Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras

Fees & Financial Assistance

Annual Membership Fees 2017/18 Season: (no increase from 16/17)

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

Jazz Ensemble – $330
New Jazz Ensemble(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, 2017. Only check or cash may be used for the installment plan, and a $5 fee for the second and third payments will be assessed ($10 additional total). A $15 convenience fee will be added to all credit card payments. Credit cards will only be accepted for payments in full. Retreat fees must be paid in full by Sept. 9. No refunds will be given for retreat fees.

2017-18 Financial Aid policy:


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 financial assistance application form: 2017-18 Financial Aid Application Form. You must include a copy of your most recent tax return with your financial aid application. If you do not have a tax return, you must fill out and return the 4506T Request for Individual Tax Return Transcript with your application instead. Information provided on financial aid forms is treated with the utmost confidentiality.

All forms should be submitted by 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 it. We regret that we can offer financial assistance only for basic membership, snack & retreat fees, not private lesson costs. 


GBYO has a limited number of instruments which could be loaned to GBYO musicians. Some of the instruments require minor repairs. Please email if you need a new or different instrument. Available instruments include violin, cello, string bass, tuba, flute, clarinet and French horn.


We are pleased to announce a new scholarship for eligible GBYO students.

Scholarships in memory of Bob & Dorothy Genualdi, who gave so much to GBYO and the local music community, will be provided through the generosity of KUBTEC, a local company based in Stratford, CT.

The KUBTEC Bob & Dorothy Genualdi Scholarship will be awarded to students who meet criteria based upon merit and financial need.  Even if you do not qualify for a GBYO financial aid award, you may qualify for a KUBTEC Genualdi Scholarship.

If you wish to be considered for a KUBTEC Genualdi Scholarship, please submit the scholarship application in addition to a financial aid application (see link above) by Sept. 16, 2017. Financial aid application with attachments must be submitted with scholarship application even if you do not qualify for financial aid. Applicants will be notified of scholarship decisions in October at which time membership accounts may be adjusted. Preference will be given to students new to GBYO.

2017-18 Retreat, Snack and Audition Fees:

Retreat/Activity Fees – $70 Symphony & Principal; $15 Concert, String & Wind. Retreat fees are non-refundable.

Snack Fee – $25 per family

$20 Non-refundable Audition Fee