Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras

Fees & Financial Assistance

Annual Membership Fees 2018/19 Season:

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

Jazz 1 – $330
Jazz 2 – $300

First child pays full membership fee; sibling fees are reduced by $100 each for each sibling after the first.

Payment, retreat and snack fees (see below), is expected by the first day of rehearsals on Sept. 8, 2018. Membership and snack fees may be paid in full or divided into three payments due in September, October, and November. Retreat fees must be paid in full on the first day of rehearsals.

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. Applications are due on the first day of rehearsals on September 8, 2018. Please click here for a financial assistance application form: 2018-19 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. All forms must 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 Beth at if you need a new or different instrument. Available instruments include violin, cello, string bass, tuba, flute, or clarinet.


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

A scholarship 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 Genualdi Scholarship.

If you wish to be considered for a Genualdi Scholarship, please submit the Genualdi application in addition to a financial aid application by Sept. 22, 2018. 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.

Retreat and Audition Fees:

$25 Non-refundable Audition Fee

Retreat/Activity Fees – $85 Symphony & Principal; $40 Concert, Percussion, String & Wind. A separate Snack Fee of $25 per student will also be assessed.


Students who withdraw from GBYO at least 7 days prior to the retreat may 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.

Students who withdraw from GBYO by October 1, 2018 may receive a full refund of membership fees upon request, less a $25 processing fee. Notification of withdrawal must be provided in writing to the Executive Director by Oct. 1. No refunds will be given after Oct. 1.