Due to the performance nature of music and the team effort required to perform with an ensemble, it is imperative that students and their families recognize that music performance is a commitment of time, effort, energy, and emotion.  Each and every member of the ensemble is crucial to the success of the ensemble!


A performing ensemble is a collective endeavor; therefore we need everyone to be present at all sectionals, rehearsals and performances.  Unlike other classes in which one’s presence affects only him/herself, attendance profoundly affects the entire musical group.  For this reason, attendance at ALL sectionals, rehearsals and performances is MANDATORY.

NOTE: Students involved in a performing ensemble recognize that they are making a primary commitment for the ENTIRE school year!

*HCPSS Policy 8090: Non-School Hour Participation Requirements for Elementary and Secondary Curricular Programs states that rehearsals and performances scheduled before/during/after-shool/evening are required of the student participant and may be graded by the instructor.

The HCPSS recognizes the following as excused absences:

  1. Serious Illness
  2. Death in the Family
  3. Required Court Appearance
  4. School Visitation
  5. Religious Observance

All other absences will be considered unexcused. 


Ensembles are performance based classes, as such, students will be required to perform in concerts throughout the year. All evening activities are announced well in advance and in writing.  Attendance at ALL sectionals, rehearsals and performances is MANDATORY.  A musical ensemble is a team and a team is at its strongest when everyone is working together.  Attendance is required not only to prepare each individual member of the ensemble, but to blend the individual sounds into a cohesive whole.  Even if you feel you do not need the rehearsal, the ensemble needs you!


  • Allow plenty of time when attending concerts.  Students will need to arrive well before the concert begins to set-up and tune.  Typically, students should expect to arrive 60 minutes prior to the beginning of a concert.  The audience will usually not be allowed into the performance space until 30 minutes prior.
  • Please plan to stay for the entire concert, even if your student is done performing.  We want to teach our students to be courteous and respectful and this includes supporting our fellow musicians by being a great audience.
  • Concert Etiquette requires that no one enter or leave the concert hall while a performance is in progress.
  • So that others might enjoy the concert without distractions, there should be no flash photography, talking, eating, drinking, smoking or excessive movement while a performance is taking place.  Cell phones should be turned off!
  • Dismissal after a concert may take some time as we must clean the performance area and reset.  We will dismiss the students as an ensemble once everything is in order.  Please DO NOT ask for special arrangements or put your student in the middle by asking them to ask us for special permission.  We must approach this as a team...everyone working together for the good of the ensemble.