Tuition and Scholarships

TYSA understands and appreciates that supporting a student’s music education involves a substantial financial commitment of their parents/guardians. Scholarships are available with awards based on financial need.

2023-2024 Tuition

Tacoma Youth Symphony

$1,385 total
$515 deposit due on 9/1
$1,335 total if paid in full by 9/25

Tacoma Junior Youth Symphony

$1,260 total
$390 deposit due on 9/1
$1,210 total if paid in full by 9/25

Tacoma String Philharmonic

$1,115 total
$245 deposit due on 9/1
$1,065 total if paid in full by 9/25

Tacoma Wind Philharmonic

$1,080 total
$210 deposit due on 9/1
$1,030 total if paid in full by 9/25

Tacoma String Symphony

$1,080 total
$210 deposit due on 9/1
$1,030 total if paid in full by 9/25

Automatic monthly tuition payment plans with deposit are due by 9/1, with $145 payments due the 1st of each month from October 1st through February 1st. The March 1st payment is adjusted to balance. 

Tuition is prorated if a student joins mid-season.

Sibling Discount

If families have multiple children enrolled at TYSA, sibling discounts are applied to tuition as follows:

2 children$75 discount
3 children$125 discount
4 children$150 discount

Scholarships and Financial Aid

General Scholarship Application

Please click on the TYSA Scholarship Application button below to apply for need-based scholarships. General scholarships are based upon family size, income, and financial need. Applications are due on September 15th each year.

The Ben Faigin Scholarship Fund

Benjamin Faigin, a gifted and passionate musician, left this world too young. Ben began his classical training in cello at age 9, and later expanded his repertoire to guitar (electric and acoustic) and piano. Ben was constantly experimenting with sound, and explored improvisation, composition, and music theory, as well as synthesizer music creation.

The Ben Faigin Musical Opportunity Fund has been established by his family and friends to provide young musicians, like Ben, with scholarship support for classical music training.

Scholarship Guidelines

The Ben Faigin Scholarship Fund will provide full tuition support for racially-underrepresented young musicians from low income families who competitively apply for a TYSA scholarship, who show need and promise, and who live in the greater Tacoma area. This scholarship may be awarded to the same (or to a different) applicant each year. For the 2023-2024 season, seven of these scholarships are available.

To apply for the Ben Faigin Scholarship:

  1. Please write and submit a short essay describing how this scholarship will impact you.
  2. Please record and submit a short video sample of your playing.
  3. Fill out and return the TYSA Scholarship Application (please see the link above). 

All scholarship applications should be sent to by September 15th.​


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