YSKC Spring 2020 Updates/Frequently
Asked Questions (FAQ)

Updated Monday, April 6, 2020

As the COVID-19 situation continues to disrupt daily life for all of us, we want to provide some information on how Youth Symphony of Kansas City is altering its plans in order to ensure the safety of our participants while still delivering on our mission.  This page will be updated as information changes. We are grateful for your patience, flexibility and understanding as we all cope with this rapidly evolving situation.


Questions about YSKC Online/Google Classroom

Q: How will my child access YSKC Online?

A: YSKC Online will utilize the Google Classroom platform.  In order to access Google Classroom, musicians will need a Google Account (or Gmail address).

All current musicians will receive an email through CutTime with access instructions and an access code to their respective YSKC orchestra.


Q: What will YSKC Online sessions consist of?

A: Each conductor will determine the activities that take place for each orchestra. Check into Google Classroom regularly for the latest information on what’s happening with each orchestra.


Q: Will my child need to have his/her instrument?

A: This will depend on the activities put forth by the conductor.  Please refer to postings in Google Classroom for guidance on recommended materials for the session.


Q: How many weeks will YSKC Online go?

A: Right now, we plan on concluding YSKC Online at the same time as our regularly scheduled programming on May 3, although some activity may continue into the summer.


General Questions

Q: Will my child’s orchestra meet again in-person during this season?

A: No. Due to restrictions in place regarding COVID-19, and out of concern for the safety of participating musicians, YSKC orchestras will not meet again during the remainder of the regular season.


Q: What is the status of the East Coast Tour?

A: In order to safeguard the health and well-being of all musicians, staff and volunteers, Youth Symphony of Kansas City’s East Coast Tour scheduled for June 2020 has been cancelled. All touring orchestra activities, including rehearsals and the send-off concert are also cancelled. We continue to be in communication with our touring company and will contact tour participants directly via email regarding updates.


Q. What is the status of YSKC’s Summer String Camp?

In order to safeguard the health and well-being of all musicians, staff and volunteers, Youth Symphony of Kansas City’s Summer String Camp scheduled for June 2020 has been cancelled.


Q: What is happening with auditions for the 2020-21 Season?

A: Our Annual Auditions have been rescheduled to take place in September. PERCUSSSIONKC Auditions will take place in August.  Complete details are here: www.youthsymphonykc.org/auditions 


Q: I already registered for 2020-21 Auditions.  Do I need to re-register or do anything else?

A: No. The registration process itself remains the same.  If you have already registered for 2020-21 Auditions, no further action is necessary.  We will reach out to all current registrants with updated information. However, the audition requirements have been revised.  Please visit www.youthsymphonykc.org for the most current and up-to-date audition requirements.  Audition requirements posted before March 25, 2020 are no longer valid.


YSKC 2019-20 Participation Commitments

Q: I did not fulfill all of my volunteer credits for the current season.  Do I need to do anything?

A: No.  Unfulfilled volunteer credits for the 2019-20 season are being waived.


Q: Can I get a refund for tuition paid for the 2019-20 season?

A: Although we are unable to meet in-person for rehearsals, Youth Symphony is migrating its programming online to Google Classrooms.  Since programming will continue in this way, tuition refunds are not being offered. All participating musicians are invited to join us online and will receive access information and instructions via email.  Our conductors and staff are excited to continue to create meaningful and enriching musical experiences in this new way!