Canton Youth Symphony


Rachel L. Waddell, Conductor


The Canton Youth Symphony offers aspiring young musicians a professional learning environment focused on the highest artistic standards. The CYS provides students with an outlet for musical expression, growth, and exploration in a challenging and nurturing environment. Its participants rehearse weekly in preparation for three concerts annually, and students have the opportunity to work closely with Canton Symphony Orchestra musicians and guest artists.

Currently under the direction of Rachel Waddell, CYS continues to provide young musicians with exceptional musical training and opportunities.  This year the CYS will offer two new programs: The CYS Training Orchestra, an additional ensemble designed for less experienced players aspiring to perform with CYS, and a Chamber Music Program, for advanced CYS musicians interested in chamber music performance. In addition, Youth Symphony members will have the opportunity to perform side-by-side with the Canton Symphony Orchestra on the Holiday Pops concert.

CYS is a unique outlet for musical growth and social involvement and can serve as an effective springboard into a college major and eventual career as a performing musician or music educator.  Whether a student chooses that path or not, participation in CYS encourages all of its members to enjoy a life filled with the appreciation and joy of music.


CYS is primarily intended for students in high school and junior high, however, there is no minimum age requirement.  Membership in CYS is by audition only.  Auditions are held in late August or early September, but interested students may be allowed to audition for the ensemble at any point during the school year. An audition may be arranged by calling the Canton Symphony Office at 330-452-3434 ext. 604. 

Audition Schedule:

Audition dates for the 2015-2016 Season will be posted at a later date.  Please check back!

Auditions will take place at:
Zimmermann Symphony Center
2331 17th St NW, Canton

To schedule an audition, call Lisa Boyer, Director of Education and Community Engagement -
330-452-3434 ext. 604

Audition Brochure          Audition Information Form

Concert Schedule

Sunday, May 3, 2015
GlenOak High School   Directions
  Tickets: Adult $7 | Student $3
available at the door before each concert

Featured Artists

Rachel L. Waddell, Conductor

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