Upcoming Orientation and Important Information

Dear YCO families,

Please carefully read the information below:



Don’t forget! Your orientation is this Wednesday, August 8, 2018 from 5:00pm – 8:30pm at the AYSP facility on 4407 Menaul Blvd. NE, 87110.


Orientation Schedule:

4:30pm: check in

5:00pm: rehearsal

6:30pm: dinner

7:00pm: social activity

7:30pm: rehearsal

8:15pm: uniform fitting/luminaria checkout

8:30pm: clean up/dismissed


Remember to Bring:

- Instrument

- Music

- a pencil and eraser

- comfortable dress


Contact Mr. Nesbitt at nesbitt@aps.edu if you have not picked up your music folder yet.



There is a MANDATORY parent meeting this Wednesday, August 8, 2018 from 8:00pm – 8:30pm at the AYSP facility.



All students in high school Youth Ensembles (YS, YO, YCO) must own a uniform. The $65 uniform fee is required for girls, who MUST purchase their dress through AYSP. Boys may purchase their black jacket through AYSP for $65 or wear their own black jacket. Once purchased, the dress or jacket is yours to keep and may be worn for any AYSP ensemble concert.

Students will be fitted for a uniform during their orientation on Wednesday, August 8. Upon being fitted, a form will be sent home with your student. The form will contain their uniform size and instructions on how to place the order online.


The UNIFORM ORDER DEADLINE is Wednesday, August 15, 2018 @ 5pm.

The UNIFORM PAYMENT DEADLINE is Monday, August 20, 2018.



The luminaria fundraiser is an AYSP tradition! Every season since 1981, AYSP students and families fold, sell, assemble, and deliver thousands of dozens of luminarias across the Albuquerque metro area to raise funds. All AYSP students and families volunteer during the luminaria fundraiser. Each student will fold 25dz (300 bags). All 8th grade – 12th grade students and families volunteer during Luminaria Day on Saturday, December 8, 2018. Making luminarias at several workhouses kindly hosted by AYSP families and orders are delivered by AYSP parents who sign up as delivery drivers. – luminaria fundraiser dates are listed on each ensemble’s season calendar.


HOSTING A WORKHOUSE on Saturday, December 8, 2018

Workhouses are the home base for assembling and delivering luminaria orders in their part of town on Luminaria Day. Teams of AYSP students and families are assigned to each Workhouse to support these efforts.

In the weeks prior to Luminaria Day, Workhouse hosts prepare by collecting their supplies from AYSP, making space for sand to be delivered to their home, attending a Workhouse meeting, organizing the roles of family members, and carefully reading the Workhouse handbook to be sure they are prepared for the big day.

On Luminaria Day, the Workhouse hosts are the “boss” – directing workers, checking quality, and organizing deliveries. Hosts usually work to make their house fun by playing music and energizing workers. Workhouse hosts also help to coordinate a potluck to keep everyone fed (many family recipes are exchanged on Luminaria Day!)


If you are willing to host a workhouse please sign up HERE


VOLUNTEERING AS DELIVERY DRIVERS on Saturday, December 8, 2018

During Luminaria day we will need many drivers (trucks and large vehicles preferred) to help deliver luminarias. Delivery volunteers will sign up to work with a specific workhouse and deliver within that area.


If you are willing to volunteer as a delivery driver please sign up HERE



Thank you to our parents Erica Bourdon, Nicole Chavez, Esperanza Dorsey, and Patricia de Graaff, who have volunteered as Parent Managers this season! Our Parent Managers play a critical role in communication between parents and AYSP staff and their support allow our conductors to focus on their role as music educator. THANK YOU!



Tuition payments can be made:

Online – through the link on your electronic invoice.

By Phone – Call financial coordinator Yvonne Ortiz at 505-888-9400. Mrs. Ortiz is a contractor and does not hold work hours at the AYSP facility.

By Mail – Checks (payable to “AYSP”) must be mailed to: PO Box 30961, Albuquerque, NM 87190. Please write the student name and “tuition” in the memo section.

In Person – AYSP staff will be available during the following dates and times to assist with tuition payments and setting up Option 3/Monthly payments:

Wednesday, August 8, 2018: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday, August 11, 2018: 9:30am – 10:30am; 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Sunday, August 12, 2018: 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Monday, August 13, 2018: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Wednesday, August 15, 2018: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Saturday, August 18, 2018: 10:30am – 12:30pm



Find the season calendar attached.





We rely on donations from generous individuals and businesses like you to provide symphonic performance experiences to Albuquerque’s talented young musicians and access to music education for students in need.

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Contact Us

Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program
4407 Menaul Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110

PO Box 30961
Albuquerque, NM 87190