August 19, 2020

To Young Musicians and our dear MCYO families,

MCYO cannot wait to begin making music together with you live and in-person, but at this point in time, due to current COVID restrictions & in keeping with safety guidelines being implemented by regional school systems and other public venues, MCYO will start on-line for the Fall semester. Please know that we will be prepared to return to live rehearsals & concerts at the Music Center as soon as is safe to do so! The MCYO team has been working diligently to come up with new performance opportunities and enhanced virtual formats including:

  • live-streaming concerts
  • possible outdoor concert venues
  • a new immersive cinematic virtual orchestra concert experience!

Our staff has also been busy developing enhanced on-line rehearsal strategies which will provide our musicians with quality music instruction, rehearsals & sectionals, plus enrichment classes paired with a new and exciting partnership with University of Maryland School of Music.  MCYO will continue to rehearse on our typical Wednesday night schedule. Other classes, concerts and special events will be announced on our calendar.

As we enter our 75th Anniversary season of MCYO, we look forward to creating amazing, passionate musical memories and experiences for and with all of our musicians and families!  For see our various groups, watch our final Virtual Concert from last season, please visit our YouTube Page.

Yours Truly,
The MCYO team

MCYO will be rehearsing during our regularly scheduled Wednesday evening rehearsals time slots. Due to Covid-19 MCYO has pivoted all orchestral rehearsals and sectionals to online. Once safe to do so we will begin exploring live to live rehearsal opportunities. Mcyo will be using a myriad of new software including: Zoom, Soundtrap, Bandlab, RMS Rehearsal LIVE, and FlipGrid to enhance it’s virtual offerings and create an immersive, musical virtual orchestra rehearsal experience.

The MCYO team has been working diligently to come up with various new and exciting enhanced performance opportunities and concert formats including: live-streaming concerts (when safe to do so), possible outdoor concert venues, and a new and exciting completely immersive cinematic virtual orchestra concert experience! We are doubling down on our virtual offerings and working tirelessly to provide out musicians and families with the most cutting edge virtual performance opportunities.

Since we will be completely virtual in the fall, our conductors will be keeping our students engaged through online full orchestral rehearsals, the use of break out rooms, and through the use of new music software. It is our priority to keep our young musicians playing their instrument as much as possible while still keeping the musical intensity and passionate music making that MCYO has become know for!

Required Items to Participate in our online meetings:

  • Students will need a laptop or high powered tablet to participate in our virtual offerings.
  • Students will also need a pair of hardwired headphones (non bluetooth)
  • A USB microphone (such as Fifine or Tonor) and a USB to USB-C converter if using Apple products.
  • Please make sure you find a quiet space near your router that you will designate as your MCYO rehearsal space for the year.

If you have any questions on technology or if you will have trouble meeting the technological requirements please contact John Park at JPark@Strathmore.org