COVID-19 and SCSYO Rehearsals



SCSYO will be following the most recent protocols laid out by the Brevard Public Schools, International Coalition of Arts Organizations Aerosol Study and the American String Teachers Association Return to Learning Guidelines. 

For all SCSYO students:


  • First and foremost, if you do not feel well, you should not come to rehearsal (flu, COVID, fever, signs of contagious illness). If anyone one in your household has tested positive for COVID, do not attend rehearsals until two weeks after the entire household is clear of the illness

  • Doors used for entering and exiting the building will be staggered. If you arrive prior to your check-in time, please stay in your vehicle until it is time to enter the building.

  • In order to maintain proper social distancing for our students, parents may not enter the building for rehearsals.

  • Weekly check-in for each ensemble will be just outside the rehearsal room doors.

  • Everyone will be required to be wearing a mask upon entering the rehearsal building.

  • At all times students should maintain proper social distancing while in the building.

  • *****Bring your own folding stand, pencil, and music to rehearsal*****

  • Chairs will be set up at the proper spacing (3-feet, 9-feet for trombone) by staff before rehearsal. Do not move the chairs from the designated positions (except for perhaps a slight turn to better see the conductor). The entire rehearsal space will be disinfected before and after our use

  • Mask will be optional during rehearsal. ( Wind players see below)

  • After rehearsal and at the start of a break, remain seated and secure your equipment. Once everyone is ready, rows will be dismissed individually starting with those closest to the exit door. Please leave the room and building promptly and in an orderly fashion

  • Music will be distributed digitally PDFs in an email to all students. Once you have a part assignment, you should download your part. Print your part or load to an electronic device (such as an iPad).

Wind/Brass Students (be sure to see bell covers and mask info):

  • Based on recent research, wind players (except flute) will need a specially-prepared mask for playing, that is, a mask with a tiny hole cut near the mouth large enough to allow mouthpiece access. Wind players also need to apply a ‘cover’ to the bell of their instrument. (picture HERE)

  • Flute players will be required to play with an unaltered mask (no cuts). A standard surgical mask works fine for this purpose. Insert the flute behind the mask. Watch this video:

  • Based on recent scientific studies, all wind instruments will be required to have a bell cover on their instrument to minimize aerosols (also available to purchase HERE and HERE, DIY pattern HERE and HERE. This can be created in a simple, inexpensive manner with materials available from your favorite store. (Pantyhose is one recommended material source that is very inexpensive.) Two layers of the nylon material will be needed. Secure with a rubber band. This applies to flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, and tuba. Details for French horn will be available soon

  • All wind and brass instruments create some amount of moisture that must be controlled by the player. No moisture should be deposited on the floor. ALL wind and brass players are required to bring something to capture this expelled water… A ‘puppy pad’ (available from a pet store) or a ’self-absorbent diaper’ (available from many retailers) is recommended.