Symphony Orchestra Registration 23-24

The Symphony Orchestra program is GSYO's most advanced level ensemble, performing professional symphony repertoire. This award-winning ensemble is comprised of more than one hundred and twenty talented musicians from throughout the Bay Area. This orchestra studies under the baton of Yun Song Tay, GSYO Music Director, who challenges the musicians to reach a high level of achievement.

Regular rehearsals: Sunday, 3:30-6:30pm at Union Presbyterian Church, Los Altos

Monday rehearsals on the following three-day weekends: September 4 (Labor Day) and May 27 (Memorial Day)

Important Dates

August Retreat: August 3-8, 2023
First Regular Rehearsal: August 20
Parent Meeting: September 10
Opener Concert: November 5
Holiday Concert: December 10
Bay Area Youth Orchestra Festival: January 14, 2024*
Spring Concert: March 30
Season Finale Concert: June 2
Tour Rehearsals: June 14-18, 2024
Bon Voyage Concert: June 19
International Tour: June 22-July 3, 2024

Each concert will have one dress rehearsal, which will fall on Thursday (usually) or Sat/Sun (occasionally). The full season schedule will be available in August.

Financial Obligations

Your required financial obligation will be the Tour Fee, Tuition Fee, Retreat Fee, and Ticket Fee. We kindly request 100% parent participation at the level of your ability, for the Annual Fund Campaign.*

International Tour: $5,200 ($1,000 deposit due 5/11; $4,200 remainder due 10/1)
Tuition Fee: $1,700
(due 9/1)
August Retreat: $1,200 ($600 due 6/15; remainder due 7/15)
10-Ticket Card: $150 (due 8/15)

The tour deposit is due at this time. The other fees (Retreat and Tickets) can be paid now (see payment options at the end of registration) or by the dates indicated.

*We ask all of our families to make a tax-deductible donation to GSYO during the season. The Fall Annual Fund Campaign is a vital part of the budget, and our goal is 100% participation. Although not required, substantive member donations are an important signal to outside funding organizations. Even a small donation of any size to GSYO during the season can make a big difference when everyone participates. In addition, we ask all families to volunteer at GSYO concerts and on GSYO teams throughout the season.

Financial Aid: It is the policy of GSYO that no student should be excluded from participation due to financial hardship. Financial Aid is need-based. If you would like to apply for financial aid, please fill out the application (included in registration forms) and make the $550 payment at this time. You must either upload a copy of your most recent Federal Tax Return or mail a copy to the GSYO Administrative Office at 4055 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303 to complete your request.

Family Discount: Families with more than one musician enrolled in GSYO can take a 10% discount on the tuition fee (not applicable to tickets or camps/retreats); instructions and information available in the registration forms.

Waiting List

In order to ensure placement in the next season, your tour deposit and registration forms must be received no later than May 11, 2023. This is a firm deadline! Otherwise, you risk replacement by applicants who are on the waiting list.

If you are unable to make your decision (we do not receive registration and a deposit) by the due date, you will be placed on the GSYO waiting list for next season. All returning and new members who are committed to the tour will have priority. Other students will be placed as space allows.


Review the Financial obligations (add the payment dates to your calendar or submit a credit card authorization form) and read through and fill out the registration forms (see below). The forms outline the code of conduct, attendance and seating policies, Tour details, Retreat details, health summary (proof of Covid-19 vaccination required), waivers, and financial aid (if applicable). The forms are designed to allow you to work on them, leave, and return later to continue. You do not need to create a Jotform account or sign in with email - select "Skip create account" if that is your preference.

At the end of the forms, you will have a place to enter payment information for the Tour Deposit, and additional fees (Tuition, Retreat, Tickets) can be made at the same time or by the due dates indicated. The enrollment is complete when the forms and deposit have been received by GSYO. You should receive an email confirming your forms, with a PDF of the forms and informational pages, to the email provided.

Seating audition music will be available to the musicians in early June.

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