The Willamette Valley Junior Honors Symphony (JHS) was founded in 1985 by two public school strings teachers, Carol Huntington and Liane Ingalls, who wanted to provide middle school students with the opportunity to perform in a full symphonic ensemble. The program served a very real need in a community which enthusiastically supported music for children, and the program grew.
JHS is now under the aegis of the Corvallis Youth Symphony Association and has broadened its membership to include a wider age span. Typically, the orchestra has over 60 musicians from 6th-10th grade. Students audition in February, and rehearsals run February through April.
Auditions for JHS 2019 will be held on February 5-6, 2019, at Crescent Valley High School. Registration for auditions will open in December 2018. For the audition, students should be comfortable with scales up to two octaves, and be prepared to play 2-3 minutes of a solo piece.
Students in grades 6-10 who are string, wind/brass, and percussion players are invited to audition for JHS. Students should be dedicated musicians who want to be part of a fine ensemble and who will enjoy classical symphonic music. Students must be members of their school band or orchestra program in order to participate. JHS is a precursor for membership in CYS.
In 2019, JHS will have a ten-week season, culminating in a concert on Sunday, April 28 at 2pm at LaSells Stewart Center.
The first of 10 weekly rehearsals will be Tuesday, February 19th at Crescent Valley High School from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. A retreat (where professional music teachers coach individual sections of the orchestra) will be held on a Saturday, April 6, from 9am-12:30.
Tuition for JHS is $240 for the Spring 2019, 10-week season. Limited financial aid is available for families with significant financial need.