History The Corvallis Youth Symphony (CYS) was founded in 1982 by Charles Creighton to provide talented students with musical experiences to enhance and extend music education in the schools. Beginning that year with forty-four students from two local high schools, CYS has since grown to over seventy students from schools throughout the mid-Willamette Valley and the central coast.
Training CYS students receive exceptional orchestral training. CYS conductor, Jason Duckles, selects classical repertoire that will challenge and inspire students. Several times a year, sectional rehearsals are held (i.e., each section of the orchestra rehearses by itself) and for these rehearsals, professional musicians from Oregon orchestras and faculty from area music schools are brought in to coach the students.
2021-2022 Update CYS plans to meet and rehearse in-person for the 2021-22 Season if it is safe to do so. All programming decisions will be based on the Oregon Health Authority and school district guidelines. A final decision about in-person vs. online programming will be announced in August 2021.
Performances The CYS season typically includes two formal concerts at the LaSells Stewart Center and a Classical Cabaret pops concert at Ashbrook School Theater.
Given the ever-changing nature of the public health crisis posed by Covid-19, we are making concert plans based on current local and state health authorities.
CYS will have performances or online presentations on these dates:
Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 4pm - LaSells Stewart Center (or online)
Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 4pm - LaSells Stewart Center (or online)
Classical Cabaret (date TBA, typically in March) - Ashbrook School Theater (or online)
Membership Membership in CYS is by audition only. Students must be in grades 9-12, and are required to participate in their school/district band or orchestra program. For CHS string players, participation in the district orchestra class (held at CVHS) is required to participate in CYS.
CYS Audition Sign-Up for 2021-2022 can be found HERE.
Rehearsals Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00. Rehearsals begin on Monday, September 13, 2021 and continue through the end of April 2022.
Fees Tuition for the 2021-2022 year is $560. Mail a check (instructions below) or use the online tuition pay tool shown below.
To send a check: Make the check out to CYSA, include your student's name and "CYS" in the Memo. Mail to: Corvallis Youth Symphony Association P.O. Box 857 Corvallis, OR 97339 Financial aid is available for families with demonstrated need (application required).