PYSO Membership

This form should only be used by members once they have completed the audition process and been accepted to the orchestra.

  • College Student Contact Information

  • If you are a college student- please list your full mailing address at college. If not, please enter "NA" in required fields.
  • Member Agreement and Publicity Release Information

    By typing your name below, you hereby: Accept membership in the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra for the 2019-20 season; Agree to follow the policies and procedures established by PYSO; Acknowledge that you have been informed of the PYSO schedule of rehearsals and concerts in 2019-20 including the June 2020 Tour; Agree to abide by the PYSO’s attendance requirements and guidelines; Acknowledge that the membership dues for the 2019-20 season are $550; Authorize PYSO and its legal representatives to use and reproduce member’s name, image and voice in any and all PYSO publications, advertising, promotions and website for the 2019-20 season and that all materials shall be the property of PYSO solely and completely.
  • 2019-20 PYSO Attendance Policy

    A guiding philosophy of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra is that professional responsibility is critical to musical excellence. Absences from rehearsals are detrimental to the orchestra’s progress and counterproductive to your own personal growth. However, we understand that absences may be unavoidable and have developed the following attendance policy. Normally, students are permitted a total of 5 absences per season, not to exceed more than 2 in any one rehearsal cycle leading up to a major concert – in the 2019-2020 season. ● All members are expected to attend all scheduled orchestra rehearsals, sectionals, and performances. ● Absence Forms are located on the “For Members” page of the website and need to be filled out and submitted online no less than two weeks before the rehearsal date. The PYSO office Staff evaluates absences on an individual basis. If you have excessive absences regardless of the reasons, the PYSO Staff will contact you to discuss your status. ● PYSO members with more than five (5) absences for the season may be asked to re-audition for the following season if they wish to return. ● Reasons for absence will be treated on a case by case basis. ● Normally conflicts with religious holidays and/or mandatory school performances would not be counted as an absence if we are made aware of it in advance. ● Outside gigs (paid or non-paid) are not legitimate reasons to miss rehearsal, nor attending concerts or games that are not required school activity. ● In the case of sudden illness or emergency, please notify the PYSO office via telephone (412-392-4872); leave a message on v-mail if no one is in the office. ● The PYSO Calendar located under the “What’s Happening” tab on PYSO’s website includes the 2019-2020 season schedule and has the most up-to-date information for rehearsals and concerts. ● Weekly reminders as well as notices of last minute changes or cancellations will be sent out via text message or email to students and parents via “”. ● Excessive absences and/or missing a dress rehearsal may result in reassignment of parts, re-seating in the section, loss of principal status, not being permitted to play a concert, or in extreme circumstances, being asked to leave the orchestra. ● Continued “forgetfulness” on the part of members to notify PYSO office Staff of their absence(s) can result in reassignment of parts, re-seating in the section, loss of principal status, not being permitted to play a concert, or in extreme circumstances, being asked to leave the orchestra. ● Missing a dress rehearsal or concert is grounds for dismissal. SUBSTITUTES for Woodwind, Brass & Percussion Players: If you will be absent from a rehearsal, ASK your section mates to cover your part in your absence. Get their contact information at the first rehearsal so you can set this up BEFORE the rehearsal date you will be absent. TARDINESS & LEAVING EARLY: Late arrival to a rehearsal is not acceptable. It is unprofessional, irresponsible and extremely disrespectful to your colleagues. Significant tardiness or leaving early, or regular such occurrences, may count as an absence or partial absence.
  • 2019-20 Membership Dues

    2019-20 Season Membership Dues were due by August 15, 2019. Membership dues cover only 15% of PYSO’s annual operating expenses. The remainder is covered by grants, donations, fundraisers, and other income. PYSO provides scholarships for those that cannot afford the annual membership dues. Scholarship assistance, based on financial need or merit, is available for membership dues.

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