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. CYS 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 2019-2020 concerts will be held at LaSells Stewart Center: 

  • Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 4pm
  • Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 4pm

Classical Cabaret will be on Saturday, February 8 at 7:30pm. 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 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 $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 9, 2019 and continue through the end of April 2020.