Welcome all new and returning members and parents!
This form contains legal sections regarding permissions, a volunteer commitment form, and payment instructions. The form MUST BE COMPLETED BY A PARENT/GUARDIAN. Before completing the registration form, make sure you have read the YOBC Members Handbook which spells out all our procedures and expectations. You may review our volunteer jobs here in order to select your preferences.
As you complete the registration form, you will be asked to verify that you have read these documents and agree to abide by them. Please make sure you have read and are familiar with their requirements:
- school participation policy (participation will be verified);
- social media policy, and
- photo/audio/video release statement
Upon completion of the form, you will be redirected to the payment page where you can pay by credit card. There are also instructions for mailing a check. If you have already registered, but skipped the payment page, you may mail checks (payable to YOBC) to:
Please read the following enrollment instructions carefully.
Step 1 – Create your own user account via the login form at right (skip this step if you already have a username and password). After you have signed up you will have to wait for an activation e-mail.
Step 2 – Once you have activated your account, log into the website as a registered user. The enrollment/volunteer commitment form will now be visible on the left-hand navigation column. Complete this form and submit.
Step 3 - Payment: Upon submission you will be redirected to our tuition payment instruction page where you will have the option of paying by credit card (PayPal) or check, or of requesting tuition assistance.
NOTE: If you are enrolling more than one child, fill in the first enrollment form, submit, pay for the total number of children, then go back and fill in the enrollment form for the second child, ignoring the payment page the second time.
Further information about the upcoming season and practice music will follow in August.
School Participation Policy
effective April 8, 2014
YOBC is committed to supporting music education in our schools. As a signatory of the League of American Orchestra's "Statement of Common Cause: Orchestras Support In-School Music Education" we recognize the value of music education and strive for partnerships with local school systems, and responsiveness to local, state, and national arts and academic standards. Our Students in Concert outreach program demonstrates our strong desire to see that effective school music programs exist in every public school district.
- YOBC requires participation in a school-based instrumental music program, where such a program exists.
- YOBC activities should be viewed as a supplement to, not a replacement for, school-based music education for students situated where such programs exist.
- YOBC should not be seen as a viable alternative for music education by school boards and administrators looking for budget cuts.
- YOBC reserves the right to contact schools to verify students' participation.
Members of YOBC are expected to follow this policy. Any violations of this policy may lead to dismissal from YOBC.
Rare exceptions to the policy may be made, with the signed approval of the school music director. This process needs to be initiated by a parent. Furthermore, YOBC reserves the right to examine exceptional cases individually and, subject to its own Board discretion, may allow rare exemptions from the School Participation Policy.
If you have any questions regarding this policy, please speak with YOBC’s Executive Director or Office Manager.
This School Participation Policy is subject to change at any time, with or without notice to members. You are responsible for ensuring that you are familiar with the latest version of this Policy and understand its contents. Updated versions will always be available on the YOBC website in the Members area. You should review it on a regular basis to ensure you understand the policy and its requirements.
Video/Audio Release (required)
I understand that video and audio recordings will be taken by YOBC or its agents at YOBC concerts, master classes, and rehearsals and that all YOBC students, including my child, may be included in these recordings. As a condition of my [my child’s] participation in these YOBC activities, I give permission for my [my child’s] inclusion in these recordings.
Photograph Release (optional)
I understand that photographs will be taken at YOBC concerts, master classes, and rehearsals and that YOBC students, including my child, may be included in a photograph or photographs. I [I, the parent or legal guardian of the minor child enrolled in the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County (YOBC)] give YOBC permission to use these photographs for the purpose of grant application, historical archiving, YOBC website content, YOBC publications, news releases, and creating promotional materials.
I do hereby release YOBC and its agents waive any and all rights and claims for damages, losses, demands, recoveries, suits, payments, and actions against YOBC and its agents arising out of YOBC's use of any images, audio recording, or video recording which include or may\ include me [my child].
- Disclose your affiliation. Transparency is important. Always disclose that you are a member of YOBC. State that your comments are your personal opinion, not that of YOBC.
- Honor the privacy rights of YOBC members, staff, and volunteers. Do not cite or refer to other members, staff, or volunteers without their approval. YOBC members are asked during registration to sign a release form allowing YOBC to post photos and videos and use their images in published materials. Not all members give such permission and we take care not to display their images. You are allowed to share photos and videos from YOBC activities and concerts, however individuals should not be identified or identifiable unless you are sure you have their permission to post such images.
- Individuals can be held personally liable for their commentary. Act responsibly and ethically. Honor the same standards we expect at rehearsals and performances. All of your posts and comments must be in good taste and appropriate for all audiences. Such posts and comments may not contain any material that:
- is profane, obscene, scandalous, libelous, harassing, unlawful, or infringes on the rights of any third party;
- may provoke, shock, or offend the community or any sizable group or class thereof;
- disparages YOBC or its members, officers, directors, or employees;
- Respect copyright, fair use, and financial disclosure laws. Do not use the YOBC logo or reproduce YOBC materials or music without first obtaining permission from the
- Executive Director. Be mindful of the copyright and intellectual property rights of others and YOBC.
- Do not use the YOBC logo for endorsements or to promote a product, cause, or political party or candidate.
- Feel free to share or link to any information that is posted on our official YOBC website.
- Remember your audience: Be aware that a presence in the social media works is available to the public at large. This includes prospective students, current students, current employees, their families, and peers. Consider this before publishing to ensure the post will not alienate, harm, or provoke any of these groups.
- Comment only on topics about which you have first-hand knowledge and experience. Behind-the-scenes information is exactly that and should remain confidential. Take care not to purposefully or inadvertently disclose any information that is confidential or proprietary to YOBC. Such information includes but is not limited to: Think twice before posting. Privacy does not exist in the world of social media. Consider what could happen if a post becomes widely known and how that may reflect both on the poster and YOBC. Search engines can turn up posts years after they are created, and comments can be forwarded and copied. Try to add value. Provide worthwhile information and perspective. Be thoughtful and accurate in your posts and respectful of how other members may be affected.
- data regarding operating costs and financial performance;
- details about new projects and collaborations that have not yet been announced to the membership and the public;
- personal information about any individual, other members, volunteers, or employees