The Vermont Youth Orchestra Association’s Lesson Program is designed for students who are not currently enrolled in private lessons. This season, we are offering violin, viola and cello lessons. 

Why take lessons?

  • foster a general love of music and music-making  
  • find a unique musical voice for personal expression
  • develop proper technique on their instrument
  • hone character traits including responsibility, discipline, and self-motivation
  • increase fine motor skills and coordination
  • improve cognitive skills, concentration, and focus 
  • gain opportunities for advancement (via scholarships/employment/etc.)
  • establish new friendships through the studio and placement in ensembles

Meet the Faculty


Violin & Viola

Patricia is the VYOA’s Lesson Program coordinator as well as the violin & viola teacher. Lessons with Patricia are offered in Colchester and St. Albans. Learn more about Patricia by clicking on her photo.



Cleo teaches cello in the VYOA’s Lesson Program. Lessons with Cleo are offered at the Elley-Long Music Center in Colchester. Learn more about Cleo by clicking on her photo.

Enroll Today!

Before we can schedule lessons, students must register online. Once we’ve received a completed registration, a staff member will contact you with available lesson times. 


This year-long program includes 28 lessons and 2 studio recitals (including accompanist fees)

  • $1,200 – 30 minutes ($40/service) 
  • $1,500 – 45 minutes ($50/service)
  • $1,800 – 60 minutes ($60/service)

Please note: Make up lessons will be offered for no more than 2 absences (with at least 24 hours notice) per semester. Additional missed lessons will not be rescheduled.

Financial Aid

The VYOA believes that no child should be discouraged from participating due to financial need. Need-based financial aid is available to all families who wish to apply. Please contact our office for additional information on Financial Aid options or to receive a hard-copy of the Financial Aid form.

Please email patricia@vyo.org with any additional questions.


“Our daughter is excited about practicing her violin every night because she is so eager to please her VYOA instructor. It has been very motivating, and we have seen huge improvements in her playing.” –Shanna M.

“In only 6 or 7 lessons, Patricia helped me improve my technique in order to have a solid audition piece and scales. She has given me a lot of useful, constructive about shifting, posture, bow arm, and much more.” –Nikolas H.

“Patricia was very nice to our son, but also able to provide straightforward guidance and positive reinforcement when needed. She was able to work with him as a coach and mentor, navigating the stressful VYOA audition process with ease. We appreciate Patricia’s professionalism and generosity throughout the schoolyear.” –Tom & Aika