Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras

Membership Information

SAB_9135-2Students in grades 5-12, who play orchestral or band instruments, are eligible to audition for developmentally appropriate orchestras, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble. Current members must also audition each year. Please note that in order to audition for Jazz Ensemble, the musicians are required to play in one of the other GBYO ensembles. Students in grade 4 may audition with the Music Director’s approval. Email to inquire.

GBYO expects its members – string, woodwind, brass, and percussion – to remain in good standing as participants in their respective school instrumental music programs, where they exist. Private lessons alone are NOT a substitute for participation in school instrumental music programs.

All instruments welcome! For more information, email

Click here to download 2017 GBYO Audition form

Audition schedule for 2017-18 season:

New & Returning Student Auditions: Saturday, August 26. 9 am – 5 pm, VIOLINS ONLY.

Monday, August 28 – Thursday, August 31. 3 pm – 9 pm, All Instruments.

Registration is required. New students will be assigned June audition unless otherwise requested.

Click here to download 2017 GBYO Audition form


Fast & simple: You can now pay by PayPal and email the form to!

Click on the PayPal link to pay your $20 audition fee or send a check to PO Box 645, Fairfield, CT 06824.


Annual Membership Fees 2017/18 Season: (no increase from 16/17)

Principal — $755
Symphony — $635
Concert — $635
String — $540
Wind — $540

Jazz – $330
Junior Jazz (need 15 students to run) – $300

First child pays full membership fee, which includes two adult season tickets for the three family concerts; sibling fees are reduced by $100 each.

Payment, retreat and snack fees (see below), will be expected by the first day of rehearsal on Sept. 9, 2017. Membership and snack fees may be paid in full or divided into three payments due Sept. 9, Oct. 14, and Nov. 11, 2017. Retreat fees must be paid in full by Sept. 9.

2017-18 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. Please click here for a financial assistance application form: 2017-18 Financial Aid Application Form. You must include a copy of your most recent tax return 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 should 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. 


GBYO has a limited number of instruments which could be loaned to GBYO musicians. Some of the instruments require minor repairs. Please email Beth at if you need a new or different instrument. Available instruments include violin, cello, string bass, tuba, flute, clarinet and French horn.


We are pleased to announce a new scholarship for eligible GBYO students.

A scholarship in memory of Bob & Dorothy Genualdi, who gave so much to GBYO 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 GBYO 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 (TO COME – includes a short essay) in addition to a financial aid application by Sept. 16, 2017. 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 GBYO.

2016-17 Retreat and Audition Fees: (17-18 fees TBD)

$20 Non-refundable Audition Fee

Retreat/Activity Fees – $65 Symphony & Principal; $22 Concert, String & Wind. A separate Snack Fee of $25 per family will be assessed this year.


Students who withdraw from GBYO 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 GBYO by October 1, 2017 may receive a full refund of membership fees upon request. Notification of withdrawal must be provided in writing to the Executive Director by Oct. 1. No refunds will be given after Oct. 1.