Endangered Instruments

This program provides subsidized private lessons to encourage students to play instruments that are typically difficult to recruit for our orchestras (currently string bass, French horn, trombone, and bassoon)


NEW FOR 2017-18: Prelude! is a beginner strings program for grades 2-5 – no experience necessary. Tuition includes instruction, instrument rental & method book.


NEW FOR 2018-19: Coda is a tuition-based private lesson program for string players(violin, viola, cello, bass) who have completed Prelude! or one year of school instruction. Tuition includes 28 half hour lessons from September through June, enrollment in fall and spring Presto sessions (our six-week string orchestra that meets on Sunday afternoon), and two studio recitals.

Presto (Strings)

Designed for the young musician, Presto offers beginning string players an introduction to ensemble playing in a fun and encouraging environment. Two, 6-week sessions are offered, each culminating in a concert for family and friends.

Music Inspires

Music Inspires is the VYOA’s community engagement program committed to eliminating access barriers to students from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Music Inspires provides group lessons, coachings, instruments, school-day performances, and materials at no cost to students and their families or their schools.

Rug Concerts

Rug Concerts introduce young children (ages 5 & under) to instruments, singers, and composers in an intimate and child-friendly setting.

Summer Symphony Camp

VYOA Summer Symphony Camp offers a fun introduction to symphony & jazz orchestra. All students will participate in both ensembles, performing a wide range of styles spanning many musical genres.