Vermont Youth Orchestra

Vermont Youth Orchestra

It’s a joy and a privilege working with the members of the Vermont Youth Orchestra, exploring masterworks of the orchestral repertoire together while deepening our musical skills, developing stronger connections to the heritage of the orchestra experience, and building a strong, mutually supportive culture of artistic excellence. Every time I step on the podium with the VYO, I’m reminded of all the wonderful musicians who taught, mentored, and nurtured me. I’m grateful to be able to honor them by passing along their legacy to these dedicated young musicians.

– Jeffrey Domoto, Vermont Youth Orchestra Conductor and VYOA Music Director

General Information

Founded in 1963, the VYO draws its members from among the most talented young musicians in Vermont, New York and 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 and small-ensemble recitals. The VYO has in the past decade toured in China, France, Germany, and Czech Republic with the orchestra currently preparing to travel to Iceland in June 2015. 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

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!

Schedule (2014-15)

Reveille!: Wed, August 6 thru Fri, August 8; 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Elley-Long Music Center
August Rehearsals: Mondays, Aug 11, 18, 25; 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Weekly Rehearsals (Sept-May): Sunday afternoons from 12:45 to 3:45 p.m.

Concert Dates

  • Friday, September 26, all day: VYO School Tour to Hanover (NH) High School and Norwich (VT) Elementary
  • Sunday, September 28, 3:00 p.m.  VYO Fall Concert at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
  • Sunday, December 14, 4:00 p.m.  Orchestra/ChorusPalooza at the Flynn Center
  • Wednesday, December 31, 1:00 p.m.  First Night Burlington concert at the Flynn Center
  • Sunday, January 25, 3:00 p.m.  VYO Young Artist Festival concert at the Flynn Center
  • Sunday, May 3, 3:00 p.m.  VYO Spring Concert at the Flynn Center
  • Sunday, June 21, time TBA: VYO Iceland Tour Bon Voyage concert, Elley-Long Music Center
  • Thursday, June 25, time TBA: Collaborative concert with students from Akuryeri Music School at Berg Concert Hall in Dalvík, Iceland
  • Monday, June 29, time TBA: Collaborative concert with Iceland Youth Symphony Orchestra, location TBA

Schedule (2015-16)

Reveille!: Wed, August 12 thru Fri, August 14; 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Elley-Long Music Center
August Rehearsals: Mondays, Aug 17, 24, 31; 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Weekly Rehearsals (Sept-May): Sunday afternoons from 12:45 to 3:45 p.m.

Concert Dates: TBA

Registration materials

Registration and information packets for the 2015-16 season will be available in early June.

2014-15 VYO Info Packet
2014-15 VYO Registration Packet

Everyone worked really hard during Reveille but we also found time to have some fun!


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.

Click here for more information on auditions

Attendance Policy

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 Mr. Domoto 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 2014-15 tuition for the Vermont Youth Orchestra is $1725.00. 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.

Download the financial aid application


VYO Media Partner:  RETN – Regional Educational Television Network.