Program Tuition

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras provides world-class orchestra training to students from across the Chicago region. Tuition costs cover approximately 33% of the cost of student programming, with the additional costs covered by donations, grants, and ticket sales. Tuition varies program to program based on the amount of instruction, rehearsal, and performance time provided, and in some cases, also varies based on additional CYSO ensembles a student is enrolled in.

We make our programs accessible to all students, regardless of their financial background. Need-based financial assistance is available for all CYSO programs.

CYSO Program Tuition Rates  2020-2021

Full and String Orchestras

Symphony Orchestra$1,600
Philharmonic Orchestra$1,100
Concert Orchestra$950
Accelerando Strings$750
Debut Orchestra$850
Preparatory Strings$850
Overture Strings$500


Jazz Orchestra$750
Jazz Orchestra for student also enrolled in another CYSO program$550

Steel Orchestras

Kaiso Steel Orchestra$600
Kaiso for student also enrolled in another CYSO program$450
Junior Steel Orchestra$600
Junior Steel for student also enrolled in another CYSO program$450
Groove Steel Ensemble$450

Supplemental Programs

Chamber Music (for SO and PO students)$600
Chamber Music Only$700
Composition Seminar$450


CYSO believes that a family’s ability to pay should never be a factor in whether or not a student chooses to attend CYSO. Need-based scholarships are awarded each season to students who apply via our Financial Assistance application. Read more about applying for Financial Assistance.

For questions about tuition and financial assistance, contact Martha Nolin at 312-939-2207 x300 or email