HSYO is TUITION FREE for the 2020/2021 season!
We recognize that some families have been put under significant financial constraints due to the pandemic. Although many current HSYO parents and students have expressed their gratitude for the thoroughness of our health and safety protocols, they were also unsure that they would be able to continue to participate in HSYO due to financial hardships. With that in mind, we sought to make HSYO possible for all students.
With the approval of the board of directors for the Holland Symphony Orchestra, HSYO is pleased to announce that we will offer participation in the Holland Symphony Youth Orchestras at no cost for the 2020-2021 season. Our hope is that we will be able to maintain a viable program after the pandemic by covering the tuition costs for all HSYO students through the HSYO reserve funds. Tuition income amounts to 33% of our annual budget and covers the cost of the staff stipends. Additionally, the Holland Symphony Orchestra will be covering the cost of the rent at Midtown Center for one year to allow our youth orchestra program to continue.
In past years, students have been offered the opportunity to apply for scholarships to cover the costs of private lessons. With the loss of income from tuition for the 2020/2021 season we are foregoing these scholarship opportunities for this season to focus on providing a quality string orchestra experience for our students and families.
With no ticket income as well, we are dependent on donations to cover the remaining costs of the program and are hopeful that any HSYO family, HSO patron, or greater community member who is able to do so would consider making a donation to HSYO in any amount. We have so appreciated your support of our students and staff over the years and looking forward to many more years to come!