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Student Handbook


The following TMYO student policies have been adopted to ensure that all students have the best possible experience.

Table of Contents

  1. TMYO Attendance
  2. Rehearsals
  3. Rehearsal Supplies
  4. Music
  5. Concert Dress Code
  6. Tuition Policy
  7. School Enrollment
  8. Communication
  9. Parent Support

TMYO musicians are required to attend all rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and concerts.  Attendance rules are strict because the quality of the program depends upon orchestra members who are fully committed.  

After three absences in the same semester, the student and the conductor will be notified.  On the fourth absence of the semester, the student will be dismissed.  If an emergency situation occurs, please notify the Operations Manager immediately (  

Required Attendance

An absence from a required dress rehearsal or concert, as indicated in the schedule, without a justifiable excuse, shall result in automatic dismissal of the member.

School Schedules  
All participating students must follow the TMYO Program rehearsal schedule, regardless of individual school schedules, such as school vacations and holidays.
Please refer to the TMYO calendar before making any travel or vacation plans. 

Seating Audition Policy
Students, who do not attend seating auditions on the day of the auditions, will be automatically placed at the end of the section.



Student Commitment 
Like professional musicians, students are expected to be present and on time, and prepared for all rehearsals, dress rehearsals and performances.

Rehearsal Etiquette

  • Arrive early, set up, warm up by rehearsal start time.
  • No food/candy/gum or drink in rehearsal hall.
  • Appropriate clothing attire is required at rehearsal.
  • Do not use electronic devices during rehearsal.

Post Rehearsal Pick-Up
Because conductors and staff often need to leave promptly, parents must arrange to pick up students as soon as the rehearsal or concert ends. TMYO does not assume responsibility for students or their instruments.

Rehearsal Cancellations
In the event that a rehearsal cancellation is necessary, students will be notified via email.  The cancellation information also will be posted on the website.

Weather Cancellation Policy

If Hillsborough County Public Schools fail to open or if they close during the day on a scheduled rehearsal day due to weather, that evening's rehearsals will be canceled. However, weather conditions may change during a day when schools are open and make it necessary for us to cancel a rehearsal. In such cases, an email will be sent to TMYO families. The cancellation also will be posted on the home page of our website by 4 p.m. You may assume that the scheduled rehearsal will take place if we have not provided a notification of cancellation by that time. Please make sure we have an email address for you that you will be able to check during the day.

We recognize that our families come from a variety of locations and that many of you travel long distances to attend TMYO rehearsals. We will try to learn as much as we can, but we cannot always know the road and weather conditions on all of your routes. If you feel it is dangerous to attend a rehearsal, please stay home! Your safety is our primary concern.




What to Bring to Rehearsal

  • Your instrument and all proper accessories (mutes, rockstops, extra strings, percussion mallets, etc.)
  • A pencil with an eraser. It is important not to use pen on music; it is often rented and cannot be returned with pen marks. Keep in mind that you will be responsible for all music checked out to you, and you will be billed for all music lost or returned late.
  • Your music in the proper music folder. Do not rely on your stand partner; bring your music to every rehearsal. Keep your music in the folder labeled with your name.
  • Emergency repair items (strings, reeds, etc.)



Music Replacement Fee
It is the student's responsibility to be certain that he or she has all the music that has been assigned.  Bring your folder to every rehearsal.  Do not rely on your stand partner, as he or she may be unexpectedly absent. 

Any lost or damaged music may be charged to the student's family.  If a student repeatedly needs new music, a replacement charge of $5 may be charged. Students should handle their music carefully and return it on time, as announced in rehearsals. 


Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra



  • Black dress
  • Long-sleeve black blouse
  • Long or calf-length skirt or black trousers
  • Dress shoes



  • Full black tuxedo including:
  • White tuxedo shirt
  • Black bow tie
  • Cummerbund or vest
  • Black tuxedo slacks and jacket
  • Black dress shoes

Symphonic Strings and String Concertino



  • Long-sleeve white blouse
  • Long or calf-length skirt or black trousers
  • Dress shoes



  • Black tuxedo pants or dress slacks
  • Solid white tuxedo shirt or dress shirt
  • Black bow tie
  • Black socks
  • Black dress shoes


The Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra is a non-profit organization.  Tuition for TMYO is $420/year, which may be broken down to $210/semester.  Tuition is due and payable during the first three weeks of rehearsal each semester.  

Please note:  If your family falls into a financial hardship throughout the season, please contact Nancy Lorenzen, operations manager, If necessary, payment plans and scholarships based on financial need are available to assist TMYO families with tuition.

Students who have not paid tuition during the first three weeks of rehearsal will not be allowed to participate in seating auditions.  In addition, students who have not paid tuition when due will be required to have permission from the executive director in order to continue participating in TMYO.   Any student with an outstanding balance owed to TMYO will not be allowed to audition for future TMYO seasons until the outstanding tuition balances have been paid in full.


Enrollment Requirement
Students are required to enroll as regular members of their school band or orchestra, if offered. 

Orchestra Program
Students accepted into the program on a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass and harp) must be enrolled in their school orchestra. 

Band Program
Students who are accepted into the program on a wind, brass or percussion instrument must be enrolled in their school band.

Home School
Home School students who also elect to attend classes at a school are subject to the same TMYO program membership requirements as public, private or parochial school students.



The TMYO staff communicate with students and parents primarily via email. Students and parents will receive emails on a regular basis regarding rehearsal schedules, performances and other important events. Please be sure to keep the operations manager updated with any email address changes.  Send any changes in your contact information to  If you feel you are not receiving TMYO emails, check your junk/spam folder as this is often where mass emails end up. Please note: if you do not use email, please advise us on the best way to contact you.



The TMYO website is the best place to find current information about rehearsals, performances, and other activities.  Please bookmark our website:


TMYO parents supply vital support for the TMYO program. Assistance at rehearsals and concerts, helping with a fundraiser or orchestral communications are all things in which we might ask for your help. Anyone who is eager to become involved in projects within the TMYO program is encouraged to volunteer -- contact  Please share your talents, interest, ideas and time with the TMYO Program!

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