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

2024-25 Tuition: $1,950 (Please note tuition is non-refundable.)

Financial Aid: The VYOA is committed to ensuring that no child is discouraged from participating due to financial circumstances. Need-based financial aid is available to all qualifying families with a combined household income up to $120,000 who wish to apply. You can find the 2024-25 online financial aid application here.

VYO Schedule 2024-25

VYO Schedule 2024-25


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

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