Policies & Tuition

Members of Lincoln Youth Symphony:

  • Have auditioned for membership.
  • Are 14-18 years old, currently attending high school, middle school, or junior high.
  • Have at least three years experience on their youth symphony instrument.
  • Support their school music programs.
  • Are encouraged but not required to take private lessons.
  • Are extraordinarily committed musicians who come prepared to make fabulous music together.
  • Are motivated towards excellence.
  • Learn their notes and rhythms at home.
  • Provide leadership in their school orchestra and band programs.


  • Musicians arrive 5-10 minutes before the beginning of rehearsal, help set up, are warmed up and ready to play by downbeat time, and stay for the entire rehearsal.
  • If, for any reason, musicians are unable to attend a rehearsal, must come late or leave early, they must clear this in advance with our manager; contact Julie Gardner, LincolnYouthSymphony@gmail.com, 435.723.8262. 
  • Sometimes our choices reflect our level of commitment. High commitment levels are a requirement of membership in the Lincoln Youth Symphony.
  • If musicians have three absences or late arrivals, the conductor has the option of asking them to sit in the back of the section or leave the orchestra with no refund.

Rehearsal Guidelines

  • Arrive prepared: practice at home. Come mentally prepared to work hard and do your best.
  • Always bring music (do not rely on a stand partner to bring it for you), a pencil, and, if desired, a water bottle.
  • Dress conservatively.
  • Show proper respect to peers and to the conductors. Do not talk or visit during rehearsal time. When the conductor stops you, listen to instruction. Visit during the break.
  • Respect the school property & facilities. Be considerate of the custodians who care for the building.
  • Refreshments for break time will be assigned periodically throughout the year. Please do not bring messy food, and pitch in when it’s time to clean up. Announcements will be made via email.

Music Policy

  • Music packets will be checked out to each musician.
  • The musician is responsible for that music; failure to return music will result in a $25 charge, or the actual cost of the music, whichever is greater.
  • Music is due immediately following each concert before students leave for home that night.
  • New music will be checked out at the first rehearsal for the next concert.

Membership Fees

There is a discount for all who attend the September parents' meeting and pay their tuition or set up payment arrangements that day. 

For details about the meeting date and time, see our calendar.

Description                  Fee              After Discount

LYCO                $75                   $65

LYS                 $125                 $115

Family Cap       $200                 $175

For musicians joining after the parent meeting, membership fees are payable at the first rehearsal after a successful audition (or payment arrangements must be made at that time).  Members are unable to pay the full amount by October 15 are required to make payment arrangements. If arrangements have not been made by October 15, a late fee of $10 will be charged. 

If a member's parent(s) work for a matching funds company, their membership fee can be waived in lieu of a matching funds donation. 

Please make checks payable to Lake Bonneville Symphonic Society (LBSS).