violin, viola, and cello for beginners in 4th grade and up
SFYSA Attendance Policy
1) There are no excused/unexcused absences. Whether you're sick, at a soccer game, in a school play, etc., if you miss rehearsal you're considered absent.
2) On your third absence, your conductor/director will ask you to perform a playing test. This may be via a Flipgrid video, a recording, or to play for them in person. Playing in an ensemble is a team effort, and this ensures that you are prepared to participate to the best of your abilities, even if you miss class.
3) If after your 3rd absence, you play for your conductor and it's clear you are unprepared for participation in class, you will be put on probation. Your conductor and the Artistic Director will work with you to build an appropriate timeline to get back on track. If you do not make significant progress to get back on track within the timeline set, you are eligible for disenrollment from class for the remainder of the semester.
4) The Absence Notification form cannot be used for Dress Rehearsals or Concerts. Those are considered mandatory, and you must speak with your Conductor/Director directly if there is a problem or concern.
What do I do if I'm going to be absent?
1) If you know well in advance, let your conductor know by filling out the Absence Notification form as soon as you know you'll be out. They can give you a heads up as to what sections they'll be rehearsing, and what is important to practice.
2) If your absence is last-minute, fill out the Absence Notification form as soon as possible so your conductor isn't looking for you to be at rehearsal.
3) Please do not call, text, or email your conductor or the office. The Absence Notification form MUST be completed for each absence.
4) If you forget to fill out the form, and you do not attend class, you will be asked to complete the form after the missed class.
Zachary Vigus, Instructor
Zachary Vigus earned his Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance (UC Santa Barbara) and Master of Music in Cello Performance (California State University Sacramento) after starting cello at the age of 14 in his public schools’ orchestra programs in Santa Barbara, CA. Zach began serious private studies after hearing a life changing performance of the slow movement from the Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata when he was 17 and went on to be able to study with many phenomenal mentors (Geoffrey Rutkowski, John Sant’Ambroggio, Andrew Luchansky, Richard Slavich, Jeffrey Solow, and Richard Webb for baroque cello) and be able to attend the Meadowmount School of Music. Zach is currently the orchestra director at Capital High School and Ortiz Middle School for the Santa Fe Public Schools, where he enjoys teaching string students of all levels from beginners to All-State. As a private studio teacher, Zach’s students have won music scholarships, seats in All-State Orchestras, spots in university music programs, and pre-college spots at several conservatory programs. Being a late-starter on cello, Zach knows the importance of passing on a strong mastery of the fundamentals to the next generation of music makers and believes every student has the potential to achieve even the loftiest musical dreams with the right set of tools and enough support. When not working with students or practicing himself, Zach enjoys experimenting with coffee and walking his rescue pit bull, Boo.