All students 12 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated by January 1, 2022 and students ages 5-11 must be fully vaccinated by February 1, 2022. Unvaccinated students will need to submit a weekly negative PCR test taken within 96 hours of the scheduled lesson to participate. Due to the high number of COVID-19 infections from the Omicron variant, the VYOA is now accepting negative home rapid antigen tests taken the morning of the lesson.


The Vermont Youth Orchestra Association’s Lesson Program is designed for students who are interested in learning to play a string instrument. 30, 45, and 60-minute individual lessons on violin, viola, or cello are available.

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

Enroll Today in our Fall 2021 session!

Once we’ve received a completed registration, a staff member will contact you with available lesson times. 

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2021-2022 Rates

Individual private lesson students receive 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 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 school year.” –Tom & Aika

Meet the Faculty


Violin & Viola

Patricia is the VYOA’s Lesson and Community Programs Manager, 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.