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 orchestral training. CYS conductor, Jason Duckles, 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.
Due to the challenges presented by Covid-19, this upcoming season will look quite a bit different from past seasons. During the Fall (September-December), CYS will operate as a hybrid program, consisting of a combination of small ensembles (spaced as necessary) and online engagement–including classes, lectures, and interviews with world-renowned musicians, composers, and conductors! In December, we will hold a live-streamed performance of our small instrumental ensembles. We hope to return to full orchestral rehearsals and repertoire in the new year, but will make all decisions based on Oregon Health Authority and school district guidelines. Either way, we plan to deliver quality musical content to the students of the mid-Willamette Valley, as CYSA has done for the past 38 years!
The CYS season typically includes two formal concerts at the LaSells Stewart Center and a Classical Cabaret 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. For now, CYS will have concerts on these dates:
- Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 4pm
- This concert would typically be held at LaSells Stewart Center. It is likely this concert will instead be held at a Corvallis high school with no audience, and livestreamed for audience to safely enjoy at home.
- Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 4pm
- This concert is planned to take place at LaSells Stewart Center, if public concert gatherings are deemed safe at this point.
Classical Cabaret: Date TBA (typically in March)
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.
CYS Audition Sign-Up for 2020-2021 can be found HERE.
Tuition is $540 when paid by Check/Cash or $560 when paid by PayPal/Charge. Financial aid is available for families with significant need (application required).
Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00 at Crescent Valley High School. Rehearsals begin on Monday, September 14, 2020 and continue through the end of April 2020. Rehearsals through December will a combination of small in-person ensembles and online content to adhere to Covid-19 safety guidelines.