2022-2023 ESYO Ensemble Handbook

2022-2023




2022-2023

ENSEMBLE HANDBOOK EMPIRE STATE YOUTH ORCHESTRA ETIENNE ABELIN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 2022-2023 ESYO Ensemble Handbook 1

2022-2023

WELCOME TO ESYO!

WELCOME TO THE 2022-2023 ESYO SEASON! We look forward to sounding together with you at in-person rehearsals and performances around the Capital Region. We invite you to dive in, challenge yourself, make new friends, and enjoy some “serious fun” with your fellow musicians. Now that you have accepted your position in an ESYO Ensemble, please take time to read this handbook and locate important information about your membership in ESYO. By accepting your placement in an ESYO Ensemble, you agree to do your best, come to rehearsals prepared, and adhere to ESYO’s Code of Conduct and Attendance Policy. If you have any questions not answered in this handbook, please contact your orchestra or ensemble manager for assistance. You may also email Sue Lascoe, Operations Director, at slascoe@esyo.org. Here’s to a great season for making music with friends. Rebecca Calos Executive Director 2 Omar Williams Board Chair 2022-2023 ESYO Ensemble Handbook

WELCOME TO ESYO!

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Overview................................................................................................. 4 Faculty & Staff ...................................................................................... 6 Program Guide........................................................................................ 9 Member Expectations & Policies......................................................... 12 Code of Conduct...................................................................................... 14 School Music Participation.................................................................... 17 Concert Dress Code............................................................................17-18 Tuition Rates, Payment Plans, & Tuition Assistance.........................20 Contacts & Communication .................................................................. 3 2 Rehearsal & Concert Schedules .......................................................... 7 2 Concert Tickets & Special Offers ........................................................ 28 Fundraising Expectations....................................................................... 31 Volunteering ............................................................................................. 32 2022-2023 ESYO Ensemble Handbook 3

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OVERVIEW

ESYO has provided outstanding music training and performance opportunities for young musicians from across New York’s Capital Region and Western New England since 1979. Beginning with a single orchestra nearly forty years ago, ESYO has grown to include 13 performing ensembles, a youth chorale, and free, community-based music program called CHIME. ESYO players are afforded exceptional learning opportunities with elite musicians, renowned conductors and passionate Teaching Artists. ESYO’s performing ensembles engage in over 600 hours of rehearsal per season and, combined, offer more than 30 public performances each year. ESYO has received three prestigious awards for its adventurous programming from the American Society of Composers, Artists, and Publishers (ASCAP) and has had 8 international tours, including participation in the World Association for Symphonic Band Ensembles Festival in Hungary in 2018, and a tour to Asia sparked by an invitation to perform at the 2012 World Expo in South Korea. MISSION ESYO challenges and inspires young people to achieve excellence through music in a rigorous learning environment leading to high-level performance opportunities. VISION ESYO aspires to create tangible and lasting benefits for our community Together we strive to: • Facilitate skill development for the 21st century • Nourish a new generation of leaders in the arts and society • Inspire lifelong stewardship of our shared musical treasures • Create a sustainable model to expand access to music education • Promote the use of music as an agent of social change SHARED VALUES Our shared values drive our mission and help us realize our vision. We have a passion for: • Musical excellence as a joyful pursuit and a pathway to personal growth • Access to enriched musical education and experiences • Service to youth as our primary customers • Collaboration among our musicians and ensembles, with our supporting schools and community partners • Community as an opportunity to engage, to grow and to give back 4 2022-2023 ESYO Ensemble Handbook

OVERVIEW

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION AT ESYO

ESYO is committed to creating a culture of inclusivity in all our spaces whether we are in a rehearsal, performance, or online. In April 2020, ESYO established a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion task force made up of young musicians, staff, and board members to ignite our commitment and journey towards ensuring ESYO is a place where all voices are heard, everyone feels welcomed, and our diversity is celebrated. We are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment regardless of ability, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, cultural background, national origin, citizenship, faith, ideology, or income. Throughout the season, ESYO members and stakeholders will be presented with opportunities to engage in conversations and workshops around our commitment to inclusivity. To learn more or to contact the chairperson of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force, please reach out to dei@esyo.org. All communication is confidential. 2022-2023 COVID VACCINE POLICY ESYO members will no longer be subject to a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for the 2022-2023 season. Masks and vaccination against COVID-19 are still strongly recommended as the best protection against illness and contagious spread. 2022-2023 ESYO Ensemble Handbook 5

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION AT ESYO

FACULTY & STAFF

2022-2023 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Omar Williams Board Chair Barry Richman Vice Chair Caitlin Mochrie Treasurer Mary Clyne Secretary Robert Altman Brian Axford Robert Bengraff Deidre Hill Butler Heather Chan Henk Elzenga James Haertel Stefon Harris Andrew LaCoppola Kara Lais Brian Sacawa Chris Shiley Elizabeth Silver 2022-2023 ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Rebecca Calos Executive Director Lisa Stulmaker Finance Director Sue Lascoe Operations Director and Repertory Orchestra Manager Andrea Restrepo Operations Assistant, Symphony Orchestra & String Orchestra Manager, and Librarian Anne-Marie Gorman Doyle Development Director Zoe Auerbach Young Leaders and CHIME Director David Bebe Enrichment & Curriculum Coordinator Justin Cook Marketing & Publications Manager Mary Rose Petrozola Administrative Assistant & Membership Services 6 2022-2023 ESYO Ensemble Handbook

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2022-2023 CONDUCTING STAFF

Etienne Abeline Music Director & Symphony Orchestra Joseph Gumpper String Orchestra Leo Milman Concertino Strings Richard Albagli Youth Percussion Ensemble Mark Foster Youth Percussion Ensemble John Antonio Chamber & Repertory Percussion Ensembles Genoveffe Vitale Chamber and Repertory Percussion Ensembles Dr. Robert Hansbrough Wind Orchestra David Beck ESYO Repertory Orchestra Julie Taylor Concertino Wind Choir Scott Hopkins Concertino Brass Choir Rae Jean Teeter Melodies Of Christmas Chorale Keith Pray Repertory Jazz Ensemble Hannah Dick Concertino Percussion Ensemble Dr Peter Bellino Youth Jazz Orchestra David Bebe CHIME Orchestra 2022-2023 ESYO Ensemble Handbook 7

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2022-2023 CHIME STAFF

ESYO CHIME, in partnership with the Schenectady City School District, invites all young musicians to pursue their musical talents through daily music instruction and outstanding music ensembles led by highly trained teaching artists. ESYO’S TEAM OF TEACHING ARTISTS INCLUDES PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS, SKILLED MUSIC EDUCATORS, AND ESYO ALUMNI committed to empowering all youth to joyfully pursue musical excellence within a supportive and inspiring environment. Learn more about ESYO’s team of qualified Teaching Artists at esyo.org/about/our-team. 8 2022-2023 ESYO Ensemble Handbook

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PROGRAM GUIDE

ESYO ENSEMBLES ESYO’s progressive program supports students in elementary through high school, growing with them as they expand their musical and personal capabilities. To learn more about each ensemble, visit esyo.org/programs/orchestras-ensembles. Progression of Ensemble Participation by Skill Level Area Strings Concertino Strings String Orchestra Woodwind and Brass Concertino Winds & Brass Wind Orchestra Percussion Jazz Voice Chamber Percussion Ensemble Concertino Percussion Repertory Jazz Orchestra Repertory Orchestra Symphony Orchestra Repertory Orchestra, Wind Orchestra Repertory Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Repertory Percussion Orchestra Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Repertory Percussion Orchestra Youth Jazz Orchestra Melodies Chorale ESYO CHIME CHIME (Creating Harmony Inspiring Musical Excellence) is ESYO’s intensive instrumental music education program. Operating in partnership with the Schenectady City School District, the CHIME program fosters within children a desire and excitement for musical excellence. CHIME works with families, schools and other community partners to help our students cultivate important skills for all areas of life, including collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. While instrumental offerings, grade levels served and program hours vary by location, the conviction that pursuing musical excellence is transformational, and that such an endeavor should be accessible to all, is central to CHIME. To learn more about CHIME, visit us online at esyo.org/chime or email chime@ esyo.org. 2022-2023 ESYO Ensemble Handbook 9

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