Canton Youth Symphony

Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz, Music Director and Conductor

The Canton Youth Symphonies offer aspiring young musicians a professional learning environment focused on the highest artistic standards. The CYS provide students with an outlet for musical expression, growth, and exploration in a challenging and nurturing environment. 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.

Audition Scheduling Information will be coming soon!

Please see the audition flyer below for audition requirements.

NEW Audition Requirement:  all auditionees for the Canton Youth Symphony and Canton Youth Symphony Advanced Orchestra will be required to prepare one to three assigned orchestral excerpts.  Excerpts can be found HERE.


CYS continues to provide young musicians with exceptional musical training and opportunities and offer three levels of ensembles:

Canton Youth Strings

Grades: 2-6
Level: Beginning students
Instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
Yearly Tuition: $120 per musician; $65 for each additional family member
Rehearses Mondays, 4:45-5:45pm


Canton Youth Symphony

Grades: 6-9
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Instruments: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Harp, Piano, Timpani, Percussion, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
Yearly Tuition: $165 per musician; $80 for each additional family member
Rehearses Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30pm

CYS Advanced Orchestra

Grades: 9-12
Level: Advanced
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
Yearly Tuition: $165 per musician; $80 for each additional family member
Rehearses Mondays, 6:00-8:30pm

Tuition payment plans and scholarships are available for those families with financial need.  Please contact Rachel Hagemeier, Education and Community Engagement to discuss payment options and scholarships.

School Music Program Requirement

In support of school music programs, it is the policy of the Canton Youth Symphonies that members are required to also participate in at least one school instrumental ensemble (if one is available). Each musician will be required to have the ensemble director sign a Proof of Ensemble Participation form at the beginning of each season. Extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis and must be discussed with the Music Director and General Manager.  Any school ensemble concert that conflicts with a CYS rehearsal will count as an excused absence. School musicals are considered excused absences, but dramatic (spoken) plays are not.

Boyer Scholarship

This fund was set up in December 2016 to honor the retirement of longtime Canton Symphony Orchestra Director of Education & Community Engagement, Lisa Boyer.  Through generous gifts from staff, friends and family, this fund will now assist students who wish to study Music in college.  One award per year will be awarded and is non-renewable.  Preference will be given to students who plan on studying Music Education but other Music majors will be considered.

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