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Season Calendar

September 11 First rehearsal of the season! Santa Rita Elementary School
September 18 Viola Immersion Workshop - 1:45-3:45 PM Santa Rita Elementary, Art Room
September 25 Viola Immersion Workshop - 1:45-3:45 PM Santa Rita Elementary, Art Room
October 2 Seating Auditions & Sectionals Santa Rita Elementary School
November 13 Senior Orchestra Concert Attendance: 2:30 PM Flint Center, Cupertino
November 27 Regular Rehearsal! Thanksgiving Weekend
December 3 Community Concert (Participation Voluntary) Redwood Villas Retirement Residences (Changed as of 11/13)
December 4 String Ensembles Concert Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College
Dec. 11 - Jan. 1 No rehearsals - Happy Holidays!
January 8 Rehearsal resumes
February 5 String Sectionals Santa Rita Elementary School
March 12 Senior Orchestra Concert Attendance: 2:30 PM Flint Center, Cupertino
March 18 Community Concert (IS ONLY - Participation Voluntary) Sunrise of Palo Alto 1:30 PM
March 19 * IS|WS|AO Festival Concert Canada College Theatre, Redwood City | *Junior Strings Attendance Requirement
April 7, 8, 14, 21, 22 (TBD) 2017-18 Season Auditions Foothill College
April 16 No rehearsal Easter Sunday
May 14 Senior Orchestra Concert Attendance: 2:30 PM Flint Center, Cupertino
May 28 Regular Rehearsal Memorial Day Weekend
June 3 Community Concert (Participation Voluntary) BridgePoint Center
June 4 String Ensembles Season Finale Concert Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College


Weekly Sunday rehearsals are held inside the Multi-purpose Room at Santa Rita Elementary School, 700 Los Altos Ave., Los Altos, CA 94022, unless otherwise indicated. Please arrive 15 minutes early to get your instrument out and tuned. We also need the help of several parents in the IS-AM session to help set up the rehearsal room. Please refer to the message board throughout the season for specific details, should the rehearsal location change.

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10:40 - 11:55AM

AM Group: 9:00 - 10:30AM
PM Group: 12:05 - 1:35PM


We will hold two (2) required workshops that will provide training in ensemble performance and practice. Times and locations are the same. The workshops consist of sectionals directed by professional musicians.


Every Fall, Ms. Kati Kyme offers Viola Immersion classes for Intermediate Strings violinists who want to take advantage of learning the viola. The two sessions of Viola Immersion class are free to any interested Intermediate Strings musicians. Interested players would need only to rent a viola by that time and bring it to class: Ms. Kyme will provide instruction and music. An online sign-up sheet will posted for this workshop.

What to bring to rehearsals & workshops:

  1. Your music. CYS will charge $25 to replace lost music.
  2. A music stand
  3. A pencil (always have this ready)
  4. Mutes, tuners, extra strings, etc.
  5. Yellow ID barcode card

REHEARSAL HALL friendly reminders:

  • Please put your instrument cases to the sides of the room and neatly out of the walkways and not next to your chairs (even if you sit at the very back of the section). Take only what you need to your seat. 
  • Please clean-up after yourselves.
  • Let's help keep our rehearsal room clean by picking up little items off the floor (i.e. napkins, pencils, water bottles, etc), even if the item does not belong to you.
  • Eat your snacks, sip your drinks outside the rehearsal room and, please, do not make a mess outside.

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Intermediate Strings:
Louise Tsoi - Newsletters

Yoko Hughes - AM Attnd

Jiye Choi - PM Attnd

Junior Strings:
Yvonne Ho - Newsletters

Tomoko Kitazoe - Attnd


Orchestra Manager:
Carmina Eylar

Office Managers:
Mrs. Pang (Mgr.)

Judy Chan (Asst. Mgr.)


Kati Kyme

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