Membership Policies 2018-2019

The Helena Youth Orchestra is an educational program made possible through the hard work and dedication of talented music instructors and music students in and around Helena. Thank you for your interest in our organization; you are welcome to direct questions to Mr. Cleary at

Updated August 2018


The Helena Youth Orchestra exists to introduce classical and contemporary orchestral literature to student musicians of all ages through varied musical ensembles and performance opportunities.

Students involved in HYO ensembles have a chance to develop their musical skills in collaboration with musicians of all ages and ability levels.


The Helena Youth Orchestra welcomes all students committed to our mission. Membership within each ensemble is also subject to the following regulations.


Tuition is $200 for the entire year or $120 per semester per student. Any student with a sibling in HYO is eligible for a discount ($30 for full year registration or $15 for semester registration). Please make all checks out to The Myrna Loy, our 501(c)(3) fiscal Sponsor.

A monthly payment plan is available for $30 a month, but HYO requires that payments be processed through automatic electronic withdrawals from a bank account.

For those students concerned about the cost of HYO, Tuition Waivers are available on request.


Rehearsal details differ by ensemble (see for this information), but policies surrounding them are the same.

Attendance is required at all regular rehearsals and dress rehearsals--everyone is needed if the ensemble is to be properly prepared for performances.

All members of the Helena Youth Orchestra must display courtesy and exhibit upstanding behavior at all rehearsals and at any events related to HYO. If a student’s behavior becomes disruptive, parents will be called. If disruptive behavior continues, this will represent cause for dismissal from an ensemble.


The Helena Youth Orchestra is a touring ensemble; twice a year (usually on the day of each concert), the full ensemble travels around Helena to perform for members of the community. Tours are strongly encouraged for every member of HYO, but they are not considered required concert performances because they require missing a day of school.

The dress code on tour is Functional Concert Attire.


Each semester concludes with a final concert for all ensembles held in the large theater of The Myrna Loy. This season’s concerts are scheduled on the following days.

The dress code for concerts is Full Concert Attire. Any unexcused absence from a concert represents cause for dismissal from an ensemble.

Dress Code

Full Concert Attire is expected primarily at evening concerts, but students will be notified of other events that require this level of formality.

Functional Concert Attire is permitted during tours because students will be on and off a bus with equipment. They need to look presentable, but comfort is also important.


The music used by the Helena Youth Orchestra is purchased, rented, and/or borrowed. Because music is expensive, all of it must be handled with care.