Commit to the annual calendar
VYOA orchestras meet from August through early May. Families will receive a full season calendar with their registration.
Agree to adhere to the attendance policy
Orchestra musicians are allowed two excused absences per concert cycle. Musicians who have three or more absences will be asked to play for their conductor.
Vermont Youth Orchestra and Vermont Youth Philharmonia = 3 concert cycles per year
Vermont Youth Strings = 2 concert cycles per year (Fall semester and Spring semester)
School Music Program Participation
The VYOA recognizes the importance of school music programs in our communities and their role in developing young people as musicians. Elementary and middle school musicians are required to participate in their school music program if there is one available. High school students are expected to participate in their school music programs. When scheduling conflicts arise between VYOA and school music events (especially performances), participation in those school music events is given precedence, resulting in an excused absence.
Annual Tuition Fee
Listed below are the 2019-2020 tuition rates. 2020-2021 rates are subject to change. The VYOA offers a robust financial aid program where households with an adjusted gross income up to $120,000 are eligible to apply.
Vermont Youth Orchestra = $1,875 Presto = $100 per session
Vermont Youth Philharmonia = $1,550 Da Capo = $150 per session
Vermont Youth Strings = $850 Prelude! = $700