FAQs RFYO Programming 2020-21

Does my tuition cover rehearsals between July and December? Are we going to have rehearsals after it gets cold in the fall?


A usual fall semester for RFYO includes 8 rehearsal weeks (Sept through October) and a concert, then a break for Thanksgiving and 1 or 2 more rehearsals and the holiday concerts. So the usual fall calendar includes 10 rehearsals and 2 + concerts. This year we are shifting the 10 rehearsal weeks up into the summer — so between July 20th and the end of September we will have 10 rehearsal weeks. 


We do plan to offer some online workshops and studio classes in the fall, but are basically thinking of these as a bonus, and musical enrichment to support your lessons. We will not be offering weekly rehearsal groups for all students online like we did in April 2020 after we complete the 10 rehearsal weeks outdoors. Instead the online workshops will have specific themes and students eager for more can participate in as much as they wish. These include note-reading, audition preparation, technique classes, music history/theory, holiday music and studio classes. 


If the weather stays nice, or if we miss a week or more for colder weather in September, we could even continue for a week or more into October with outdoors groups. We may also supplement with online classes if weather prevents us from completing the 10 weeks outdoors. 


How about concerts?

Concerts are not yet planned because it is our priority to keep everyone safe and avoid large group gatherings. If we have an opportunity for some small informal outdoor concerts with very small, distanced audiences we will let you know! 


Should we pay tuition for the entire year or just the fall semester at this time?

Either way works, but please feel free to just pay the $200 for the current semester if you wish. This covers the 10 outdoors rehearsal weeks now through early October plus the extra (optional) online workshops/studio classes this fall. 


We have not yet confirmed a calendar or plan for the January-May semester as we are waiting to see what will be best closer to the time. We will definitely offer something during that time, but will wait to announce the plans until closer to the time. Tuition for the current semester $200 is due in part or in full by August 20th. Paying by check saves us paying extra fees, but check or PayPal are both options. 


What if I cannot join until September or I haven’t yet registered?

You are still welcome to participate! Please contact Sarah or Bill about this option. We can help you catch up on the music and join in with an outdoor group for the remaining rehearsals. You are also welcome to sign up for any of the online workshops or studio classes in October or November too. To register go to RFYO.org


What do we do if it rains?

In Carbondale, all groups happen rain or shine because the stage offers excellent shelter. We had groups yesterday during the huge downpour and it was perfectly dry for all instruments and players. 


In Glenwood, plan on being there unless you specifically hear from us. We have access to the picnic shelter in Veltus park and can set up under there in case of inclement weather. 


In Aspen or Eagle, plan on meeting no matter the weather unless you hear otherwise from Brittni or Sarah respectively.


What is Chamber Music? What is JamCamp?

Chamber music is when a group of musicians plays together without a conductor. The musicians play together by leading, listening, cueing, collaborating, learning each others' parts and playing their own parts so confidently so that they can stay together and create music collaboratively. Traditionally, you may think of a string quartet as chamber music, but the size of the group could vary between 2 and 10 + players. 


JamCamp is the RFYO’s bluegrass/improv/blues/fiddle music program, created and led by Ross Kribbs. Usually it is a summer day camp format which is where it got its name, but right now it is a group that meets at 5:00 on Tuesdays in Carbondale on the stage. Playing this style of music includes all of the aspects of chamber music as described above too! Traditionally this involves violin players (usually called fiddle in bluegrass music), bass, mandolin, and guitar, but for RFYO it can include any strings — cello, viola, violin, or bass.


Have another question? Please don’t hesitate to ask, it is likely that others have the same question. 

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