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 program provides students with an outlet for musical expression, growth, and exploration in a challenging and nurturing setting. Participants rehearse weekly in preparation for at least three concerts annually, and students have the opportunity to work closely with Canton Symphony Orchestra musicians.

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 helps foster a life filled with the appreciation and joy of music.

 

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS!! PLEASE READ!!

Please see the audition flyer below for audition requirements. All ensembles require students to prepare two short pieces that demonstrate technical and lyrical abilities as well as scales for their audition. Those interested in auditioning for the Canton Youth Symphony or Canton Youth Symphony Advanced Orchestra will also be required to prepare one to three assigned orchestral excerpts. Follow THIS LINK to download and listen to excerpts.

 

PLEASE READ INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION!

To schedule an audition follow these steps:

  1. Click the button below to fill out the ONLINE Audition Form.
  2. BEFORE submitting the form, click the link at the bottom of the form to choose your audition time.
  3. Once you have chosen your audition time, submit the audition form.

 

If you have any issues, call or email Rachel Hagemeier, Manager of Education and Community Engagement.

 

 

 

The CYS program offers three levels of ensembles: (The numbers listed are the maximum that will be taken into each group. We reserve the right to accept fewer than this into each group)

 

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
Rehearsal: Mondays, 4:45-5:45pm

 

Canton Youth Symphony

Grades: audition determines placement regardless of grade level
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Instruments: 2 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
Rehearsal: Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30pm (CHANGE FROM LAST YEAR)

CYS Advanced Orchestra

Grades: audition determines placement regardless of grade level
Level: Advanced
Instruments: 3 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 4 French Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, 1 Tuba, 1 Harp, 1 Timpani, 2 Percussion, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
Yearly Tuition: $165 per musician; $80 for each additional family member
Rehearsal: Mondays, 6:00-8:30pm (CHANGE FROM LAST YEAR)

 

 

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

Scholarship Application

 

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 Manager of Education and Community Engagement.  Any school ensemble concert that conflicts with a CYS rehearsal will count as an excused absence.

Proof-of-Ensemble Form

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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