Step 1: Application
You can apply to our program by clicking “Submit Application On-Line“. Answer all of the questions, unanswered questions or blank spaces may lead to disqualification of your application. Be sure to click on submit and make note of the date. Please choose a method of payment as indicated during the application process. The next step is preparing your audition.
Step 2: Audition
The audition process for orchestra is quite simple. Audition materials are posted on our website. If you are a new applicant seeking membership in our orchestra program, or if you are a current member wishing to advance to a higher level ensemble, you will need to audition by submitting a recording of yourself playing the audition music for the level in which you’re interested.
If you are not accepted into the orchestra of your choice, our conductors will determine the appropriate level so that you will have the opportunity to participate in BYOC. This will be an excellent opportunity to continue honing your skills, thus improving your chances of a successful audition next season for the higher level orchestra.
Cantate Chorale and Choralaires
Admittance to Chorale requires a live audition. Auditions will be held by appointment. All auditions must be scheduled with Erin Small, Cantate Chorale Conductor or Amy Logan, Choralaires Conductor.
What levels require an audition?
If you are a returning member, the conductor will notify you if you are required to re-audition. For most players, this will be used by the conductors to help determine seating/position assignments for the 2017 – 2018 Season. Returning members could be competing for seating /position placements with new applicants. This is under the conductor’s control and discretion.
Step 3: Acceptance
By June 30, 2017, new applicants for all orchestras and chorales will be notified if they’ve been accepted. New and returning orchestra applicants will also learn which ensemble in which they’ve been placed.
Step 4: Tuition
As shown below, tuition is different for each ensemble. The quoted amounts are for the entire season (including both semesters), starting in August and ending in March or April. If you have more than one applicant in your family, you are eligible for the family discount. Your tuition payment covers auditions, opening orientation (potluck dinner), 24 to 26 rehearsals, sectionals, two concerts, local tours and events, guest conductors, master classes, and receptions after the concerts. (Be advised that exact program content varies by group level.) Major tours for Repertory will cost extra depending on the tour.
We understand that in today’s economy it can be difficult to pay for additional programs outside of school. Therefore we’re offering the option of spreading tuition payments across the season to make joining BYOC less of a burden on families, especially those with more than one child in our program. We also offer tuition assistance. (See below.)
Option 1: Single Payment – Simply send us a check or money order, or submit your payment by credit card on our website via Pay Pal at time of application. Payment must be received by June 30, 2016 to guarantee your position. All tuition payments received after June 30, 2016 will be assessed a late fee of $35.
Option 2: Six Payments – Simply download the ACH Withdrawal Form located on our website, fill it out and submit the form with your checking account and routing numbers. We will set up equal monthly payments covering the tuition for each student enrolled in the program. That amount will be withdrawn from your checking account each month for the duration of the season (total tuition/6 equal payments). The same deadlines apply as for Option 1.
Program Fees for the 2017 – 2018
Preludio Strings $250 per musician
Concert Orchestra $275 per musician
Young Artists Orchestra $300 per musician
Repertory Orchestra $325 per musician
Cantate Chorale $275 per vocalist
Choralaires $300 per vocalist
2 musicians $25 discount on total tuition
3 musicians $50 discount on total tuition
4 musicians $75 discount on total tuition
Part of our mission is to provide tuition assistance to students whose families may have difficulty paying our tuition. We give up to 50% reduced tuition based on several criteria: submission of our tuition assistance application, letter stating your particular situation, the student’s desire to participate, and a letter of recommendation from a local music instructor.
If you are in need of financial assistance, please follow the instructions on our Tuition Assistance application found on our website, and submit the forms along with a letter of recommendation from the your music instructor. This should be submitted to BYOC after the student has applied. Once we receive your application we will contact you to set up your personal interview to discuss your specific request and situation. Payment arrangements must be completed by the same deadlines as listed under Option 1 above.
BYOC will only refund tuition until the first full rehearsal of the season. After that date, all tuition received becomes non-refundable.
Our season runs from August through March or April. Our rehearsals are held on Mondays, in late afternoon or early evening. To learn more about our Important Dates currently posted, and to make notes so you don’t miss out, visit our website at www.billingsyouthorchestra.org. .