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.
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.
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 three levles of ensembles:
Canton Youth Strings
Level: Beginning students
Instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Instruments: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Harp, Pinao, Timpani, Percussion, Violin, Viloa, Cello, Bass
Instruments: 3 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 4 French Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, 1 Tuba, 1 Harp, 1 Piano, 1 Timpani, 2 Percussion, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
There is no minimum age requirement for CYS. Membership in CYS is by audition only. Students will indicate which of the three ensembles they are interested in but will be placed by the conductor where they are best suited. See audtiion schedule below. 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.
Sunday, August 23: 2pm - 7pm
Monday, August 24: 4pm - 8pm
Tuesday, August 25: 4pm - 8pm
Wednesday, August 26: 4pm - 8pm
Thursday, August 27: 4pm - 8pm
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