SCYO rehearsals are held at Chancellor State College in the Performing Arts block, the Music block and adjacent rooms, on Wednesday evenings. (Stage Band and Chamber Strings rehearsals are organised separately).
Musicians are required to be at the rehearsal room generally 15 mins before the start time, to enable earlier set up, instrument readiness and tuning to be completed, ready for a prompt start. Almost all SCYO events have before and after timing constraints, and have a policy to start and finish on time. All musicians are expected to help with pack up of seats, stands and ensemble equipment at the completion of rehearsal.
Musicians must advise their ensemble manager well in advance if they are going to be away from any SCYO performance or rehearsal that their ensemble is involved in. If it is a known absence, musicians should advise their conductor at the next possible opportunity. Some instrumentation is vital to some performances and conductors need to be aware well in advance if a absence needs to be compensated for in some way. Simply not turning up on the day is not acceptable and lets the entire ensemble down.
The SCYO publishes its events on this website for the year in advance, so potential conflicts can be avoided as much as possible. The planning of SCYO events, where possible, tries to take into account known school musical events. Some changes to the SCYO plan or times are unavoidable throughout the year as events firm up – any late changes are almost always advised to musicians at the last rehearsal prior to the events, always emailed, and are generally reflected on this website and advised through facebook.