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.
Performances The CYS season typically includes two formal concerts at the LaSells Stewart Center and a Classical Cabaret pops concert at Ashbrook School Theater.
CYS will have performances or online presentations on these dates:
Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 4pm - LaSells Stewart Center
Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 4pm - LaSells Stewart Center
Classical Cabaret March5, 2022 at 7:30pm - Ashbrook School Theater
CYS Membership Requirements
Membership in the CYS requires membership in the student’s school or district band or orchestra class.
Each member must agree to abide by the attendance policy. A high quality ensemble requires a commitment of faithful attendance and industrious concentration at each rehearsal. Illness is excused;homework is not. Students who might have school conflicts (sports or school activities) need to carefully study their calendars to determine the seriousness of conflicts. If your conflict requires you to miss a concert, dress rehearsal, or several rehearsals, you should not participate in CYS this season.
CYS members are required to participate in and sell tickets ($150+) for the annual Classical Cabaret fundraiser. Parents/guardians of CYS members are expected to contribute volunteer time toward Classical Cabaret.
Parents/Guardians of CYS members are expected to contribute volunteer time toward CYS throughout the year.
Tuition for CYS is $560 due at the first rehearsal.Need-based scholarships are available upon application (email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application).
Important CYS 2021-2022 Dates (Attendance Mandatory)
August 26-28, 2021: CYS Summer Camp (attendance strongly encouraged)
September 9, 2021:CYS Parent Meeting (6:30-7:30pm)
September 13, 2021: First CYS rehearsal (6:30-9pm)
December 8, 2021: Dress rehearsal at LaSells Stewart Center, 7-9pm
December 12, 2021: CYS Winter Concert, 4pm at LaSells. (Rehearsal 12:00-1:00pm).
No CYS rehearsal from December 13-January 2 for Winter Break
January 3, 2022: CYS re-starts after Winter Break
March 5, 2022: Classical Cabaret, 7:30-11pm
April 20, 2022: Dress rehearsal at LaSells Stewart Center, 7-9pm
April 24, 2022: CYS Spring Concert, 4pm at LaSells. (Rehearsal 12:00-1:00pm).
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. Parents can pay tuition (by check or cash) the night of the first rehearsal or use the online tuition pay tool shown below.
To mail 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).