Concert Attire

The following information is also available in the YSSO Organization Handbook.

There is a required dress code for each Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon ensemble.  Please keep in mind that musicians are members of a team and that each ensemble must present a unified appearance. The focus should be on the ensemble as a whole and the music it is performing rather than an individual musician in an ensemble. All attire should be wrinkle-free or neatly pressed. Musicians in violation of the dress code will be instructed to contact a parent to ask for appropriate concert dress prior to concert time or may be required to wear concert dress provided by the YSSO organization.  The musician may receive written communication concerning non-compliance with this YSSO policy.  If a musician is not in compliance with the dress code by the next concert, he/she will not be allowed to perform with the ensemble and may be expelled. If a musician borrows an item from the YSSO (i.e. skirt, tie, etc.) he/she is responsible for returning the item immediately after the performance.

Cousins Concert Attire (http://www.concertattire.com/) is one of numerous online resources families can explore for concert attire, formal concert dress, shirts, tuxedos, other items. There are other companies offering concert dress and attire as well. Please be sure you review and follow the YSSO required dress code before purchasing any items online or elsewhere.

Youth Symphony – Women

All Black


Ankle length black skirt, black dress pants (no black jeans, black jeggings or black leggings) or long-sleeve (wrist length or ¾ length sleeve) long black dress
Black dress blouse, preferably long-sleeve (wrist length or ¾ length sleeve). T-shirts or other casual shirts are not appropriate.
Black nylons, black tights or black socks (no bare legs)
Black dress shoes (no sandals, flip-flops or other casual shows)
Minimal or no jewelry, no accessories or anything that detracts from the appearance of the ensemble.


Sequins, rhinestones, pins, hats, hair or other accessories, decorations or anything else in appearance that would attract attention to an individual musician are not appropriate in a concert setting and will not be allowed.  No sleeveless, short sleeve, strapless, spaghetti strap, halter or backless dresses or blouses, short skirts or skirts with side slits higher than the knee, jeans, hip-hugger pants, crop pants, low-cut tops or dresses will be permitted on stage.  Musicians who are not in compliance will be asked to contact parents to provide appropriate concert dress prior to concert time. If it is not possible to provide appropriate concert dress, the musician may not be allowed to perform or may be required to wear concert attire provided by the YSSO organization.

Youth Symphony – Men


Black Suit or Tuxedo
White dress shirt
Black bow tie
Black socks
Black dress shoes


No t-shirts, jeans, cords or cargo pants, flip-flops, tennis shoes, hats, head bands, scarves will be permitted on stage. Decorative items/accessories or anything that would attract attention to an individual musician are not appropriate in this concert setting and will not be allowed.   Musicians who are not in compliance will be asked to contact parents to provide appropriate concert dress prior to concert time. If it is not possible to provide appropriate concert dress, the musician may not be allowed to perform or may be required to wear concert attire provided by the YSSO organization.

Youth Orchestra  - Women

White and Black

Ankle length black skirt or black dress pants (no black jeans, black jeggings or black leggings)
White blouse, preferably long-sleeve (wrist length or minimum ¾ length sleeve)
Black nylons, black tights or black socks (no bare legs)
Black dress shoes (no sandals or other casual shoes)
Minimal or no jewelry, no accessories or anything that detracts from the appearance of the ensemble

Sequins, rhinestones, pins, hats, hair or other accessories, decorations or any item of appearance that would attract attention to an individual musician are not appropriate in this concert setting and will not be allowed.  No sleeveless, short sleeve, strapless, spaghetti strap, halter or backless dresses or blouses, short skirts or skirts with side slits higher than the knee, jeans, hip-hugger pants, crop pants, low-cut tops or dresses will be permitted on stage.  Musicians who are not in compliance will be asked to contact parents to provide appropriate concert dress prior to concert time. If it is not possible to provide appropriate concert dress, the musician may not be allowed to perform or may be required to wear concert attire provided by the YSSO organization.

Youth Orchestra  - Men

Black dress pants
White long-sleeved dress shirt
Long black tie
Black socks
Black dress shoes


No t-shirts, jeans, cords or cargo pants, flip-flops, tennis shoes, hats, head bands, scarves will be permitted on stage. Decorative items/accessories or any item/aspect of appearance that would attract attention to an individual musician are not appropriate in this concert setting and will not be allowed.   Musicians who are not in compliance will be asked to contact parents to provide appropriate concert dress prior to concert time. If it is not possible to provide appropriate concert dress, the musician may not be allowed to perform or may be required to wear concert attire provided by the YSSO organization.