General Information

Prelude! is a 10-week program for students entering grades 1-5 who are interested in learning to play a string instrument in an ensemble setting. Students may choose from violin, viola, cello, and double bass, but only students in grades 3-5 can select double bass. Registration for our fall 2022 session is currently closed. For more information and class inquiries, please contact ensemble manager Myriam Bouti at

Conductor: Kathleen Kono
Ensemble Manager: Myriam Bouti,
Rehearsals for Fall 2022 session: Sunday afternoons from 12:30 pm-1:30 pm at Elley-Long Music Center.  September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20 (Note: there is no class on October 16th due to the Vermont Youth Orchestra concert at Spruce Peak.)

Attendance Policy

The VYOA believes that full participation by all members of each ensemble leads to greater success and more fun!  Prelude! students are allowed 2 rehearsal absences per semester for illness or an unavoidable schedule conflict. If students must miss more than 2 rehearsals in a given semester, we ask them to come in and play for the conductor as a check-in to make sure they are keeping up with the pace of the course.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Annual tuition fees for participation in the VYOA vary. 2022-23 Prelude! tuition is $500.00. The cost of tuition includes the student’s 10-week instrument rental, method book, and musical training. Please note that tuition is non-refundable

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 qualifying families who wish to apply. Financial aid requests are due Friday, September 2, 2022. Please see the financial aid application for a list of materials needed to apply. 

Financial Aid Application