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CSYSA Tuition

The Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association offers a comprehensive, year-long program beginning with summer camp in July and August and ending with our Spring Concerts in May. Our tuition rates are all-inclusive and are subsidized through fundraising, donor cultivation, and other marketing activities.

What do families' tuition fees cover?
  • Weekly 2-hour rehearsals from late-August through April

  • Weekly sectional instruction with top professionals

  • 3-day sleep-away summer music camp in the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains

  • Complimentary tickets to 4 concerts per year at the Ent Center for the Arts and the Pikes Peak Center

  • Local outreach tours

  • Opportunities to work with invited guest artists

​Other Opportunities
  • Chamber Music Program: Chamber ensemble rehearsal coached by professional chamber musicians with opportunities to perform at the Ent Center for the Arts and in the community.

  • Weekend 1-day instrument camps throughout the year featuring small group
    coaching from professional musicians all around Colorado and the Southwest.

  • Young Artist Solo Competition*: Held every January, this competition allows young musicians to audition in front of a panel of judges in Packard Hall at Colorado College. The Competition is open to members of Youth Symphony, Ovation, and Pikes Peak Wind Symphony. The top 4 winners receive scholarships and various solo performance opportunities. The 1st place winner is featured with the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony. (*A $20 audition fee applies.)

"... a model program for player development." - Wes Kenny, CSU-Ft.Collins

Financial Aid

The CSYSA maintains a robust need-based financial aid program available to all families who enroll. It is our intent that all accepted students are able to participate regardless of the family's financial situation. The program makes it possible for every student to participate regardless of socio-economic background or financial hardship.


In addition to our required fundraiser typically held in the fall, the CSYSA offers many opportunities to raise funds to defray the cost of participation  through program ad sales, greeting card fundraisers, and oil change sales all directly benefiting student accounts. Contact the CSYSA office with any further questions.

How does the CSYSA compare with other youth programs and activities?

Large Youth Orchestras Across the USA - Tuition Costs

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Other activities:

  • Club sport programs: $1,000-$4,000+ annually

  • Marching band: $300-$1500 per year

  • Studio Dance: $500-$2,000 annually

"Participation in Youth Symphony ensembles strengthens my students as players, increases motivation, and makes them leaders in their school programs.  I highly recommend auditioning for the CSYSA!" - Nancy Andrew, Flute Instructor

2023-2024 CSYSA Season Tuition Rates

  • The Colorado Springs Youth Symphony: $1,232

  • Ovation Youth Orchestra: $1,180

  • Ascent Big Band: $794

  • Pikes Peak Wind Symphony: $1,151

  • Bravo! Winds: $1,033

  • Pinnacle Jazz: $794

  • Vivace String Orchestra: $1,151

  • Allegro String Orchestra: $1,063

  • Amadeus String Orchestra: $925

  • Wolfgang String Orchestra: $754

  • Mozart Strings Project: $561

With financial aid, fundraising, complimentary tickets, camps, local tours, master classes, and professional weekly sectionals, you will not find a better value for your student than participation in the CSYSA!

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