Schedule for both virtual and in-person rehearsals

Sammons Center for the Arts
Kurth Hall (4th Floor)
3:30 – 4:30 Flute Choir

Meadows Hall (1st Floor)
5:00 – 6:30 GDYO Sibelius and Bach Air.
No assistant winds at this rehearsal.

Willow bend Church
2:30 – 3:30 GDYO Jazz Combo
4:30 – 5:50 GDYO Jazz Orchestra

Final Performance Schedule

May 2
Moody Performance Hall
YPO 11:00am – 12:00pm
DSE 1:00 – 2:00pm
Jazz Orchestra 3:00 – 4:00pm
Jazz Combo 5:00 – 6:00pm

May 2
Meyerson Symphony Center
Flute Choir 11:00am – 12:00pm
Sinfonietta 1:00 – 2:00pm
Philharmonic 3:00 – 4:00pm
GDYO Mozart Orchestra 5:00pm-5:30pm
GDYO Woodwind 6:30pm – 7:00pm
     Gounod, Petite Symphony (all 4 movements)
GDYO Brass 8:00pm – 8:30 pm 
     Buxtehude, Fanfare and Chorus 
     Barber, Mutation from Bach 

May 16
Moody Performance Hall
Wind Symphony 3:00 – 4:00pm

May 16
Meyerson Symphony Center

GDYO 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Bach, Air from Orchestral Suite #3 
Sibelius, Violin Concerto Mvmt. 1 
Rimsky-Korsakov, Capriccio Espagnole 


GDYO’s response to the Governor’s repeal of the Texas Mask Mandate. 

GDYO’s highest priority is safety. The GDYO will continue to follow the current CDC safety protocols of mask-wearing, social distancing and other health protections in all GDYO programming, since it is our duty to ensure the safety of our GDYO community. Mask-wearing and social distancing will be mandatory for students, staff, patrons, and anyone at a GDYO rehearsal, concert or event, since it has been clearly demonstrated that these protocols slow the spread of COVID-19.
If we fail to follow these guidelines, we are risking everyone’s health and well-being and are opening ourselves to litigation.



Dear GDYO Students and Parents,

As COVID cases are lowering around the metroplex and country, the GDYO board has decided to resume live rehearsals for those that wish to attend. All live rehearsals will also be streamed over Zoom for those that do not wish to attend in person.

Live rehearsals for the following groups will resume on February 28


LIve rehearsals will also resume for the remainder of the groups on March 7

FLUTE CHOIR (maybe…we only have two waivers)

All students will be required to submit a health self assessment before attending rehearsal. Please do so the morning of rehearsal.

All student will be required to be masked and social distanced at all time.  Parents will not be allowed inside the building.

Rehearsal schedule will be as follows.

Sammons Center for the Arts
PLEASE NOTE: Student rehearsing at the Sammons Center will need to bring an additional waiver provided by the Sammons Center.

Sammons Waiver 18+
Sammons Waiver Under 18

Kurth Hall (4th Floor)
1:30 – 2:30 YPO
3:00 – 4:00 DSE

Meadows Hall (1st Floor)
2:00 – 3:00 Philharmonic (starting March 7)
3:30 – 4:30 Sinfonietta
5:00 – 6:00 GDYO #1
6:30 – 7:30 GDYO #2

Willowbend Church
2:30 – 3:30 GDYO Jazz Combo Live
4:30 – 5:50 GDYO Jazz Orchestra Live

Wind Symphony and Flute Choir


All students wishing to participate at the live rehearsals must return a signed waiver to


  • Each rehearsal will be limited to either 20 string players or 10 winds.
  • Winds and Strings will be in separate venues; they will not be mixed together. (No classical percussion will be able to meet at the moment)
  • Rehearsal will last a max of 1 hour without break. No food or beverages are allowed.
  • Only students and staff are allowed in the rehearsal room. (Staff will be limited to 1 Conductor and 1 Orchestra manager)
  • Rehearsal rooms will have 1-2 HEPA Filters running on low during rehearsal. Between rehearsals, the room will be unoccupied and purifiers will run for 30 minutes so the air can be fully exchanged.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at all rehearsals.


String rehearsals will take place on the campus of the Addison Theater Center

15650 Addison Rd, Addison


Jazz and Flute Choir rehearsals will be at Willow Bend Church.

5701 W Park Blvd, Plano


Rehearsals will be scheduled between 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.


All participants:

  • Will submit a health self-assessment online every Sunday before attending rehearsal. This will include a current temperature. This self-assessment will also be used for attendance and contact tracing if needed.
  • Will inform GDYO if the student or any member of the student’s household has been exposed to COVID, so we may notify the other ensemble members. GDYO will maintain students’ health confidentially in accordance with HIPAA.
  • Must be masked (either cloth or surgical) at all times upon entering the venue. Students must provide their own mask.
  • Must maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing at all times.
  • Must provide their own music stand, music, rosin, pencils, etc.
  • Understand that they will not be allowed to share equipment. This includes, but is not limited to music stands, sheet music, pencils, instruments, bows, mutes, towels, etc.


All Winds

  • Must have bell covers attached to instruments wherever possible. If your instrument has a bell, it needs a cover. Students must provide their own bell covers. (Instrument bags are encouraged but not required.)
  • Must be masked while not playing. Split facemasks are preferred.



  • Must provide either a towel or puppy pad or cup to empty water onto. This must then leave with the student to be disposed of/cleaned.



Where do these waivers go?

Who decides who participates? The conductors of the ensembles in conjunction with the Music Director of the GDYO will be creating the rehearsal schedule.

Will everyone who wants to participate in person be able to do so? Eventually, yes. We will start with 4 groups on November 22. On Dec 6, we will expand to 6 groups, and then keep going. This allows us to see what adjustments are needed.

Will we be rehearsing every week? yes. The plan is for once you start rehearsing that you continue to do so every week. We will continue adding times and venues as needed.

Will rehearsals still be on Sunday? At the moment, yes.  We are also looking at the possibility of Saturday’s as well if the demand is there.

I said on the survey that I didn’t want to participate; can I change my mind? Yes. Just fill out and return the waiver.

I said I did want to participate; can I change my mind? Yes. Just please send us an email letting me know you wish to remain virtual.

I said I wasn’t sure if I wanted to participate. Either send us an email saying you do not wish to participate or send me a copy of the waiver.

What if I don’t respond at all? We will assume you are staying virtual, but we would really like confirmation from you.

Can I change my mind later? Yes, absolutely.

I am 18; can I sign my own waiver? Yes, you must sign your own waiver.

I am under 18; can I sign my own waiver? No. Your parents must sign on your behalf.

I am turning 18 in January/February/whenever; can I sign my own waiver? No. Your parents must sign it now, and you must sign a new copy after you turn 18.


Please let us know if you have questions.



The GDYO Faculty and Staff