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Berkeley Youth Orchestra’s Code of Conduct

To ensure the maximum benefit from your orchestra experience, BYO has established a Code of Conduct that promotes self-control and respect for others.  

Professional Behavior

  • Members are expected to bring all musical parts issued to them by BYO to every rehearsal (both orchestra and chamber parts), even when sharing a stand with a partner.
  • Members are expected to have a sharpened pencil with them during every rehearsal and to mark their own copies of the music with conductor notes, even when sharing a stand.
  • Members are expected to pay attention at all times, even when their section is not rehearsing.
  • Members must never talk when the conductor or a faculty member is speaking to the group.
  • Absolutely no gum chewing or eating are allowed during rehearsal.
  • All electronic devices must be turned off during rehearsal.

Respect and Courtesy to Others and Property

  • Be considerate and respectful of others.
  • BYO does not tolerate teasing, fighting, provocative or aggressive behavior.
  • Speak to and listen respectfully to peers and adults.
  • Use appropriate language during rehearsals, concerts, breaks and at all other times when representing BYO.
  • Respect others’ property, including their instruments. Do not touch or play with others instruments or BYO percussion instruments or accessories.
  • Clean up after yourself: throw away trash, pick up food you drop and throw away drink containers. No foods or drinks are allowed at the Laney Theater at any time.
  • Vandalism is grounds for immediate dismissal.


  • Members are to remain within the specified rehearsal and break areas at all times. Members must always be visible to music faculty or parent volunteers.
  • No playing in or on elevators, stairs, or bathrooms, and no running, wrestling, fighting, or other similarly disruptive behavior is tolerated during rehearsals.
  • Parents must pick up members immediately after rehearsals and performances.
  • Meet your child at the theater if you must leave early or come late, or if you are dropping something off.

Resolution of Code of Conduct Issues

  • Behavior is brought to the attention of the orchestra member.
  • If appropriate, resolution is encouraged between orchestra members and facilitated by an adult in charge – Coach, Orchestra Manager or Conductor
  • If negative behavior does not stop it will be brought to the attention of the orchestra member’s parents.
  • If there is continued problematic behavior, the orchestra member may be placed on membership probation and/or dismissed from the orchestra, at the discretion of the Conductor

Readiness for Rehearsals

Organizing and Managing the Music

At the start of every concert session, each member will receive the majority of his/her parts for that session.  Throughout the session, members may receive additional parts for concert preparation or to practice sight reading.  Members are expected to sort and organize the music and tape pages together or insert them in a 3-ring binder.

Instrument Upkeep

Each member is expected to maintain their own instrument.  String players must carry a full set of strings at all times in case any string breaks.

Learning the Music

Students must learn their music at home so that rehearsal time may be spent on musical concepts and developing the ensemble performance.  Parents are asked to help students design an effective, regular practice schedule.  Students should ask private teachers for help with orchestra music.  BYO music faculty may consult with parents and teachers to provide feedback or recommend focused attention on particular pieces or techniques if needed.

School Music Program Participation

BYO is not meant to replace school music programs, but to supplement them; therefore, members are expected to participate in their school music programs when offered.