Canton Youth Symphonies Audition Information
Students, elementary through high school, are invited for our 2021-2022 auditions!

How To Apply:

1: Fill out the Audition Form
Fill out the online form linked below. For a hard copy audition form please email the email listed below.
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2: Prepare for your audition
Read the audition information form and print out your audition excerpts.
21-22 Orchestral Excerpts Coming July 2021
3: Sign up for your online audition
When you fill out the online form, you will be sent a link to choose your audition time!
Sign Up July 2021!
Read the CYS Audition Information Sheet. This sheet contains all the details for your audition. Make sure to read it fully.

For more information, contact Rachel Hagemeier, Manager of Education and Community Engagement,
Audition Information Sheet

CYS Plan 2020-21

The Canton Youth Symphonies is hoping to have in-person rehearsals for our final concert of the year. To re-open we need the following to happen.

  • Stark County and all counties containing youth symphony students must go from red to orange according to the Ohio Public Health Advisory System.
  • The CSO Board and Executive Director must approve the plan.
  • All students must sign a health waiver and abide by guidelines placed by the CSO and Department of Health.

If we are able to attain these things the following plan is in place. Decisions will be made on a week-by-week basis based on the rapidly changing conditions. 

Our concerts will take place June 1 & 2. Youth Strings and CYS will be on Tuesday, June 1 and CYSAO will be on Wednesday, June 2. 

We will be reevaluating and monitoring the situation on an ongoing basis. 


  • March 15/16 (virtual) – First rehearsal of new cycle. This will take place over Zoom and will be a read through of the new music.
  • March 22/23 (virtual) – One on one lessons on new music.
  • March 29/30 (virtual) – One on one lessons on new music.
  • April – Rehearsal begin in-person with social distancing and masks with the following schedule.
    • Youth Strings, Monday: 5 – 5:45pm, in Foundation Hall
    • CYSAO, Monday, 6 – 8pm
      • 6 – 6:45pm – rehearsal on-stage
      • 6:45 – 7:15pm – break to clear the air. Students are given time for homework. Students will remain socially distanced.
      • 7:15 – 8pm – rehearsal on-stage
    • CYS, Tuesday, 6 – 8pm
      • 6 – 6:45pm – rehearsal on-stage
      • 6:45 – 7:15pm – break to clear the air. Students are given time for homework. Students will remain socially distanced.
      • 7:15 – 8pm – rehearsal on-stage
  • May – continue rehearsing


Students can audition to join for the third cycle of CYS. Please contact to set up an audition.


Tuition will also be lower for the 2020-2021 season and tuition will be paid monthly so our families have more flexibility.  Tuition will be due on the 15th of every month. Families will have the option to provide a credit card number and be automatically charged at the end of the month or will need to send in a check each month. Families may also send in all checks for the fall at once, but they will be cashed once a month.

Tuition will be as follows:

  • Canton Youth Strings: $10 per month
  • Canton Youth Symphony: $15 per month
  • Canton Youth Symphony Advanced Orchestra: $15 per month

For families with more than one student in the program, each additional student will receive $5 their tuition per month.


The Canton Youth Symphonies will be instructed by the following:

  • Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz, Music Director and Associate Conductor of the CSO
  • Ralena Bevington, Youth Strings Instructor
  • Rachel Hagemeier, Manager of Education and Community Engagement

Teaching assistants will also be hired from Ohio university music education programs to assist with one on one training and other musical opportunities.


Rachel Hagemeier

Manager of Education and Community Engagement


2331 17th St. NW
Canton, Ohio  44708

Box Office: 330-452-2094
Administration: 330-452-3434
Fax: 330-452-4429

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