Tuition, Fees and Commitments
Please note: Information has now been updated to include commitments for the
Participating families/musicians have a three-part obligation to enroll in the Youth Symphony of Kansas City.
Tuition for 2017-18 ranges from $396 to $596 depending on the orchestra.
Symphony Orchestra: $596*
Academy Orchestra: $596*
Philharmonic Orchestra: $596*
Debut Orchestra: $596*
Overture Program: $396
Sibling Discount: Families with more than one musician participating receive a 10% discount on tuition. See additional details below.
* Includes beginning of the year retreat fees. Students will receive retreat information upon acceptance.
2. Charitable Contribution**
Each family is responsible for securing $120 in Charitable Contributions.**
Charitable Contributions enable the Youth Symphony to maintain reasonable program fees. An engaged community of contributors is crucial in developing awareness of the program. All families are required to secure Charitable Contributions totaling $120.
**not applicable to Overture Program student participants
3. Volunteer Credits
Each family is responsible for providing 6 hours of volunteer service or paying an additional fee of $150.
Volunteer credits may be fulfilled by performing set-up and tear-down duties at rehearsals and concerts, providing drinks and snacks, or by assisting with office mailings among fulfilling other needs. A limited number of volunteer jobs that span the entire season are available which also fulfill the volunteer hours requirement and, in certain cases, other aspects of the three-part commitment.
Additional Program Commitment Information
Generous tuition assistance is available for families with qualified financial need. Financial Aid application forms can be found here.
School Program Participation
The Musician agrees to participate in his/her school music program if available, on the instrument that he/she plays in the Youth Symphony. For example, a Musician who plays a string instrument in the Youth Symphony must be in the school orchestra, if available, and a Musician who plays a wind, brass or percussion instrument in the Youth Symphony must be in band, if available.
Families with more than one musician participating receive a 10% discount on all tuition. Each family is responsible only once for the charitable contribution and volunteer hours commitments, regardless of how many musicians participate in the program.
A non-refundable tuition deposit equal to half of the annual tuition is required to secure a position in the program. Families seeking financial assistance will submit a financial aid form in lieu of an initial deposit upon acceptance.