Symphony Orchestra Registration 24-25

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 ten 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 2 (Labor Day) and May 26 (Memorial Day)

Important Dates

August Retreat: August 4-8, 2024
First Regular Rehearsal: August 18
Parent Meeting: September 8
Opener Concert: October 27
Holiday Concert: December 8
Spring Concert
: March 29
Season Finale Concert: June 1

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 Tuition Fee, Retreat Fee, and Ticket Fee. We kindly request 100% parent participation at the level of your ability, for the Annual Fund Campaign.*

Tuition Fee: $1,850 ($740 deposit due with registration; remainder due 9/1)
August Retreat: $1,085 ($542.50 due 6/15; remainder due 7/15)
10-Ticket Card: $150 (due 8/15; tickets to be used to attend GSYO performances during the 24-25 season)

The tuition deposit is due at this time. The other fees (Retreat and Tickets) can be paid now (see payment links) or by the dates indicated.

Golden State Youth Orchestra, like any organization, would appreciate check or ACH payments. These payment methods will help GSYO reduce credit card fees and allow us to allocate financial resources towards orchestra programs.

Check/Electronic Funds Transfer Discount: GSYO offers a fee discount for those who prefer to pay by check or electronic funds transfer (via ACH).
     Tuition Fee: $1,800 ($720 due with registration; remainder due 9/1)
     August Retreat: $1,050 ($525 due 6/15; remainder due 7/15)
Please note, if you make your tuition deposit payment or first retreat payment via check or ACH, any subsequent tuition or final retreat payments (for the season) be made by check or ACH.

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 $100 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.

*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.

Waiting List

In order to ensure placement in the next season, your tuition deposit and registration forms must be received no later than May 9, 2024. 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.


Review the Financial obligations (add the payment dates to your calendar or submit a credit card authorization form - if paying by CC) and read through and fill out the registration forms (see below). The forms outline the code of conduct, attendance and seating policies, health summary, 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 Tuition Deposit, and additional fees (Retreat and 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 June.

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