COVID-19 and TYO Rehearsals


“For as long as there have been people, there has been music. Music makes us more human and making music together makes us better people. Music making with others teaches empathy, acceptance, and understanding. Music making is essential to the human experience.”


TYO will be following the most recent FSU College of Music's Protocols COVID-19.

For all TYO students:


  • First and foremost, if you do not feel well, you should not come to rehearsal (flu, COVID, fever, signs of contagious illness). If anyone one in your household has tested positive for COVID, do not attend rehearsals until two weeks after the entire household is clear of the illness

  • If you have been exposed to a COVID positive person, do not attend TYO until 2 weeks have passed from your exposure date

  • Rehearsal start times and departures will be staggered as well as doors used for entering and exiting the building. If you arrive prior to your check-in time, please stay in your vehicle until the prior group has entered the building

  • In order to maintain proper social distancing for our students, parents may not enter the building for rehearsals.

  • Weekly check-in for each ensemble will be just outside the main doors of The Moon

  • Temperature screenings will be done at the entry door. If you have a temperature of 100 degrees or more, you will not be admitted to the rehearsals.

  • Everyone will be required to be wearing a mask upon entering the rehearsal building

  • At all times students should maintain proper social distancing while in The Moon

  • *****Bring your own folding stand to rehearsal*****

  • Chairs will be set up at the proper spacing (6-feet, 9-feet for trombone) by staff before rehearsal. Do not move the chairs from the designated positions (except for perhaps a slight turn to better see the conductor). The entire rehearsal space will be disinfected before and after our use

  • All students will be required to wear masks during rehearsal. String and percussion students will wear a mask for the entire duration of the rehearsal.

  • After rehearsal and at the start of a break, remain seated and secure your equipment. Once everyone is ready, rows will be dismissed individually starting with those closest to the exit door. Please leave the room and building promptly and in an orderly fashion

  • Music will be distributed digitally PDFs in an email to all students. Once you have a part assignment, you should download your part. Print your part or load to an electronic device (such as an iPad).

Wind/Brass Students (be sure to see bell covers and mask info):

  • Based on recent research, wind players (except flute) will need a specially-prepared mask for playing, that is, a mask with a tiny hole cut near the mouth large enough to allow mouthpiece access. Wind players also need to apply a ‘cover’ to the bell of their instrument. At this time we have a student in the College of Music making these for our TYO brass/reed students and hope to have them to pass out at the first rehearsal (picture HERE)

  • Flute players will be required to play with an unaltered mask (no cuts). A standard surgical mask works fine for this purpose. Insert the flute behind the mask. Watch this video:

  • Based on recent scientific studies, all wind instruments will be required to have a bell cover on their instrument to minimize aerosols (also available to purchase HERE and HERE, DIY pattern HERE and HERE. This can be created in a simple, inexpensive manner with materials available from your favorite store. (Pantyhose is one recommended material source that is very inexpensive.) Two layers of the nylon material will be needed. Secure with a rubber band. This applies to flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, and tuba. Details for French horn are details will be available soon

  • All wind and brass instruments create some amount of moisture that must be controlled by the player. No moisture should be deposited on the floor. ALL wind and brass players are required to bring something to capture this expelled water… A ‘puppy pad’ (available from a pet store) or a ’self-absorbent diaper’ (available from many retailers) is recommended. The first week of rehearsals TYO will provide pads for this purpose

  • Upon the recommendation of the FSU applied faculty, reed-soaking-containers of water (typically used by double reed students) are strictly prohibited from rehearsals.

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