Covid-19 Plan

Frequently Asked Questions

Next season is one we are all looking forward to, and despite the continued challenges caused by the pandemic, we are excited for the upcoming season and committed to providing our students with a rewarding music education experience! Amidst all the uncertainty from Covid-19, the staff and faculty are working diligently in planning next season.

As the COVID-19 situation evolves and we receive additional guidelines from Santa Clara County, the California Department of Public Health, etc., we will update the FAQs.

How is GSYO starting the 21-22 season?

We will officially return to in person programming for all students next season (Phase 2 In-Person A below). Our students will be able to make music in the same space, have fun in person, and we will keep them safe!

Below is a revised table with programming phases; please review the table below:

PhaseDescriptionReview FrequencyCriteria to move to the next Phase
Phase 1: Online

All online:

  • Ensemble Rehearsals
  • Sectionals
Reviewed monthly by the Board, Faculty, and Staff

Phase 1 to Phase 2:

  1. SCC gathering mandates allow indoor gatherings*
  2. Health and safety criteria met
  3. Venues available
Phase 2: In-Person A

Strings, Percussion, Piano, Harp:

  • Indoor rehearsals with distancing; masks required; outdoor rehearsals considered.

Winds and Brass:

  • Outdoor rehearsals with distancing; aerosol masks/covers required. Extra lighting provided.
Reviewed monthly by the Board, Faculty, and Staff

Phase 2 to Phase 3:

  1. SCC mandates increase size of indoor gatherings
  2. Health and safety criteria met
  3. Woodwind/Brass students can rehearse indoors.
Phase 3: In-Person B

All instruments, in-person rehearsals with masks and distancing (limited to group size larger than Phase 2 of whatever size mandate allows)

Strings, Percussion, Piano, Harp:

  • Indoor rehearsals with distancing; masks required.

Winds and Brass:

  • Indoor rehearsals with distancing; aerosol masks/covers required.
Reviewed monthly by the Board, Faculty, and Staff

Phase 3 to Phase 4:

  1. SCC mandates increase size of indoor gatherings.
  2. Health and safety criteria met.
  3. Favorable risk assessment on proximity to wind/brass.
Phase 4: In-person, FullAll instruments meet for normal GSYO ensemblesReviewed monthly by the Board, Faculty, and Staff 

To briefly summarize our return to Phase 2-In Person A , we will return to in person rehearsals for all students. Group A will rehearse indoors (and outdoors possibly), wear masks, and distance; Group B will rehearse outdoors, use special aerosol prevention masks and equipment, and distance. The group size will be determined in accordance with Santa Clara County’s gathering mandates.

Are Retreats/Camps for Symphony/Sinfonietta/Galbraith online or in-person?

We are planning for in-person camps, with a Phase 2: In-Person A guidelines.

Will we have concerts in 2021-22 Season?

We have in-person performance dates scheduled and concert venues will be secured as possible; ultimately, the pandemic will dictate if these are viable. 

Will there be seating auditions?

Yes, we want our musicians to continue to prioritize their instrument playing and to have audition experience. Ensembles will receive music and/or  information related to seating auditions in the coming weeks.

Can I still join GSYO?

Yes! GSYO is holding auditions for the 21-22 Season! This Spring we are accepting video submissions. Detailed instructions are outlined on the Audition Requirements page.

In the Spring, there are openings for all instruments at all levels. Please see the individual orchestra requirement pages for open instrument listings.

Covid 19 Vaccinations

GSYO will not require students to get vaccinated to be a GSYO member; however, GSYO urges students to get fully vaccinated at the earliest opportunity; GSYO conductors/staff will be fully vaccinated.

Senior Symphony: GSYO will require proof of full vaccination for all 2022 Tour participants.

Woodwind/Brass Aerosol Prevention

GSYO students will be required to purchase aerosol prevention equipment and use it at all times for their safety and the safety of those around them: special masks, bell covers, etc. We will provide you links for the supplies we recommend in the near future.

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