Membership Rules


Rehearsals and Schedules

  • Saturday rehearsals are 9-11 am and Sunday rehearsals are 2-4 pm.

  • All rehearsals will be held at Penn State York in the conference room unless otherwise noted.

While the YJSO does its best to adhere to the schedule, there may be occasions when rehearsal dates and times must be changed.

Always check your email, Facebook, Remind, the news page, and the calendar page for the latest schedule dates/times, news, and any cancellations.


  • Percussion arrives 45 minutes early to help set up, and are expected to help put percussion equipment away at the end of rehearsal

  • Strings arrive 30 minutes early for tuning

  • All others arrive 15 minutes early for tuning

All scheduled concert times indicate the start of the performance. Concert arrival time for musicians will be announced by the conductor at dress rehearsal.  

Cancellations due to weather could be posted on the News page of the website as late as 8:00 am the morning of a rehearsal to properly assess the situation.  Late arrivals due to travel distance will be understood.  Communication to members is done primarily through email. Be sure to add to your address book.

Please note:  Snow Make-up days can be used as extra-rehearsals (if not needed to make up a cancelled rehearsal due to bad weather) at the conductor's discretion.

Each member must bring a music stand to every rehearsal in case his/her stand partner is absent.  Strings must share a stand with their stand partner. Members must have a pencil at their stand at rehearsals.

No cell phones or electronic devices of any kind are allowed at the student’s chair during rehearsals.  Students must leave all electronic devices in their instrument cases or with a parent prior to tuning and taking their position.

A notification of all absences must be sent in advance to Scott Kaliszak at or call 443.823.1965 if less than 24 hours’ notice. 



Near perfect attendance is expected.  A maximum of 2 absences per year are allowed.  Late arrival or early departure is considered 1/2 an absence.  With a third absence, scholarship application will be denied.  A fourth absence will be reviewed by the Board, at which time there will be a decision for continued membership.  Without exception, mandatory attendance is required at sectionals, dress rehearsals and concerts. In the event of illness on sectionals or dress rehearsals, orchestra seat is NOT guaranteed.  Orchestra and/or concert seating due to absence is at the determination of the conductor. 



Any member found defacing or destroying facility property or music owned by the YJSO will be dismissed from the group.

No snacks, including chewing gum, are permitted in the rehearsal room during rehearsals.  All wastepaper and trash are to be deposited in trashcans.

Members are to adhere strictly to break times and conduct themselves as representatives of their school.



All string members must belong to their school orchestra.  All woodwind, brass, and percussion players must belong to their school band OR orchestra.  All members must be in good standing with their school music department.  Their private music teacher must recommend Home School students who do not play in a school orchestra or band.

Students are required to take weekly private lessons on the instrument that they play in the YJSO.

The conductor reserves the right to hear members play their parts at any time.

All music must be returned at the end of each concert or a charge will be incurred.

Permission must be received to record or print any pictures of members for symphony promotion.

Audition prior to 9th grade for the York Youth Symphony Orchestra requires private teacher recommendation, and private teacher discussion with both the York Junior Symphony Orchestra Music Director and the York Youth Symphony Music Director.  If the student is given permission to audition for both organizations, the directors will determine the orchestra to which membership will be granted.

Any changes to your home address, telephone number, e-mail address, and private music teacher must be emailed to



All musicians must pay the membership fee of $150.00 for the first child. If paying for 2 or more musicians, a discount of $15.00 can be deducted from each additional membership.  Financial scholarships are available for those who qualify.


 These rules are also included in the handbook.