About the Vermont Youth Orchestra

Founded in 1963, the Vermont Youth Orchestra (VYO) is the flagship and most advanced ensemble of the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association, drawing passionate and dedicated young musicians from throughout Vermont, the Adirondacks, and northern New Hampshire. It presents three major concerts each year at Burlington’s Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and also performs at community events, school tours and in small-ensemble recitals. In the past decade, VYO has performed concert tours to China, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Iceland, Spain, Portugal, and Greece.

Conductor: Dr. Mark Alpizar
Manager: Arthur DeQuasie

2023-24 Registration Materials

VYOA 2023-24 Orchestra Tuition and Media Consent Form

VYOA 2023-24 Medical Form

VYOA 2023-24 Financial Aid Form

VYO Schedule 2023-24

Vermont Youth Orchestra Schedule 2023-24


Auditions are held annually in May at the Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael’s College. New students interested in joining the VYO are welcome to audition during this period.  Current members must audition in order to participate in the organization each season.

Click here for more information on auditions

Tuition & Financial Aid

Annual tuition fees for participation in the VYOA instrumental programs vary. For 2023-24 tuition for the Vermont Youth Orchestra is $1,900.00. Please note that tuition is non-refundable. The tuition fees for each ensemble program are announced in June.

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 qualifying families who wish to apply. Please contact our office for additional information on Financial Aid options and the application process for Financial Aid.

Concert Recordings

Vermont Youth Orchestra performances are professionally recorded and filmed. Video recordings are available through Media Factory by clicking here. We would like to thank our media partner Media Factory for their wonderful work!

VYO Media Partner:  Media Factory