It is expected that members of the Nextgen Youth Music program actively participate in their school ensemble, assuming that they have a school ensemble experience available to them. The Nextgen Youth Music program is not designed as a replacement or substitute for the student’s school music program, but rather as an enhancement of the school music program. Nextgen seeks to work in partnership with the music educators in the region, and this expectation is an important part of that relationship. In this way Nextgen participants are better equipped to be musical leaders in their school’s musical life.


Where extenuating circumstances prevent the student from being an active participant in their school's ensemble, a written letter of permission to Nextgen must be obtained from the student’s school band or orchestra director. In the event that a student and their school director are not able to resolve this issue, Nextgen should be contacted, and the matter will be addressed by directors and administration of Nextgen on an individual basis.



Overture & Allegretto Attendance

Given the short rehearsal process attendance for all rehearsals is mandatory. The only acceptable excused absences are illness, family emergency, or school performance conflicts.

     • All students and parents must download/signup for the Remind App to receive official communication regarding rehearsals, concerts and scheduling.

     • Unexcused absences are not acceptable and may be grounds for removal from the orchestra.

     • 1 excused absence (conflict, illness or family emergency, etc.) is allowed per concert rehearsal series, but must be reported to the program director and ensemble conductor by email or Remind app message at least 24 hours prior to the missed rehearsal, unless in case of emergency. 

     • All known rehearsal conflicts must be reported at least 1 month prior to the first rehearsal of the series.

​     • If a performer misses more than one rehearsal in preparation for a concert for any reason, NextGEN reserves the right to replace that performer for the remainder of the rehearsals and subsequent concert.  

     • Performers are expected to review their personal schedules carefully to avoid conflicts. If a performer is aware that they would miss more than the allotted single excused absence, it is expected that they will alert NextGEN prior to the start of rehearsals by at least one month.

     • Failure to alert NextGEN of known conflicts can result in the performer being permanently removed from the orchestra.

     • Performers are expected to arrive at least 10 minutes prior rehearsal.  Two late arrivals will be considered equal to one absence.

Prelude & Intermezzo Attendance

Parents should make every effort to assure that their student attends all rehearsals. A lot of progress happens in each rehearsal, and one missing student affects the entire group.

     • Legitimate excuses for missing rehearsal schedule such as illness, school performance conflicts, and family emergencies, will be approved at the discretion of the director.

     • Any known conflicts should be communicated to the ensemble director and program director at least one month prior to the absence. 

     • Unexcused absences are not acceptable and may be grounds for removal from the orchestra.



In the event of inclement weather, students and parents will be notified of any changes to rehearsals as early as possible. Families should monitor the Remind App and their email for notifications regarding weather. NextGEN will send a message via Remind and email, and post any rehearsal changes on the NextGEN Facebook page. 


Students involved in the Allegretto and Overture winter concert should take note of the planned make-up date for the concert in case of inclement weather. 



 • All concerts at the Ware Center are open (general) seating

 • Each student receives two complimentary tickets. To collect these tickets, parents should give the student's name at the ticket desk

 • All children under18 can attend NextGEN concerts for free

  • All private teachers (based on information collected from enrolled students) will receive one complimentary ticket. To collect this ticket, the teacher should give their name at the ticket desk.

 • Any additional adult tickets cost $10/ticket


Overture & Allegretto Concert Attire

Formal black for women:

Black pants/skirt, 3/4 or longer sleeve black shirt, black shoes)


Formal black for men:

Either black tux with white shite and bow tie, or dark/black suit with white shirt and long dark or black tie. Black shoes and socks.

Prelude & Intermezzo Concert Attire

Students in Prelude, Intermezzo Strings and Intermezzo Winds should be prepared to wear all black or black bottoms and a provided NextGEN t-shirt for their performances.