Fees & Financial Assistance
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
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 gctyo[at]gctyo[dot]org if you need a new or different instrument. Available instruments include violin, viola, cello, string bass, tuba, oboe, French horn, or flute.
Retreat and Audition Fees
$25 Non-refundable Audition Fee
$80 Symphony, Bravura & Principal; $40 Concert, String & Wind. A separate Snack Fee of $25 per student will also be assessed.
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
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 (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.
Vincent J. Pezzella Scholarship
We are pleased to provide a scholarship for eligible GCTYO students in memory of Vincent J. Pezzella. Vincent was a member of the Trumbull High School Marching Band and Winter Percussion programs for five years. He went on to pursue music in college at Hofstra University. His life was surrounded by music because of his love for it.
This scholarship will be provided through a fund that has been set up in Vincent’s name to a candidate who loves music as much as he did. It is a way to make it easier for young musicians to pursue their love of music.
The Vincent J. Pezzella 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 Pezzella Scholarship.
If you wish to be considered for a Vincent J. Pezzella Scholarship, please submit the VJP 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.
Financial Assistance For International Trip
We expect to be able to offer financial assistance for a limited number of musicians for our international trips. Students will be selected for assistance through an application process.
Students must meet the following criteria to apply:
- Member of Symphony, Bravura, Principal or Jazz I in the season leading up to the trip;
- Member of GCTYO for at least one season prior to the trip season;
- Junior or Senior in high school in the school year leading up to the trip;
- 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.
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.