Members are expected to attend all rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and concerts. The General Manager or an assistant will take attendance each week. Please check in with that individual to mark the attendance sheet and pick up any announcements or forms that may be available.
Absences due to family, school, work, or school commitments should be reported in writing in advance. (See Absence Alert Section on this page). Unexpected absences due to illness or family emergency should be reported by leaving a voice mail message at the office.
If a member misses too many rehearsals to be a useful part of the orchestra (in the judgment of the conductor), the member may be asked to forego the upcoming concert. In cases of continued absences, the member may be asked to leave the orchestra altogether.
If members know in advance that they cannot play in a concert, or will miss more than three (3) consecutive rehearsals, they should request a leave of absence and return their music. Because repertoire is chosen based upon the makeup and strengths of the ensemble, the absence of any single member from a concert may affect the whole group. If members miss a concert for any reason other than an emergency, and the conductor deems their part to be essential to the success of the performance, the cost of hiring a substitute musician will be the responsibility of the member.
Insofar as parent participation is essential to the activities of their minor children, it is expected that they will make every effort to ensure their ability to comply with this policy, since the child, and the parent, will be affected by failure to comply.
How to Report an Absence:
If you must miss a rehearsal or performance, please do one of the following:
Complete this form:
Call the office: