Financial Aid

All students should have the opportunity to excel musically! The GCYO Board of Directors has established a scholarship fund to assist families with the high cost of raising a musician. Financial aid awards are made for private lessons, GCYO tuition fees, and summer music programs. Awards are based on financial need, the student’s participation in GCYO, and a teacher recommendation. The scholarship decisions are made by the scholarship committee.

Fall Deadlines:


Tuition Assistance:

Application must be completed by August 1, 2024. To apply for tuition assistance go to Request for GCYO Fee Assistance

Private Lessons:

This scholarship program is designed to assist parents with the high cost of private lessons. Applicants must apply by September 30 2024. Funds will be sent to the teacher or institution providing lessons. To apply for financial assistance go to Private Lesson Assistance


Spring Deadlines:


Summer Studies Scholarships:

Summer Studies Scholarships are to be used for summer music programs. These scholarships are open to all members of GCYO who are returning next year.

How to apply: Fill out and submit the application below by 5/11/2024. Apply here: Request for Summer Studies Scholarship

Senior Scholarship:

Graduating seniors who will be pursuing a music degree in college may apply for the Senior Scholarship. There will be one scholarship awarded, amount to be determined by GCYO Board.

How to apply: Fill out and submit the application below by 5/11/2024.

Audition requirements and procedures

  • Prepare a brief (no more than 5 minute) selection of solo repertoire. Be sure to select a solo that demonstrates your highest level of musicianship and technique.
  • Make a video recording of your solo (cell phone recording are perfect). Be sure your recording shows you and your instrument.
  • Upload the recording to Youtube, and add the unlisted link to the form below.


Summer Deadlines:


Kennedy Center Trip Assistance:

Application must be completed by June 15, 2024. To apply for this scholarship you must be a student in YAO (24-25) and have registered and submitted the down payment for the Kennedy Center Trip. Awards will be announced on August 1. To apply for this scholarship go here: Kennedy Center Trip Assistance


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