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  Cowichan Camerata String Orchestra (CCSO) Information & Policy Statement

Fall-Winter 2021 and Winter-Spring 2022 Terms (Updated Sept. 2, 2021)

This orchestra began in autumn 2006 as an opportunity for string players of varying abilities to gather and produce beautiful music for the community. Commitment to practice and attend rehearsals consistently is expected to achieve best possible performances at end of term concerts. During the current pandemic it is essential to follow our provincial health officer’s orders and our COVID-19 Safety Plan which includes staying home if sick, maintaining physical distancing as much as possible and washing or sanitizing hands frequently. PHO orders now mandate that when together indoors we all wear masks covering mouth and nose. In addition, as of September 13th proof of having received at least the first dose of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for all those attending our indoor rehearsals and performances. By October 24th participants must show proof of being fully vaccinated—having received dose 2 on or before October 17th.

Potential new members are requested to have a meeting with the Music Director (accompanied by a board member if possible) for evaluation purposes to determine readiness to play with the orchestra and whether lessons may be recommended before joining.

Orchestra dues for the 2021 fall-winter and winter-spring indoor sessions have been set at $100/adult and $80/youth (< 19 years of age) per term. Dues provide necessary funds for paying our conductor and covering other operating costs including venue rentals and insurance. Please pay the treasurer before September 30, 2021 and January 31, 2022.

Rehearsals will be held on Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room at the HUB, Cowichan Station. A commitment to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of rehearsals (30 minutes before concert performances) is required in order to set up your own chair, music stand and tune up instrument, etc. Members who must miss a rehearsal should notify their section leaders if possible or else the Music Director. Rehearsal audio recordings may be made available to catch up on the Music Director’s instructions. The conductor reserves the right to inform certain members if they have not attended enough rehearsals and are not sufficiently prepared to perform in concerts with the orchestra. Tentative performance dates are Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, and possibly Sunday, Dec. 12th—venues yet to be finalized; Spring concert date(s) and venue(s) yet to be determined.

Ongoing operations of the orchestra are handled by an elected or appointed board of directors. Please consider serving on the board of directors for a two-year term. Our website and Facebook page Cowichan Camerata String Orchestra are periodically updated with information including upcoming concerts. Those interested in joining are welcome to contact us at . Your signature below indicates that you agree to abide by the orchestra policies outlined above, that you assume any risks of participating and that you are aware that rehearsals and concerts may be recorded (audio and visual) for learning purposes and publicity.

Enter your COVID-19 Vaccination dates: dose 1 ________________ ; dose 2 ________________. Please also provide your contact information below, sign, date and return this document to the board secretary.

Email: _____________________________________________________. Cell Phone #: _________________________.

____________________________________________ (print member name). Home Phone #: _____________________.

________________________________________ (signature of member/guardian). Date: ________________________.

CowichanCamerata Admin,
Sep 5, 2021, 10:58 AM
Harwood Reimer,
Jun 14, 2021, 8:10 AM