VYP is conducted by Dr. Yutaka Kono, Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Vermont and Director of the UVM Orchestra. This orchestra presents three concerts each season, and performs locally during annual school tours.
Schedule for August 2018: (updated 12/19/17)
Reveille!: Monday, August 6 thru Friday, August 10, 2018; 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Elley-Long Music Center
Mondays, Aug 13, 20, 27; 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Weekly Rehearsal: Sunday afternoons from 3:45 to 6:15 p.m. (September thru April)
Auditions are held annually in May at the Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael’s College. New students interested in joining the VYP 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 events such as school, sports, 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.
VYP students are allowed no more than two absences in each set of rehearsals leading up to a major concert.
VYP 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 in who have absences in excess of the allowance will be required to re-audition for Dr. Kono 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 VYP 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 the 2017-18 season, tuition for Vermont Youth Philharmonia is $1525.00. Please note that tuition is non-refundable. The tuition fees for each ensemble program are announced in June and published in the VYOA Handbook given to each student at the beginning of each concert season.
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 or to receive a hard-copy of the Financial Aid form.
Vermont Youth Philharmonia performances are professionally recorded. Audio recordings are available for purchase through Instant Encore by clicking here.