General Information

Vermont Youth Strings (VYS), our youngest string orchestra, is conducted by VYO alum Ace Ali! The 35-50 young VYS musicians learn the essential skills of ensemble playing with other students from across Vermont. VYS holds a 2-day Mini-Camp in August, presents two concerts each year, performs in local schools and is famous for their themed orchestra parties during the season! Students are accepted into VYS based on audition.

Conductor: Asiat “Ace” Ali
Operations Assistant: Myriam Bouti

2023-24 Registration Materials

VYOA 2023-24 Orchestra Tuition and Media Consent Form

VYOA 2023-24 Medical Form

VYOA 2023-24 Financial Aid Form


VYS Schedule 2023-24

VYS Schedule 2023-24



Would you like to play in Vermont Youth Strings?

We hold auditions for VYS twice a year & welcome you to join us! Mid-year auditions are held in December, for new students only, with accepted students joining us in January. Annual auditions are held in May, for all current and new students, for the following season that begins with Mini-Camp in August. Click here for more information on auditions.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Annual tuition fees for participation in the VYOA instrumental programs vary. For the 2023-24 season, tuition for Vermont Youth Strings is $875.00. Please note that tuition is non-refundable. The tuition fees for each ensemble program are announced in June and published in the VYOA Handbook given to each student at the beginning of each concert season.

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 or to receive a hard-copy of the Financial Aid application.