Youth Symphony of Kansas City 2021-22 Season
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

Updated August 27, 2021

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Q: Are students who have not received a Covid-19 vaccine eligible to participate this season?

A: Vaccination is strongly encouraged.  Because a vaccine is not yet available for children under the age of 12, vaccination is not required.  YSKC encourages parents and individuals to contact their medical practitioner if they have questions about vaccination.


Q: How might Covid-19 vaccination requirements instituted by area venues affect my child’s participation?

A: Youth Symphony of Kansas City will only perform in a venue that is accessible to all of its musicians.  We are in communication with venue administrators to understand what impact, if any, their regulations have on student participation.  Please note that venues may have different rules for audience members than for performers.


Q: Are audience members (vaccinated OR unvaccinated) able to attend Youth Symphony concerts held indoors?

A: First and foremost, the health and safety of our musicians, families and staff remains the priority.  Each performance venue maintains its own policies pertaining to audience members and attendance.  Youth Symphony of Kansas City does not dictate such rules and regulations in effect at area venues.

Our hope is that each performance will be able to accommodate an in-person audience; however, regulations set forth by the venue, and/or local government entity, as applicable, shall be the final authority on matters relating to audience attendance.

For specific information about venue policies, please visit the websites for Midwest Trust Center at Johnson County Community College at and Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts:


Q: What Covid-19 safety measures will be in place for the upcoming season?

A: All musicians, volunteers and staff will be required to wear a face covering for the duration of their participation in rehearsals, performances and all other Youth Symphony activities.

Additionally, all participants will be required to respond to a brief on-site entry screening at the time of attendance check-in.

If a musician, volunteer or staff has exhibited common symptoms affiliated with or tested positive for Covid-19 within the last 10 days, they will be asked to stay home.


Q: What measures will be taken if a participant tests positive for Covid-19 within the days following attendance at a Youth Symphony activity?

A: In addition to detailed attendance records, Youth Symphony creates seating charts and seating assignments for all musicians.  Should an attendee test positive for Covid-19 after recent participation, the individuals seated in closest proximity to the individual will be notified of potential low risk exposure.

While we cannot require participants who test positive for Covid-19 to share their test result with the organization, doing so is strongly encouraged out of courtesy for all Youth Symphony participants and the greater wellness and health of our community.  Any reporting of a positive Covid-19 test will be kept in the strictest confidence.  No personally identifiable information will be divulged in a potential low risk exposure notification to participants.


Q: Will there be any online participation options available for those uncomfortable with in-person instruction?

A: At this time there are no plans for an online program.  In the event that local, state or federal mandates restrict in-person gatherings which would preclude scheduled programming, Youth Symphony reserves the right to transition programming online, as necessary.


Q: What are your plans for performances?

A: First and foremost, the health and safety of our musicians, families and staff is the priority.  Our ultimate goal is to return to a live performance format with an in-person audience in area professional concert halls. 


Q: What ensembles will be available?

A: Each ensemble is dependent upon the number of students who audition and are accepted into the program.


Q: How will students be placed in an ensemble?

A: Similar to last year, auditions will take place through video submissions.  Click here for full audition requirements and details.


Q: Will volunteer hours be required or available?

A: Volunteer hours (and/or volunteer fees) are not a part of this year’s participation commitments.


Q: Are musicians required to participate in their school band or orchestra program in order to be in Youth Symphony?

A: No.  Due to potential scheduling conflicts and inconsistent availability of school orchestra/band programs for the 2021-2022 school year, students are not required to be a member of their school orchestra or band.  However, all musicians are strongly encouraged to take part in their school music programs.

If you have additional questions that are not addressed here, please contact YSKC Director of Operations Russ Pieken at or 816-897-0577.