Tuition, Fees and Commitments

Please note: Information has now been updated to include commitments for the
2020-2021 season.

Participating families/musicians have a two-part obligation to enroll in the Youth Symphony of Kansas City.

1. Tuition

Tuition for 2020-21 ranges from $396 to $846 depending on the orchestra.

  • Symphony Orchestra: $846
  • Academy Orchestra: $796
  • Philharmonic Orchestra: $796
  • Debut Orchestra: $796
  • Overture Program: $396
  • PercussionKC: $396
  • Sibling Discount: Families with more than one musician participating receive a discount on tuition. See additional details below.

2. Volunteer Credits

Each family is responsible for providing 5 credits 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.

Additional Program Commitment Information

Financial Assistance
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.

Sibling Discount
Families with more than one musician participating receive a discount on tuition. Pay full tuition for the first child and each additional sibling receives a $100 credit on their Youth Symphony tuition. Sibling discount is not applicable for musicians in Overture Program.

Tuition Deposit
There is also a non-refundable $35 per student registration fee upon ensemble acceptance and a non-refundable tuition deposit equal to one-third 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.