Founded in 1963, the VYO is the flagship ensemble of the VYOA, drawing passionate and dedicated musicians from northern and central Vermont, the Adirondacks, and northern New Hampshire. It presents three major concerts each year at Burlington’s Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and also performs at community events, school tours and in small-ensemble recitals. In the past decade the VYO has conducted concert tours to China, France, Germany, Czech Republic, and Iceland. Special events in recent seasons include:
- Performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the VYOA
- Opera gala performance with international opera artists Latonia Moore and Jesus Garcia
- Special school day matinee with theater artist Professor Tomas Kubinek
- World premiere of Robert Paterson’s “A New Eaarth” with the VYO Chorus and narrator Bill McKibben
- Full concert performance in Dvorak Hall at the Rudolfinum in Prague, one of the world’s great concert halls
- Link Up side-by-side performance with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra
- Performance of Dvorak’s Te Deum in collaboration with local high school choruses
Every year, the VYO features its senior class members as soloists in concert, premieres a new work by a young composer (often a VYO member), and offers other opportunities for its members to shine. Playing in the VYO has proven to be an essential, life-changing experience for its members, whether in the 20th or 21st century!
Reveille!: Monday, August 1st thru Friday, August 5th; 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Elley-Long Music Center
August Rehearsals: Mondays, Aug 15th & 22nd; 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, August 29th; 4:00-6:30pm
Weekly Rehearsals (Sept-May): Sunday afternoons from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
2016-17 VYO Roster [updated 1-17-17]
Auditions are held annually in May at the Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael’s College. New students interested in joining the VYO are welcome to audition during this period. Current members must audition in order to participate in the organization each season.
The VYOA attendance policy recognizes that significant school events and family activities may conflict with VYOA rehearsals and that illnesses occur. Compliance with the VYOA school music participation policy may also cause students to miss rehearsals.
Each VYO member is permitted no more than two absences in each set of rehearsals leading up to a major concert, and no more than one absence between the Reveille! Music Festival and the fall concert in September.
VYO members are advised to make use of their allowed absences sparingly and strategically. Making competing commitments means making tough choices, a process that is itself an important learning process! Students who have absences in excess of the allowance will be required to re-audition for the conductor to demonstrate that they are keeping pace with the rest of the ensemble. If performance in that audition is not satisfactory, remediation will need to be made for VYO participation to continue. Students are advised after missing a rehearsal to contact colleagues or the conductor and find out what was covered in that rehearsal (e.g. changes to bowings/fingerings, tempos set, passages rehearsed, etc.). Students / parents must contact Art DeQuasie regarding any rehearsals that must be missed.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Annual tuition fees for participation in the VYOA instrumental and choral programs vary. For 2016-17 tuition for the Vermont Youth Orchestra is $1850.00. Please note that tuition is non-refundable. The tuition fees for each ensemble program are announced in June.
Financial Aid: The VYOA believes strongly 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 and the application process for Financial Aid.
Vermont Youth Orchestra performances are professionally recorded and filmed. Both audio and video recordings are available for purchase. Audio recordings are available through Instant Encore by clicking here. Video recordings are available through RETN by clicking here. We would like to thank our media partner RETN for their wonderful work!
VYO Media Partner: RETN – Regional Educational Television Network