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LATEST INFORMATION and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)




Urgent Matters: Robert Vann, SYS General Manager (916) 399-3555


Updated: August 25, 2020

Retirement Roast for Maestro Michael Neumann

  1. Has the Retirement Roast been re-scheduled? Answer: It has been postponed. We hope to hold the event as soon as conditions allow..  Please check back.


Open Auditions 

 1. Are Open Auditions scheduled? Answer: Yes. However, we have moved the auditions to an online format in which students will submit video auditions. Late auditions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Please call our office.

2020-2021 Season

1. Will there be a 2020-2021 season of SYS?  Answer: Yes. At this time, we believe that we will be able to have our season.  It should begin on September 1st.  As we are constantly receiving new information in regards to COVID-19, we may need to make significant modifications to our program in order to serve our musicians while keeping the safety of our members, families, and community as our top priority.  Decisions will be announced as we approach the start of the season.

We are considering the possibility of socially distanced outdoor rehearsals for string players coupled with virtual performance experiences for the first part of the season.  Winds, Brass, and Percussion will start the season with Virtual rehearsal. We are hoping to return to indoor rehearsals as soon as possible. Members can find more information on this in the Members Only section on our webpage.

Personal Interaction

With respect to the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the Sacramento Youth Symphony (SYS) is following the guidelines set forth by the Sacramento County Department of Health Services ( and information from the CDC.  We are putting in place appropriate social distancing protocols and other safety recommendations for our type of organization. Including use of masks, temperature checks, and proper sanitization protocols.

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