COVID-19: CYSA Updates

Class/Rehearsal Update: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 (6pm)

CYSA classes and rehearsals are cancelled through April, given the school closure (through April 28). 

We hope to resume Elementary Strings classes and CYS/JHS rehearsals the week of May 4. We will provide updates to that schedule as the situation unfolds.

Thank you for your flexibility. The safety and health of our students is of utmost importance, and we hope that everyone is staying healthy and positive during this challenging time. Please reach out to CYSA Executive Director Annissa Bolder (annissabolder@gmail.com) or Orchestra Manager Megan Anderson (anderson.megan.e.z@gmail.com) with any questions. 

 

Class/Rehearsal Update: Friday, March 13, 2020 (10am)

CYSA classes and rehearsals are cancelled through April 10, given the school closure and suspension of all non-essential school activities. We hope to resume Elementary Strings classes and CYS/JHS rehearsals the week of April 13.

Class/Rehearsal Update: Thursday, March 12, 2020 (4:45pm)

CYSA received a general notice from the Corvallis School District that all after-school activities will be cancelled, effective on Friday, March 13. We assume this includes all of CYSA’s programs (CYS, JHS, Elementary Strings). We will keep families updated as soon as we have more information. 

Class/Rehearsal Update: Thursday, March 12, 2020 (1pm)

CYS and JHS rehearsals have been approved to continue at Crescent Valley High School for the time being. We will alert families ASAP if anything changes. 

Garfield Elementary has also approved Elementary Strings classes to continue as normal at their school. It is our understanding that this applies to all Strings classes. 

As ever, we request those who feel unwell or who may be at increased risk to stay home from CYSA classes or rehearsals. 

Message to CYSA Families: March 9, 2020

The Corvallis Youth Symphony Association is committed to the health and safety of everyone at our activities and events. We are seriously monitoring the COVID-19 situation and following guidance from health officials in the county and state.

We highly encourage those who feel unwell or who may be at increased risk to stay home from CYSA classes or rehearsals. 

We follow the Corvallis School District (CSD) schedule and cancellations. If at any point CSD cancels school, we will follow suit with CYS/JHS rehearsals and Elementary Strings/Encore classes.

If we receive the recommendation to cancel events, we will prioritize the health of our audience, musicians, and staff by implementing and communicating appropriate changes (such as cancelling rehearsals, classes, or concerts) to ensure a safe environment. We will keep families informed of any such changes.

At this time (March 9, 2020), Oregon Health Authority (OHA) recommends against closing schools and campuses where no cases of COVID-19 are present (see full report HERE).

We recommend following the preventative guidance provided by the CDC:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Additional local information may be found at:

Please prioritize rest and wellness. We prefer happy, healthy students in our rehearsals and classes, and it is fine to miss class or rehearsal if your student does not feel well for any reason. 

CYS Registration 2019

Paying CYS tuition online through PayPal costs $560.

Parents may also pay by check/cash at the Parent Meeting (Monday, Sept. 9 from 6:30-7:30pm) and receive a $20 discount ($540 total).

To log in, you must use the PARENT EMAIL ADDRESS on file.

Contact CYSA Orchestra Manager, Megan Anderson (anderson.megan.e.z@gmail.com) with any questions.

CYS Summer Camp Registration 2018

Summer Camp Schedule

Thursday, August 23

3:30-6pm: Full ensemble rehearsal

6:15-8:15pm: Young Soloist Auditions (email Orchestra Manager at annissaolsen@gmail.com if you want to sign up for an audition slot to be a CYS Young Soloist)

Friday, August 24

9:30-11am: Sectionals (small sections)

11-11:15am: Break

11:15-12:30pm: Full ensemble rehearsal

12:30-1:15pm: Lunch (bring your own)

1:15-3:45pm: Full Ensemble rehearsal

4-5pm: Ice Cream Social with CYS students and families!

Saturday, August 25

10-11:30am: Sectionals (wind sectional with Dr. David Jacobs and string sectional with Maestro George Thomson)

11:30-12:15am: Lunch PROVIDED! Catered by Qdoba

12:30-3pm: Open Rehearsal in Auditorium

Families are ENCOURAGED to attend the Open Rehearsal!

CYS Summer Camp Registration 2015

CYS Auditions 2015

CYS audition dates for new musicians in 2015-2016 season are as follows:

  • Monday, May 18th, 3:30 to 7pm
  • Thursday, May 21st, 3 to 6pm
All auditions will be held at CVHS. Students must be a member of his/her school band or orchestra program if there is one. 9th through 12th graders only. Returning CYS musicians don’t need to re-audition.

Audition Requirements

  • Strings
    • Prepare contrasting sections (lyrical/technical) from a solo in the standard repertoire. Please prepare no more than 2-3 minutes of each section.
    • Prepare a 2-octave (minimum) or 3-octave (preferred) major or minor scale of your choice. Please be prepared to play the scale at quarter note = 60, two notes per bow, ascending and descending, with arpeggios.
  • Winds
    • Prepare contrasting sections (lyrical/technical) from a solo in the standard repertoire. Please prepare no more than 2-3 minutes of each section.
    • Prepare a 2-octave (minimum) or 3-octave (preferred) major or minor scale of your choice. Please be prepared to play the scale at quarter note = 60, slurred, ascending and descending, with arpeggios.
  • Percussion
    • Prepare contrasting sections from a marimba or xylophone solo in the standard repertoire. Please prepare no more than 2-3 minutes of each section.
    • Prepare a 2-octave (minimum) or 3-octave (preferred) major or minor scale of your choice. Please be prepared to play the scale at different tempi (quarter = 60 to 120).
    • You will be asked to perform standard snare drum rudiments, or you can substitute a short excerpt from a standard snare drum solo.
    • You may be asked to demonstrate tuning and basic bow strokes on timpani.

Audition Appointment

To set an audition time, use the following form to send an email to CYS Coordinator, Doerte Stark. Your parent or guardian should accompany you to your audition.

Student First Name

Student Last Name

Student Cell Phone

Home Phone

Street Address

City

Zip Code (5 digits)

School (in 2019-2020 school year)

Grade (in 2019-2020 school year)

T-Shirt Size

Parent/Guardian First Name

Parent/Guardian Last Name

Parent/Guardian Cell/Work Phone

Second Parent/Guardian First Name (Optional)

Second Parent/Guardian Last Name (Optional)

Second Parent/Guardian Cell/Work Phone (Optional)

Parent/Guardian Email Address

Second Parent/Guardian Email Address (Optional)

Student Email Address

Emergency Contact Name -- used for rehearsal emergency, other than parent, i.e. neighbor or family friend

Relationship of Emergency Contact

Emergency Phone

Instrument

The number of years played

How many years in JHS?

How many years in Elementary Strings?

Invited by whom or where you learned about CYS

School band/orchestra

Private Teacher

Mailing List Preference

I want to receive CYSA program information via USPS once a year.

Check all 30-min time-blocks you're available

Wednesday, June 12 4:305:005:306:006:307:007:308:00

Thursday, June 13 4:305:005:306:006:307:007:308:00

Please indicate any other audition time constraints/requests/questions here