Please Note: The VYOA has a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all musicians.

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 to participate.

General Information

Prelude is 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. Our spring 2022 session begins January 9th. The cost of tuition includes the student’s 10-week instrument rental, method book, and musical training.

Conductor: Kathleen Kono
Ensemble Manager: Myriam Bouti,
Rehearsals for 2021-22: Sunday afternoons from 12:30 pm-1:30 pm at Elley-Long Music Center.  January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 20, March 6, 13, 20, 27

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. During the 2021-2022 season, tuition for Prelude is $400.00. 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 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 application.

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