Corvallis Youth Symphony

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.


CYS students receive exceptional orchestra training. The conductor, George Thomson, selects standard classical repertoire which 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.


The CYS season includes two formal concerts and a Classical Cabaret.

The 2017-2018 concerts will be held at LaSells Stewart Center on:

  • 3:00 pm Sunday, December 10, 2017
  • 4:00 pm Sunday, May 6, 2018

Classical Cabaret will be on Saturday, January 27, 2018. CYS will perform a Pops concert at Corvallis High School’s excellent and intimate performance venue. The concert will be followed by a Swing Dance in the CHS Atrium. 


Membership in CYS is by audition only. Students admitted into CYS are required to participate in their school band or orchestra, if their school has one.


Fees for participation in CYS are $510 if you pay online through PayPal. Online registration will be open soon. Tuition paid by check/cash is $505. Limited need-based financial aid is available with application. 


Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00 at Crescent Valley High School.