Northeastern University Symphony Orchestra
Even if you are not taking Symphony Orchestra for course credit, you must abide by the attendance policy.
Excused absences include illness, personal emergency, religious holidays, and athletic participation (as defined by NU policy). You must report these absences to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 48 hours in advance for religious holidays and athletic participation, and as soon as possible for illness or emergency. Please CC the director.
Unexcused absences include academic work, travel, review sessions, group projects, other student group events, and any other reason not listed as excused. Unexcused absences must be reported to the secretary at least 48 hours in advance. You may only have one unexcused absence each semester. No unexcused absences are permitted for rehearsals with guest performers, dress rehearsals, or concerts. If there are any concerts you are not performing in, you still must attend as an audience member.
Having too many unexcused absences and/or no-shows will result in loss of voting privileges and ineligibility to run for office. It may also result in ineligibility to perform or attend social events, and possible removal from symphony orchestra.
Occasionally, one of your professors may schedule an exam during rehearsal time. If this is the case, please make alternative arrangements with your professor. rehearsal cannot be rescheduled, and professors may not require you to miss this class in order to attend theirs.
Symphony Orchestra is, first and foremost, a student organization. However, students may receive course credit for participating. All undergraduate members who are currently in classes are required to register for the class, unless it would create an overload conflict.
MUS U906, "Orcestra", is the course number. This credit counts towards the Music Ensemble requirement for music majors and minors, and as an elective for all other majors. The classes are repeatable for credit.
Because this is a free course, the Symphony Orchestra must find other means of financial support in the form of dues. Dues are mandatory for every member. They are $25 per semester or $40 per year, and can be given to the Treasurer in cash or check made out to NU Symphony Orchestra. The deadline is the third rehearsal of the semester. If you have a major financial concern and cannot afford dues, please speak with the director (before the deadline) for an exemption. Exemptions will not be granted after the deadline. Students receiving exemptions are required to contribute in other ways, such as fundraising or assisting the council. Failure to pay dues will result in inability to vote in elections or run for office, ineligibility to perform in concerts, and possible removal from the concert band.
There are many fundraising opportunities throughout the semester. Oftentimes, a percentage of fundraising money will go into your personal account. You can then use this money to pay for supplies, repairs, social events, and tour. If you do not use the money by the end of the semester, it will revert to the Symphony Orchestra account.
Personal instruments may be kept in the band closet at 121 Ell Hall. NU Bands also owns some instruments for our members to borrow. These are allocated first-come, first-served on a per-semester basis. You are responsible for making sure your instrument is at each rehearsal and performance. The closet will be open between 4:45 and 5:15pm before Concert Band rehearsals, for 15 minutes after rehearsal is over, before and after all Pep Band gigs, and during activities period. Instruments may also be picked up by appointment with council member. Personal instruments may be taken out at any time, for any time period. Band-owned instruments may be taken out for a 24-hour period, which must not conflict with a performance or rehearsal if you are sharing your instrument with a member of the other band.
There is no hazing in NU Bands. Massachusetts state law defines hazing as:
"any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student of other person."
This is strongly enforced by the councils of both organizations. Any hazing shall be reported to the Band President, the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR), and appropriate law enforcement agencies. All participants will be removed from NU Bands.
Northeastern University and NU Bands have strict rules regarding alcohol/drug use. At no time may any member be inhibited by the influences of drugs or alcohol while representing either band. Failure to follow this policy will result in disciplinary action from NU Bands and possibly by the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR).
The University's students and employees are required to follow all federal, state, and local laws and to comply with Northeastern University policies whether on or off campus. Students under the age of 21 are prohibited both by law and by University policty from possessing or consuming alcohol at or during any University sponsored events, including at any time, from the time of departure until the time of return. Alcohol is prohibted from any bus, van, car, or other mode of transportation for all students between points of a destination. Under no circumstance shall the operator of such a vehicle consume alcohol 12 hours prior to operating the motor vehicle. It is the responsibility of the trip leader and the executive board of the organization to acquaint participants of this policy and to monitor policy adherance. Inappropriate behavior while on this trip will be referred to the appropriate administrative department as well as the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR).