About Us

About Us

With a mission “to develop young people as artists, citizens, and leaders through the shared pursuit of musical excellence,” the VYOA is committed to providing instrumental and choral experiences for students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Over 300 students in grades 1 – 12 from across Vermont and neighboring states participate in our three orchestras, two choruses, beginning string ensemble, community engagement programs, and summer camps, making the VYOA our region’s premier youth orchestra and chorus program.  All of our students leave the VYOA with a respect for music, for learning, and for the arts, attributes that will enhance and inform their adult lives in our communities and beyond.

All programs are based at our beautiful home, the Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College. This season, VYOA orchestras and choruses will give more than 20 performances at the Elley-Long Music Center, the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, and at schools throughout the state.

Music Inspires

The Vermont Youth Orchestra was founded in 1964 by the Burlington Friends of Music with the mission “to do more for music in the schools.” We continue that work today with Music Inspires. Now in its 5th year, Music Inspiresis the VYOA’s community engagement program committed to eliminating access barriers to students from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Partnership with area 21C funded after-school programs is at the very heart of the program. Music Inspires provides group lessons, coachings, instruments, school-day performances, and materials at no cost to students and their families or their schools. VYOA ensembles reach nearly 3,000 schoolchildren annually through school-day concerts. This season, the VYO also looks forward to presenting the second concert of Carnegie Hall’s Link Up concert series in partnership with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and the Flynn Center’s School Day Matinee program.

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Whitacre: Hebrew Love Songs (5)
Verdi: Nabucco Overture
Borne: Fantasie brillante for Flute on themes from Bizet's Carmen
Beck: G Force
Lea: Tchaikovsky in Vermont: May, 1891 -- A Poem in Four Movements
Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64
Bernstein: The Magnificent Seven
Mendelssohn: Symphony no 5 in D major, Op. 107 "Reformation"
Grieg: Lyric Suite for Orchestra, Op. 54
Newbold: Warrior Legacy
Thomas: African Noel
Walker: How Can I Keep From Singing
Vivaldi: Gloria in D major, RV 589
Cornyshe: Ah Robin, gentle Robin
Silvey: Call Me But Love
L'Estrange: Songs of a Rainbow Nation
Thomas: African Noel
Purcell: Abdelazer, Z 570 "Moor's Revenge"
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker, Op. 71
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker, Op. 71
Henderson: Senior Speech
Bizet: Carmen Suite
Offenbach: Can-Can from Orpheus in the Underworld
Bergeron: Senior Speech
Bever: Senior Speech
Thomas: African Noel
L'Estrange: Songs of a Rainbow Nation
Thomas: African Noel
Arre: Senior Speech
Kono: Awakening of Kirin
Rossini: Overture to Barber of Seville
Miranda: Suite from Hamilton
Strauss: Radetzky March, Op. 228
Bellino: Senior Speech
Copland: Variations on a Shaker Melody
Strauss: An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 (Blue Danube Waltz)
Daughtrey: Lost Souls
Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64
Alfieri: Fanfare for Six Tambourines
Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre
Saint-Saëns: Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22
Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64
Glière: Red Poppy, Op. 70
Dvorak: Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World"
Smith: The Great Locomotive Chase
Ottman: Superman Returns
Bishop: Declarations
Haydn: Symphony no 94 in G major, H 1 no 94 "Surprise"
Verdi: Nabucco Overture
Dawson: Every Time I Feel the Spirit
Leek: Tunggare
Vivaldi: Gloria in D major, RV 589
Rath: Escape Artist
Bernstein: West Side Story Selections
Bruch: Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26
Gimenez: La Boda de Luis Alonso
Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma"
Ford: Dark Adventure
Chaminade: Scherzo Colombine
Newbold: A Pirate’s Legend
Giacchino: Incredibles
Byrd: Pavane
Mozart: Symphony no 29 in A major, K 201 (186a)
Glinka: Tarantella
Koskinen: Senior Speech
Brahms: Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80
Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92
Gregson-Williams: Wonder Woman
Longfield: Legacy
Greenia: Senior Speech
Dvorak: Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World"
Halladay: Senior Speech
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Frock: Fanfare Bravo
Granados: Tres danzas españolas
Bruch: Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26
Dvorak: Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World"
Delibes: Coppélia
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite Selections
Julien: Furtig of the Five Caves
Williams: The Magic of Harry Potter
Vaughan Williams: English Folk Song Suite
Granados: Tres danzas españolas
Williams: Jurassic Park
Copland: John Henry
Schubert: Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished"
Bizet: Farandole" from L'Arlessiene Suite 2
Bizet: March of the Toreadors
Bernstein: West Side Story Selections
Diemer: Youth Overture for Orchestra
Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture
Goransson: Selections from Black Panther
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55
Tchaikovsky: Marche slave, Op. 31
Edmondson: Celebration for Winds
Telemann: Aria
Ticheli: Joy
Strauss II: Kaiser-Walzer (Emperor Waltz)
Traditional: Greensleeves
Prokofiev: Symphony no 1 in D major, Op. 25 "Classical"
Dauerman: Speech
Rimsky-Korsakov: Dance of the Tumblers from "The Snow Maiden"
Newbold: American Landscape
Lloyd Webber: Selections from Phantom of the Opera
Chadwick: Speech
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
Kalfus: Speech
Bizet: Farandole" from L'Arlessiene Suite 2

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