NEWSLETTER &

COVID-19 PROCEDURES

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Little String Orchestra is going to resume rehearsals this fall. This season due to Covid19 we are following the health and safety guidelines of the Ontario

Government, the City of Brantford, and the Brant County Health Unit. It is very important to the executive that members who want to attend feel safe coming to

rehearsals. Your health and wellness is very important to us.


The following is a list of changes, rules and guidelines that all orchestra members and parents must follow at rehearsals. It is important that we all do our best to follow

these rules to help keep us safe and playing music all year.


Website

The website has been updated to provide paperless registration options and more information. LSO policies, schedules, rental information, pictures and videos are

now available online! Visit us today at www.thelittlestringorchestra.com


Membership and Registration


Registration Forms

Simply complete the online form on our website. If you prefer to print the form, you will be able to download it from the website as well.


Membership Fees

$100 - Individual Membership

$150 - 2 Person Family Membership

$200 - 2+ Family Membership


Payment Options 

(refunds will not be available if Covid-19 cancels the season)

1. Full Payment – due October 28th, 2020

2. Two Payments – due October 28th 2020 & January 7th 2021


Payment Methods

 E-transfer to [email protected]  (please put your name in the message)

 Cash

 Cheque (Make cheque payable to Little String Orchestra.)


Coming to Orchestra Healthy

In order to prevent the spread of infection, it is critical that you come to orchestra only when you are well. It is crucial that you and your family pay attention to the

criteria outlined below. The Brant county Health Unit recommends we take attendance and document everyone that comes into the building for rehearsals.

This information will be saved for contact tracing purposes.


 Protect yourself and others by following Public health advice.

 Practice good hygiene

 Self-isolate for 14 days after all international travel.

 We will be using the Brant County Health Units contact tracing tool to document everyone that comes into the building.

 Stay home if you answer YES to ANY of the following COVID-19 screening questions:

     Have you traveled outside Canada in the past 14 days?

     Have you tested positive for COVID-19 or had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 without wearing appropriate PPE?

     Do you have ANY of the following symptoms?

             • Fever

             • New onset of cough

             • Worsening chronic cough

             • Shortness of breath

             • Difficulty breathing

             • Sore throat

             • Difficulty swallowing

             • Decrease of loss of sense of taste or smell

             • Chills

             • Headaches

             • Unexplained fatigue/malaise/muscle aches (myalgias)

             • Nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain

             • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)

             • Runny nose or nasal congestion without a known cause

 For persons 70 years of age or older, are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?

             • Delirium

             • Unexplained or increased number of falls

             • Acute functional decline

             • Worsening of chronic conditions


Physical Distancing Measures

 Members and parents are required to keep physical distance from each other while entering, exiting and while in the building.

 We are allowed to have a maximum of 50 people in the building. We are required to be 2 meters or 6 feet away from anyone that is not in your social circle of 10 people.

 Markers will be placed every 6 feet against the walls inside the hall to place your coats and violin cases.

 Orchestra members will be assigned seating a minimum of 6 feet apart during rehearsals. You will sit in the same location each week.

 Parents/guardians are welcome to stay for rehearsals as long as we do not exceed the indoor limit of 50 people. *All parents/guardians will have to sign in at the front desk for contact tracing purposes.


Masks & Face Coverings

 The City of Brantford implemented a bylaw that requires masks or face coverings to be worn in all public spaces.

                 o The bylaw says that if you are exempt from wearing a mask you must let us know but you are not required to provide proof.

                 o Brantford’s mask bylaw can be found at www.brantford.ca and follow the links.

 Masks or face coverings must be worn during rehearsal. Your nose and mouth must be covered.


Entering & Exiting

 Arrive 15 to 20 minutes ahead of time to enter the building.

 Please enter through the front doors. The sidewalk will be marked with tape lines 6 feet apart.

 Please be patient and take your turn entering.

 Sanitize your hands upon entering the building. Hand sanitizer will be provided at the entrance.

 Someone will be at the door to check your name off a list for attendance.

 After rehearsal, leave the building from the side door into the parking lot. Hand sanitizer will be provided at the exit.

 Please be patient and take your turn leaving.


Music Stands and Instrument Tuning


 Everyone is required to bring their own music stand. This is so that no one but you handles your stand and music.

 You must bring your own music every week. We will not have stand partners this year.

 Everyone must have their own instrument tuner. We will all be learning how to tune our own instruments at rehearsals. Tina and Gelja will not be tuning instruments this year to minimize the contact and keep physical distance.

           o There is a wide selection of tuners on the market. One that clips on and picks up the vibration of your instrument is best as they do not use the sound in                 the room which will pick up everyone else that is trying to tune making it impossible for you.

           o Parents can help the younger students by tuning them when you arrive. Everyone will get the help they need to get tuned.

           o There are free tuner apps you can download on your phone.


Junior Orchestra

 Start time is 6:00 pm. Please arrive 15 to 20 minutes before to get ready.

 Enter the hall and put your cases/coats on the right hand wall-6 ft apart.

 There will be markers on the floor to indicate where to put your stand.

 Seating will be assigned. Please sit in the same place every week.


Senior Orchestra

 Start time is 7:00pm. Please arrive 15 to 20 minutes before to tune and get ready.

 Enter the hall and put your cases/coats on the left hand wall-6 ft apart.

 Seating will be assigned. Please sit in the same place every week.


Hygiene and Washroom Facilities

• Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrances and exits of the building.

• If you need to use the washroom facilities, sanitizer and wipes will be provided in the bathrooms. * Please place wipes in the garbage pail and do not flush them in the toilets.

• Please practice good hand washing.

• All chairs will be left out to be disinfected with hospital grade products after every rehearsal.

• Disinfectant will be provided for parents that want to wipe down a chair if they use one during rehearsal.


Concerts

We will provide more information about concerts as the year progresses. What I hope is that we can rent a church or two and play in the space just to let the

sound wash over us. Perhaps we can record or live stream some performances next spring. Brantford has some beautiful old churches. I think we could stand in

the pews to play while easily practicing physical distancing.


Instrument Rentals

The orchestra has an inventory of student violins, cellos, and violas for rent. The violins and cellos we have in all sizes. There are 2 violas and a half size bass.

Contact Tina Labanowicz if you’re interested in a rental. The instruments are good quality, sound great and have been set up to facilitate a positive learning

experience. The sound and set up are very important to a child’s developing ear and their musical development.


Important Dates

October 1, 2020 - First orchestra rehearsal Junior 6:00pm / Senior 7:00pm

*Please be 15 to 20 minutes early*

October 22, 2020 - Registration forms and payment are due

December 10, 2020 - Holiday Music and Cookies Last rehearsal before Holidays

PLEASE NOTE: Jrs. and Srs. together at 6:30, formal

dress for orchestra annual photo

January 7, 2021 - First rehearsal after Holidays

February 28, 2021 - Celebrate Our Youth Concert

March 15-19, 2020 - No rehearsal: March Break

March 31,2020 - School concerts

April 25, 2021 - Spring Concert