Rehearsal Notes & Files

***Due to the pandemic, Sage City Symphony is not recruiting new players at this time.***

We will proceed cautiously with our 2021-2022 season with stringent safety measures in place, per guidelines issued by the CDC, the State of Vermont, and Bennington College. Until further notice, face masks (and bell covers for wind instruments) and social distancing will be required at rehearsals and concerts, with proof of vaccination requested at the door. In addition, the customary mid-rehearsal break will not include refreshments. If circumstances change and the risk level of infection is deemed too great, we will postpone—with a commitment to resume as soon thereafter as safely possible.

Stay tuned (hee-hee) for changes / updates ...  

COVID Notes for Wind and Brass Players

There are several studies about COVID transmission via wind instruments that indicate that some instruments pose higher risks (e.g., trumpets) than others. Risk-reduction measures include (1) rearranging players so the more risky instruments are closer to the outside edges of the group (and if possible, near exhaust systems), while less dangerous instruments (e.g., percussion) go into the middle; (2) wearing face masks designed especially for wind and brass players; and (3) using bell covers.

Even if everyone is vaccinated, the Delta variant may warrant additional caution, with masks on non-winds, and the repositioning of winds per these recommendations. Below is the link to the general-public article, and if you're interested in one of the referenced technical articles, it is attached. 

nontechnical article: 

technical article: Journal of Aerosol Science 151 (2021) 105669

Research is ongoing; see


Bell Covers and Instrument Masks

Bell covers help contain the spread of aerosols during instrument play. Recent studies show bell covers with a multi-layering material and filtration should be used. MERV 13 filters can be cut to fit and easily inserted in the back opening of the bell cover to provide enhanced protection as recommended by the University of Colorado aerosol study. MERV 13 material is readily available at most home improvement stores.

Here are some examples of bell covers:

And here are some examples of instrument masks for wind players:



2021-2022 Concert and Rehearsal Schedule

Sunday, February 13, 2022, 4 PM 
Greenwall Auditorium, VAPA Building, Bennington College, Bennington, VT   


   • Lyric for Strings by George Walker
   • Concerto for Bassoon and Strings by Craig Phillips  
   • Symphony #5 in Bb Major (D. 485) by Franz Schubert  


Unless noted otherwise, rehearsals are held on Sunday evenings from 5:45 to 8:30 PM in Greenwall Auditorium in the VAPA Building at Bennington College, North Bennington, VT. 

There may be changes to rehearsal times once Bennington College sets its schedule for drama and music productions, but this won’t happen until December.  


None to date 

1/23 TBD

1/30 TBD 

2/6 TBD 

Saturday 2/12 - DRESS REHEARSAL 5:45 - 8:30 pm

Sunday 2/13 - WINTER CONCERT 
2:00 Sound Check and Warmup   
4:00 Performance   

Concert Dress: All Black



SCHUBERT Symphony #5 in Bb Major (D. 485)

Violin 1

Violin 2



Bass (same as Cello w/o fingerings)

PHILLIPS Concerto for Bassoon and Strings

Violin 1

Violin 2




WALKER Lyric for Strings 

Violin 1 

Violin 2