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 2018-2019 concerts will be held at LaSells Stewart Center on:

  • 3:00 pm Sunday, December 9, 2018
  • 4:00 pm Sunday, April 28, 2019

Classical Cabaret will be on Saturday, March 2. CYS will perform a Pops concert in Ashbrook Independent School’s theater. The concert will be followed by a Swing Dance accompanied by a live swing band! 


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.


Tuition is $520 when paid by Check/Cash or $530 when paid by PayPal/Charge. Limited need-based financial aid is available, by application. 


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