Canton Youth Symphonies


Rachel L. Waddell, Conductor


The Canton Youth Symphonies offer 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
Grades: 2-6
Level: Beginning students
Instruments:  Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
Yearly Tuition:  $115 per musician; $60 for each additional family member

Canton Youth Symphony
Grades: 6-9
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Instruments:  Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Harp, Pinao, Timpani, Percussion, Violin, Viloa, Cello, Bass
Yearly Tuition:  $160 per musician; $75 for each additional family member

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:  $160 per musician; $75 for each additional family member

Tuition payment plans and scholarships are available for those families with financial need.  Please contact Irene Barker, Director of Educaiton and Community Engagement to discuss payment options and scholarships.
Scholarship Application


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. 

Lisa Boyer Schoarship:

This year marks the first offering of the 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.

Boyer Scholarship Information Sheet

Boyer Scholarship Application

Audition Dates:
Dates for the 17-18 season are coming soon!

Audition Flyer (coming soon!)         Audition Information Form (coming soon!)

Concert Schedule:

Tickets for CYS concerts are $5 each and may be purchased online, by phone or at the door the day of the concert.

Sunday, November 20, 2016:  4:00pm, Umstattd Performing Arts Hall             
Sunday, February 26, 2017:  5:00pm, Umstattd Performing Arts Hall               
Sunday, April 30, 2017:  5:00pm, Umstattd Performing Ats Hall                       



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Rachel L. Waddell, Conductor

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