Frequently Asked Questions
About the Hoosier Youth Philharmonic
- What is the Hoosier Youth Philharmonic (HYP)?
It’s the combined orchestras from Bloomington High School North and South. All high school students in their school orchestras are a part of it. Their parents can help at many concerts, events and activities to help with raise funds and support the students.
- Do the high school orchestras do some things on their own?
Yes. The high schools compete individually in the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) contests each year. There are also a few times, such as the open house for each high school, when the North and South orchestras play by themselves.
- What is the Welcome Dessert?
The Welcome Dessert is during the first week of school, on an evening in the cafeteria at Bloomington South. It’s the time when freshman students and their parents are invited to learn more about what HYP does throughout the year, to get measured for their outfits and to sign up for ways to help. The calendar of events for the year, as well as information on what’s expected of students, is handed out. There are delicious desserts provided by parents of older students, and the chairpeople for the various HYP booster fundraising events will explain parts of what happens throughout the year.
- Why do we owe $75?
The $75 is a nonrefundable fee charged the first year to help offset the cost of the outfits (tuxes for boys and long black dresses for girls) and the HYP polo shirt that each student receives. The cost of the shirts and outfits far exceeds the $75 but it helps a little. Please make checks payable to HYP and give them to Mr. Hansen.
- Why are there different colored ties and cumberbunds with the outfits?
When students are performing as the Hoosier Youth Philharmonic, the girls will wear gold and black cumberbunds. When students are performing as BHS South, the girls wear purple and the boys wear black, and when performing as BHS North, the girls wear maroon and the boys wear black.
- Why is there an HYP booster group?
There are many expenses each year that must be paid to have the orchestra perform concerts, purchase new music, pay for instruments and instrument repair, compete in contests, play ensembles at various events and take an annual trip. The boosters are involved parents and sometimes other family members who ensure the various fundraising events throughout the school year are properly run and manned. This is a great way to meet other parents and to get to know more of the HYP students. The boosters also support the students in the orchestra, encouraging them to do their best and attend the concerts and other performances.
- Do parents do all the work?
No. HYP students must also participate by first of all attending and playing in all concerts and rehearsals. The students are also expected to help with raising funds throughout the year and/or playing in ensembles as a way to earn the merits needed to go on the annual trip.
- Why is there an annual trip?
It’s one of the special events that helps define the HYP. A special destination is chosen each year. The trip includes either a competition or concert. Past trips, conducted since 1986, include various cities in the U.S. and Canada; playing in Carnegie Hall in 2012; playing as part of the 65th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, in 2009; traveling to Hawaii in 2005; and playing at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn, in 2013. The trips costs each student both part of the total cost and 3 merits of work (more about merits below), but the funds raised by the HYP boosters offset the cost of the trip for each student. That means the more money raised, the less the cost of the trip per student.
- What is a “cut above”?
Actually, it’s who is a cut above, and it’s the orchestra students. Mr. Hansen expects a lot of his students. There is an expectation that students will perform to the best of their ability. But there is also an expectation that the students will act in a professional manner while representing the orchestra, their school and Bloomington. That means being polite and respectful, listening to people of authority, following directions and having a good time!
- What is “HYP” time?
That means be early (10-15 minutes), to rehearsals, concerts and whatever activities or events you are a part of as a member of the HYP. That way there is time to find your instrument, music and other things and be ready when the rehearsal begins, or that you’re able to make sure you’re in the proper place and ready to listen. Basically, if you get to the location at the time when Mr. Hansen says to, you are late, because that time means that they have begun loading the stage (getting onto the stage). You have to be early to be ready to load the stage.
- How do I know what’s going on?
If you have a high school student, you may find that they don’t tell you all that you need to know about what’s coming up, with orchestra or other activities. A calendar of events is handed out at the Welcome Dessert and is included in the student handbook and directory, which is handed out during the open house sessions at both high schools. To find out more and know about what is added to the calendar during the year, attending booster meetings helps. Checking out the HYP website, www.bloomingtonhyp.org, is another way to see what’s on the calendar and download or print out fliers for events. Our Facebook page is where you will find reminders, videos, photos, and correspondence during trips.
- What are merits and how to students get them?
Merits are a unit that shows how much work a student, possibly along with help from parents, family and friends, has done for the HYP. A total of 3 merits must be earned by each student to be eligible for the spring trip. There are special awards given during the awards banquet for students who earn the full merits and beyond. The ways to earn merits are explained on a handout given during the Welcome Dessert and are also contained within the student handbook and directory. Students must earn 2 of the merits themselves.
- What is NOD?
It’s the Night of Dance. It’s the one concert each year that costs money. It’s in the cafeteria at Bloomington North and the orchestra plays a variety of music, from the Twist to the tango, and people are encouraged to get out on the dance floor. Parents can dance with their student! There are also refreshments for a minimal cost (another booster fundraiser), as well as a silent auction of baskets during the concert. It’s a fun night, a great way to hear good music and gives everyone a chance to do the Hokey Pokey.
- How does grocery shopping help raise funds for the HYP?
The boosters offer the chance to purchase a card from area grocery stores (Marsh and Bloomingfoods, which offer cards of $50 and $100). All the money is spent at the grocery store and the HYP receives a percentage back. So, if you purchase food, this is the easiest way to help the orchestra raise funds while just doing a normal activity. The funds raised to go toward helping your student receive points toward merits. You can designate HYP as a recipient when you register your Kroger card. For more detailed information, see Grocery Card Program.
- What is the Masquerade?
It’s the costume contest that is conducted during the Fall Concert each year. Students are encouraged to dress up in costumes and compete for a little bit of candy and fame as they walk across the stage showing off their special outfits. The judges are the audience members who clap to show their support for their favorite. Bonus points are given if you make Mr. Hansen and/or Ms. E laugh.
- Why do we have to donate cookies, Hawaiian Punch or Sprite?
We ask parents to provide desserts and drinks for the String Spectacular concert in the spring. It’s the one concert where all the students in the strings program in the Monroe County Community School Corp. play on the same stage — actually it’s a gym floor so they all fit! The cookie and punch reception is a way to let all the parents and students (and directors) know how much they are appreciated and gives them a time to intermingle and eat.