Canton Youth Symphony Announces New Audition Dates, 8/28

CANTON, OH (August 2, 2016) - The Canton Youth Symphonies have added additional audition dates for the 2016-17 season. Auditions will be held Sunday August 28 from 2-7pm, Monday August 29 from 4:30-7pm and Tuesday August 30 from 4:30-7pm at the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2331 17th St NW, Canton, OH 44708. To schedule an audition, call Lisa Boyer, Director of Education and Community Engagement at (330) 452-3434 ext. 604.

Under the direction of Dr. Rachel Waddell, Associate Conductor of the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Canton Youth Symphonies (CYS) enjoyed a very active season in 2015-16. Named Youth Symphony of the Year by the Classics Alive Foundation, CYS received a $500 scholarship and a residency with Classics Alive co-founder, Lindsay Deutsch. Ms. Deutsch was the guest violin soloist on the final concert of the CYS season. In addition, members of the Advanced Orchestra performed side-by-side with the Canton Symphony Orchestra on a MasterWorks concert in February of 2016.

CYS prides itself on providing performance opportunities for student musicians of varying levels and abilities: from beginning string players to advanced musicians looking for a challenging full orchestral environment. The Canton Youth Symphonies consist of three groups. The Canton Youth Strings which invites beginning and intermediate string players to participate. Canton Youth Symphony is a full-orchestra ensemble that performs diverse and challenging repertoire. The Canton Youth Symphony Advanced Orchestra is also a full orchestra ensemble and intended for advanced players that display exceptional musicality.

Membership in CYS is by audition only. Auditions last for approximately 10 minutes and are unaccompanied. All orchestral instruments are invited to audition, including violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, piano, harp, and percussion. All CYS members are required to participate in at least one school instrumental music program if one is available to them. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and should be discussed with Lisa Boyer, Director of Education and Community Engagement. More information such as rehearsal times and audition requirements are available online at:

Questions about repertoire should be directed to Rachael Waddell, CYS Music Director and Conductor at (330) 452-3434 ext.607 or

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain residents of Stark County and beyond. The orchestra performs classical, holiday, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio, as well as other venues in Stark County. For more information, please visit or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center, 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.

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