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How has TRYPO responded to COVID-19?

Spring 2020 Virtual TRYPO!   

  • TRYPO staff didn’t miss a beat and embraced planning and launching Virtual TRYPO.
  • All ensembles (large and small) met virtually via Zoom, and sessions have included listening and recording assignments, more than 30 guest speakers (conductors, composers, and musicians), among other activities. Attendance was very high across all ensembles, and we routinely heard that parents and students alike valued and looked forward to the content. 
  • All new member auditions for next season were done via Zoom, and we loosened some of the audition requirements in consideration that all students might not be able to meet with their teachers.   
  • Apprentice Conducting Class began meeting weekly instead of every other week.
  • Large ensembles extended programming through the end of May when it normally would have ended with the early May concert.
  • We added virtual masterclasses and “section hangs” for mid-week connections.
  • Students and guests performed for each other via Zoom on Saturdays.
  • All ensembles came together for a “Virtual Exhibition” on May 30!   

What has been cancelled?  

  • TRYPO’s much-anticipated performance in Carnegie Hall, NYC in March 2020 was one of the first things to be cancelled. Our presenter was able to secure a significant refund for us, and TRYPO is making up the difference for families and offering full refunds.  
  • Dozens of Youth Chamber Connection community performances have been cancelled due to stay-at-home order.  
  • TRYPO’s May 10 concert and silent auction at Carnegie Music Hall was cancelled.   
  • TRYPO’s May 16 Percussion Ensemble and Wind Symphony concert at Duquesne University was cancelled.  
  • TRYPO’s Open Reading Day was cancelled.  
  • YC2 at Chautauqua Music Camps was cancelled with Chautauqua Institution closed for the summer.
  • YPO’s mandatory season starting Mini-Camp over Labor Day weekend was cancelled.
  • TRYPO has postponed its June 2021 international concert tour.


  • We launched a six-week Virtual Summer Camp called Camp Crescendo, all designed around classes and structure that work over Zoom.
  • Classes included Video Editing, Over-dubbing, Repertoire 360, Virtual Chamber Music, Composition, and Conducting. Students also had camp counselors, “house meetings,” game night, and weekly All-Camp sessions with guest speakers in addition to an All-Camp Project.  
  • Student enrollment is very high at 56 students, which is especially interesting, considering that we have heard anecdotally that many virtual camps have had a hard time getting a robust enrollment. We did not have a single student drop.
  • This unique camp has a “Suggested Tuition” model to fit every price point, which resulted in a higher “self-scholarshipped” rate that we would have budgeted for normally but was not taken advantage of at all. Many families commented on how grateful they were for the offering, even though they didn’t need it. 

How is TRYPO planning for Fall 2020?  

  • We have announced an exciting hybrid fall season that combines consistent, structured, and robust weekly virtual programming, with optional in-person stand-alone reading sessions.
  • We also will be watching carefully to follow all established protocols for safety measures for in-person content.   
  • We are aware that scholarship needs might be higher next year. We are working on keeping expenses low and are budgeting for increased scholarship support. The scholarship application was significantly simplified with an “ask for what you need” approach and extra support for families whose household finances are in crisis.
  • We will be engaging more with student leadership – especially high school seniors – moving forward.   
  • We are building on the success of Camp Crescendo and launching a new programming arm for TRYPO called the TRYPOsphere which will continue online courses, masterclasses, and workshops that work well over Zoom.
  • We are taking advantage of the fact that Zoom removes geographic boundaries, and engaging with teaching artists, presenters, and other students from around the country to engage with our students.