Orchestra Policies


Concert Dress

Girls:  White long or ¾ length sleeve shirt, black dress pants or long (ankle length) black skirt, black hose or socks, with black dress shoes. Cellists: If choosing a skirt, please make certain that it is wide enough to play cello while wearing it.

Boys: Black pants, long sleeve white shirt, black neck tie. Black dress shoes and black dress socks.

Don’t forget that your child may grow out of their dress shoes on occasion. Please check them a few days before the concert to make certain that they still fit.


Quick Policy Guidelines:

Hold Harmless Form

All Students must have a Hold Harmless Form on file.

Please sign and return the
Hold Harmless/ Release form to MAYS4music@maysymphony.org.

Orchestra Handbook

All MAYS members receive an official Orchestra Handbook.

If you need a replacement copy, please contact us at


Orchestra students are required to attend all scheduled concert events.

If a conflict occurs, a parent must contact your MAYS Regional Orchestra Manager as soon as possible.

Attendance will be taken at each rehearsal.

If absences become excessive (over 3 absence per year) or interfere with rehearsal and performance objectives, the student and parents will have to meet with the Artistic Directors to determine whether the student can continue to participate in rehearsals and concerts.

Please arrange transportation prior to rehearsals or concerts.

Anti-Bullying Policy
The Metropolitan Area Youth Symphony (MAYS) is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all students so they can learn and participate in the orchestra in a fun, positive and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at any rehearsal, concert, or other MAYS sanctioned event. If bullying is reported to any parent or student, they should immediately report the incident to their respective teacher, conductor, orchestra manager, or any MAYS staff member who will ensure the complaint is investigated and dealt with promptly and effectively. We will promote a TELLING atmosphere. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is taking place is expected to report the incident.
The MAYS considers bullying to be behavior ranging from verbal teasing to physical aggression. It is our position that no amount of bullying is acceptable. Not all joking or horseplay is bullying, but when the intent or effect is to cause distress, repetition of such behavior is bullying and will not be tolerated.
Physical bullying can include pushing, hitting, or kicking a person or interfering with their property. Verbal bullying is the use of words or gestures to hurt or humiliate another person, including name-calling, racial or derogatory insults and teasing. It is the responsibility of everyone to stop bullying. If you are being bullied, or know of someone being bullied, you must tell parents, teachers, staff, or orchestra managers.
If a person involved in MAYS has taken part in bullying behavior, a warning will be given first. If the behavior continues, that person may be subjected to sanctions such as suspension or dismissal from MAYS. All incidents of bullying will be referred to the Program Manager, Artistic Directors, and appropriate Conductor which can result in further warnings, discussions with parents, further suspensions or exclusions, ineligibility to perform in concerts, and dismissal from the organization without refund.

For MAYS comprehensive anti-bullying policy, click here.