Registration for the 2023-24 season is closed

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Playing an instrument helps kids foster a general love of music making, discover their own unique voice for personal expression, and develop many life skills, including responsibility, discipline, concentration, and so much more. The Vermont Youth Orchestra Association’s Lesson Program is designed for students who are interested in learning to play an instrument for the first time, or for young musicians who are continuing to develop their technique. 30, 45, and 60-minute individual lessons are available. Lessons begin the week of September 11 and include 28 lessons and two studio recitals.

2023-24 Lessons Rates 

Individual private lesson students receive 28 lessons and 2 studio recitals (including accompanist fees).

  • $1,260 – 30 minutes ($42/service) 
  • $1,560 – 45 minutes ($52/service)
  • $1,860 – 60 minutes ($62/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 is committed to ensuring that no child is turned away from participating due to financial need. Need-based financial aid is available to all qualifying families with a combined household income up to $120,000 who wish to apply. The online financial aid application for the 2023-24 Lesson Program season is open now.  Please submit your request as soon as possible. The deadline for Lesson Program requests is August 25, 2023. Your most recent tax documents and a $50 deposit will need to accompany your application. Additional questions can be emailed to

Meet the Faculty

Myriam Bouti

Lesson Program Coordinator


Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion

Laurel Maurer – Flute

Katie Oprea – Oboe

Elisabeth LeBlanc – Clarinet

Max Grube – Bassoon

Bill Karstens – French Horn

Brandon Jones – Trumpet

Jesse Metzler – Trombone

Tim Foley – Tuba

Nic Cannizzaro – Percussion


Ben Lively – Violin/Viola

Allison Marino – Violin/Viola

Holly Thistle – Violin

Jiwon Lee – Cello

Bill Tilley – Double Bass