COVID-19 Update

At this time, the GDYO is still proceeding with in-person rehearsals and performances.
We are continuing to follow and, in some cases, exceed State and Federal guidelines regarding COVID-19 safety.
We will continue to follow these guidelines as well as pay attention to local school districts’ activities and will make decisions accordingly as things develop.


All students must sign a liability release form before the start of the 2021-2022 season.


Due to the overwhelming number of cases, especially pediatric ones in the DFW area the GDYO will be enacting the following measures, effective immediately to help curb the spread of COVID-19

  • All students and staff are required to be masked while inside any of our rehearsal venues (Sammons, Willow Bend, UNT)
  • Parents will not be allowed inside rehearsal venues.
  • Students must submit a health self-assessment before attending rehearsal each week (available above)
  • If the student or any of their family members are ill, the student should not attend rehearsal.
  • Snacks will not be provided at rehearsals, students may bring a bottle of water and a snack if they need them.  The snack may only be eaten outside during break time.
  • Break time will be limited either by section, or eliminated altogether. Each ensemble will have a different approach, please refer to your newsletter for details. 
  • Wind players (GDYO, Philharmonic, Wind Symphony, GDYO Jazz & Flute Choir) may remove mask while playing, but should be worn all other times.  Brass Players need a bell cover on the end of their instrument.

In case of a confirmed COVID case

  • The GDYO must be notified immediately.
  • If the person has tested positive, they may not attend rehearsal for 14 days after either their initial exposure or the onset of symptoms. Additionally they must provide a negative Covid test result before doing so.
  • All members of that persons section must also quarantine for 7 days after exposure, and may return as long as they are not experiencing symptoms.

In case of Confirmed COVID exposure

  • The GDYO must be notified immediately.
  • The student may attend rehearsals, if they can provide a negative Covid test taken no sooner then 5 days after exposure to the infected person, otherwise they must quarantine for 7 days and can only return if they are not showing any symptoms.