Scholarship Information

WYSO Scholarships

WYSO strives to keep costs as low as possible for families. Tuition fees cover less than 30% of the cost for each student to participate. The balance is made up through fundraising efforts of the WYSO Board, staff, and members. The WYSO Board of Directors encourages members with a financial need to apply for a scholarship. It is a policy that every family should contribute at least a portion of the cost for the benefits received. Consequently, full scholarships are not awarded (maximum award is 95%) and amounts awarded are based on need, available funds, and the number of applicants. Scholarships are not based on musical merit.

The types of scholarships available are described below. The scholarship application deadline for the 2021-2022 season is Sunday, June 20, 2021.

Late applications may be considered. Additionally, families can apply for scholarships during the year due to unexpected financial need. All applications are handled in the strictest confidence and in the most timely manner possible.

Tuition Scholarship

  • All members are eligible.
  • Notification of tuition scholarships sent with audition results by July 2.

Chamber Music Program Scholarship

  • Notification of Chamber Music Program scholarships sent with audition results or by mid-August.

Private Lesson Scholarship

  • All members are eligible.
  • Private Lesson Scholarships cover up to 30 lessons between September-May.
  • Notification of Private Lesson scholarships sent with audition results by July 2.
  • Private Lesson Scholarships also require a nomination form be completed by the private lesson instructor.

Instrument Assistance

  • Instrument assistance can include assistance with rentals, repairs, or other needs as requested.
  • Notification of Instrument Assistance sent with audition results by July 2.

International Tour Scholarship (when applicable)

  • Not applicable for the 2021-2022 season.
  • For Youth Orchestra members who plan to tour.
  • Notification of tour scholarships sent by mid July.

If you have any questions about the scholarship process, please email

Apply for WYSO Scholarships

Other scholarship opportunities:

Murphy Family Interlochen Scholarship Audition
Buchhauser Honors Orchestra Scholarship Competition

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