Play with Us! Enrollment for fall lesson program is now open.


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. Lesson begin the week of September 11 and include 28 lessons and two studio recitals.

Enroll Today Summer Lessons!

We recognize the importance of continuing lessons throughout the summer. This year, you can enroll your child in a 4, 5, or 6 lesson package. All lessons take place at the Elley-Long Music Center. Tuition rates are below:

30-Minute Lessons: $42/lesson ($1260 for the year)

45-Minute Lessons: $52/lesson ($1560 for the year)

60-Minute Lessons: $62/lesson ($1860 for the year)

2022-23 Lessons Rates (2023-24 Lesson Rates will be posted soon)

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 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. Financial aid applications for the 2022-23 Lesson Program season are due Friday, August 26, 2022. To learn more about the application and award timeline, please read the financial aid application below. Your most recent tax documents and a $50 deposit will need to accompany your application. Additional questions can be emailed to

Meet the Faculty


Program Manager/Violin & Viola

Eddy is the VYOA’s Lesson and Community Programs Manager, as well as the violin & viola teacher. Lessons with Eddy will be offered in the 2022 fall season. Learn more about Eddy by clicking on the photo.

Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion

Katie Oprea – Oboe

Elisabeth LeBlanc – Clarinet

Max Grube – Bassoon

Bill Karstens – French Horn

Brandon Jones – Trumpet

Jesse Metzler – Trombone

Nic Cannizzaro – Percussion


Holly Thistle – Violin

Michael Close – Cello

Bill Tilley – Double Bass