$825 annually, invoiced at the beginning of the school year.

The Youth Symphony is a school-year program. Members are expected to commit to the full school year. Payment (please wait for your invoice) is due at the beginning of the fall set. Parents of students who join mid-year will receive a pro-rated invoice. Please see below for payment options and our refund policy. Payment is non-refundable, except under extenuating circumstances.

Tuition for the Youth Symphony goes toward the costs of running the organization, including rental of our rehearsal space, concert venues, and audition rooms; insurance; compensation for the Music Director and Operations Manager; hiring professional musicians to coach sectionals four times a year; maintenance of our music library; purchasing new music as needed; copying and preparing music booklets for our students in fall, winter, and spring; and the occasional purchase and maintenance of instruments and supplies (such as music stands). Board members and families contribute countless hours of their time as well on a volunteer basis to help the orchestra run smoothly.


A $100 sibling discount is available for families with more than one musician in the symphony.

Financial Aid

No musician will be excluded due to financial need. Scholarships and financial aid are available. Please fill out the Financial Aid section of the Audition/Application Form to be considered for financial aid.

Refund Policy

The Youth Symphony is a school-year program. Members are expected to commit to the full school year. If your child needs to leave the orchestra before the end of the school year, please contact our board treasurer, Joe Brookshier. We can recharacterize the balance of your tuition as a donation and send you a letter acknowledging your donation. In cases of hardship, we may be able to refund up to 50% of your remaining pro-rated tuition. No refunds will be given for students who leave after the first two weeks of the spring set.

Payment Options (check or credit card accepted):

Invoices will be emailed in mid-September. Please wait for your invoice before submitting your payment.

  1. Full payment: $825 due in mid-October (invoice will include due date)
  2. Two installments: $412.50 due mid-October and mid-November (invoice will include due dates)
  3. Three installments: $275 due mid-October, mid-November, and mid-December (invoice will include due dates)

If paying by check, please make your check payable to Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony and mail it to:

Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony
PO Box 566
Santa Cruz, CA 95061

If paying by credit card (via PayPal), choose from the dropdown, then click the yellow button to proceed:

Tuition Payments