Fees & Financial Assistance

Principal$755
Bravura$695
Symphony$635
Concert$635
String$540
Wind$540
Jazz 1$330
Jazz 2$300

Payment Information

First child pays full membership fee. Sibling fees are reduced by $100 each for each sibling after the first. Payment, retreat and snack fees (see below), is expected by the first day of rehearsals. Membership and snack fees may be paid in full or divided into three payments due in September, October, and November. Retreat fees must be paid in full on the first day of rehearsals. If you cannot attend rehearsals on the first day, please mail a check at least 2 weeks prior to: PO Box 645, Fairfield, CT 06824

Financial Aid Policy

Financial Assistance
No child will be turned away for inability to pay. Financial aid awards are based on the income levels associated with the National School Lunch Program. Applications are due on the first day of rehearsals instead of a membership payment. Please click here for a financial assistance application form: Financial Aid Application Form. You must include a copy of your most recent tax return and/or a school lunch eligibility letter with your financial aid application. If you do not have a tax return, you must fill out and return the 4506T Request for Individual Tax Return Transcript with your application instead. All forms must be submitted by the first day of rehearsals with a $25 financial aid application fee per child, which will be credited to your account. Applying for financial aid does not guarantee that you will receive it. We regret that we can offer financial assistance only for basic membership, snack & retreat fees, not private lesson costs.
Instruments For Loan
GCTYO has a limited number of instruments which could be loaned to GCTYO musicians. Some of the instruments require minor repairs. Please email the Executive Director at gbyo@gbyo.org if you need a new or different instrument. Available instruments include violin, viola, cello, string bass, tuba, oboe, French horn, or flute.
Kubtec Bob & Dorothy Genualdi Scholarship
We are pleased to provide a scholarship for eligible GCTYO students in memory of Bob & Dorothy Genualdi. Bob & Dorothy dedicated their professional lives to GCTYO and the local music community. The scholarship will be provided through the generosity of KUBTEC, a local high-tech manufacturing company based in Stratford, CT and owned by a GCTYO family.

The KUBTEC Bob & Dorothy Genualdi Scholarship will be awarded to students who meet criteria based upon merit and financial need. Even if you do not qualify for a GCTYO financial aid award, you may qualify for a Genualdi Scholarship.

If you wish to be considered for a Genualdi Scholarship, please submit the Genualdi application in addition to a financial aid application by the first day of rehearsals. Applicants will be notified of scholarship decisions in October at which time membership accounts may be adjusted. Preference will be given to students new to GCTYO.

Retreat and Audition Fees

$25 Non-refundable Audition Fee

Retreat/Activity Fees

$80 Symphony, Bravura & Principal; $40 Concert, String & Wind. A separate Snack Fee of $25 per student will also be assessed.

Refunds

Students who withdraw from GCTYO at least 7 days prior to the retreat may receive a full refund of retreat fees upon request. Members may receive, upon request, a refund of retreat fees for medical and/or family emergencies.

Students who withdraw from GCTYO by October 1 may receive a full refund of membership fees upon request, less a $25 processing fee. Notification of withdrawal must be provided in writing to the Executive Director by Oct. 1. No refunds will be given after Oct. 1.

KUBTEC Bob & Dorothy Genualdi Scholarship

A scholarship in memory of Bob & Dorothy Genualdi, who gave so much to GCTYO and the local music community, will be provided through the generosity of KUBTEC, a local company based in Stratford, CT.

The KUBTEC Bob & Dorothy Genualdi Scholarship will be awarded to students who meet criteria based upon merit and financial need. Even if you do not qualify for a GCTYO financial aid award, you may qualify for a Genualdi Scholarship.

If you wish to be considered for a Genualdi Scholarship, please submit the Genualdi application (includes a short essay) in addition to a financial aid application by the first day of rehearsals each season.

Applicants will be notified of scholarship decisions in October at which time membership accounts may be adjusted. Preference will be given to students new to GCTYO.

Financial Assistance For International Trip

We expect to be able to offer financial assistance for a limited number of musicians for our 2020 Baltics trip. Students will be selected for assistance through an application process.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Member of Symphony, Principal or Jazz ensemble in 2019-20 season;
  • Member of GCTYO for at least one season prior to 2019-20 season;
  • Junior or Senior in high school in 2019-20 school year;
  • Never been on a GCTYO international trip;
  • Demonstrated need for financial assistance.
  • Students applying for trip assistance do not need to qualify for general GCTYO financial aid.
Application Process
To apply for trip assistance, fill out the regular GCTYO financial assistance form with backup tax documents and submit it to the Executive Director with an essay about why you want to travel with GCTYO and what benefits you expect from the experience. You may also include how you will contribute to the group.

Deadline for trip assistance application is October 1. Recipients will be notified of the amount of the award before the early bird discount window closes in the fall.

Scholarships From Other Organizations