Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras

Membership Information

SAB_9135-2Students in grades 5-12, who play orchestral or band instruments, are eligible to audition for developmentally appropriate orchestras, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble. Current members must also audition each year. Please note that in order to audition for Jazz Ensemble, the musicians are required to play in one of the other GBYO ensembles. Students in grade 4 may audition with the Music Director’s approval. Email to inquire.

GBYO expects its members – string, woodwind, brass, and percussion – to remain in good standing as participants in their respective school instrumental music programs, where they exist. Private lessons alone are NOT a substitute for participation in school instrumental music programs.

All instruments welcome! For more information, email

Click here to download 2017 GBYO Audition form

Audition schedule for 2017-18 season:

New Student Auditions: June 14, 2017. 3 pm – 9 pm @ Tomlinson MS, 200 Unquowa Rd., Fairfield.

New & Returning Student Auditions: Saturday, August 26. 9 am – 4 pm, VIOLINS ONLY.

Monday, August 28 – Thursday, August 31. 3 pm – 9 pm, All Instruments.

Registration is required. New students will be assigned June audition unless otherwise requested.

Click here to download 2017 GBYO Audition form


Fast & simple: You can now pay by PayPal and email the form to!

Click on the PayPal link to pay your $20 audition fee or send a check to PO Box 645, Fairfield, CT 06824.



Annual Membership Fees 2016/17 Season: (17-18 fees TBD)

Principal — $755
Symphony — $635
Concert — $635
String — $540
Wind — $540

Jazz – $330
Junior Jazz (need 15 students to run) – $300

First child pays full membership fee, which includes two adult season tickets for the three family concerts; sibling fees are reduced by $100 each.

Payment, retreat and snack fees (see below), will be expected by the first day of rehearsal on Sept. 9, 2017. Membership and snack fees may be paid in full or divided into three payments due Sept. 9, Oct. 14, and Nov. 11, 2016. Retreat fees must be paid in full by Sept. 9.

2016-17 Financial Aid policy: (17-18 forms to come)

No child will be turned away for inability to pay. Financial aid awards are based on the income levels associated with the National School Lunch Program. Please click here for a Scholarship Form: 2016-17 Financial Aid Application Form. You must also fill out and return the 4506T Request for Individual Tax Return Transcript with your application. Both forms should be submitted on the first day of rehearsals with a $25 financial aid application fee per child, which will be credited to your account. Applying for financial aid does not guarantee that you will receive financial aid. We regret that we can offer aid only for basic membership & retreat fees, not for extra programs or private lesson costs.

2016-17 Retreat and Audition Fees: (17-18 fees TBD)

$20 Non-refundable Audition Fee

Retreat/Activity Fees – $65 Symphony & Principal; $22 Concert, String & Wind. A separate Snack Fee of $25 per family will be assessed this year.


Students who withdraw from GBYO at least 7 days prior to the retreat receive a full refund of retreat fees upon request. Members may receive, upon request, a refund of retreat fees for medical and/or family emergencies.