot make a rehearsal due to illness or an emergency?

ANSWER:

If you need to miss a rehearsal due to an illness or emergency, please send an email to your ensemble manager.

QUESTION: How many concerts does each ensemble perform each year?

ANSWER:

Most perform 4 concerts per year, 2 in each season.

QUESTION: I`m in a Prep Group and would like to move up to the Youth Group. When may I audition?

ANSWER:

Please discuss your desire to advance to a Youth Group with the Conductor of your current Prep Group. You will be told whether now is a good time to move. You will need to auditon to move from a Prep Group to a Youth Group.

QUESTION: If I have a school music requirement at the same time as an SMYOC rehearsal or concert, does school or SMYOC take precedence?

ANSWER:

The school music requirement comes first, however ensemble managers must be notified as soon as you are aware of a scheduling conflict.

QUESTION: May I invite guests to a rehearsal?

ANSWER:

All SMYOC members are encouraged to "bring a friend" to a rehearsal, but we ask you to avoid bringing friends who are not interested in joining us. Please notify your ensemble manager if you plan to bring someone, so music may be made available.

QUESTION: May I bring a snack and a drink to rehearsal?

ANSWER:

Yes you may. Please respect our rehearsal facilities! When we leave the room after rehearsal, it must be as clean as it was when we arrived.

QUESTION: How did SMYOC get its name?

ANSWER:

The Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra was formed in late 2012 by the fabulously amazing Mrs. Julia Nichols. Julia`s vision was to provide advanced musical opportunities to youth in the "tri-county" area i.e. Calvert, Charles and St. Mary`s counties. In September 2014, the Southern Maryland Youth Choir was formed under the same Board. During Spring 2015, the name of the organization was changed to Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra and Choir (SMYOC). The 2 musical groups are jointly managed under a single Board.