Fees & Volunteering

Volunteer Discount Tuition is offered to families that are willing to commit to completing 20 hours of volunteer activities during the course of the season.  Alternatively, a Full Tuition option is available with no volunteering obligation.  For families that accept the volunteer commitment and have multiple musicians in the orchestra, the Volunteer Discount will apply to each musician and the Sibling Discount will apply to the 2nd/3rd musician(s). Partial season fees are for musicians who join BYO after the first concert.  All tuition is due in full by the first rehearsal and includes access to professional concert recordings. 

Financial Assistance: No auditioned and accepted musician will be excluded because of financial need.  Please refer to the Scholarship page for information on applying for a BYO scholarship. A tuition payment plan is available for an additional one-time $25 fee. Please contact the Orchestra Manager at manager@byoweb.org with any questions.

2020-2021

Berkeley Youth Orchestra (BYO)

Entertainment

Partial Tuition

Vol Discount

Vol Hours

Sib Discount

BYCO cost

Entertainment

Full Tuition

Vol Discount

Vol Hours

Sib Discount

BYCO cost

Berkeley Youth Orchestra (BYO)

Entertainment

Partial Tuition

Vol Discount

Vol Hours

Sib Discount

BYCO cost

Entertainment

Full Tuition

Vol Discount

Vol Hours

Sib Discount

BYCO cost

Full Tuition

Volunteer Discount

volunteer hours

Sibling Discount

BYCO Tuition

by invitation only

Volunteer Opportunities and Other BYO Family Commitments

Volunteering helps to keep tuition low and build community within the orchestra.  BYO operates much like a large musical family, giving parents and guardians a chance to work directly with our conductor, coaches, staff, board members, and other orchestra families.

  1. Mandatory Meetings

    • Attendance at the two required Parent Meetings in September and October (will be virtual in 2020 due to COVID-19)

  2. Mandatory for all families (regardless of the type of tuition or volunteer buyouts)​​

    • Raise $300 in orchestra donations during the season. BYO provides many opportunities to meet this obligation, including participating in Practice-A-Thon, soliciting items for the annual Silent Auction, participating in our new Scrip program, and more. A portion of the funds raised from scrip in excess of the $300 requirement will be credited back to families to offset tuition costs. Please refer to the Support BYO page for details.

  3. Opportunities for fulfilling the volunteering requirement include duties such as:  stage set-up/breakdown, concert organization duties, website management, fundraising committee participation, and other duties as determined by our Orchestra Manager.

    • Mandatory: Every family will be responsible (with another family) once during the season to bring a snack for the orchestra at either a rehearsal or concert. (Due to COVID-19 we are suspending rehearsal snacks until further notice)

 

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