The Canton Youth Symphonies announce audition dates for the 2019-20 season. Auditions will be held Wednesday, Thursday and Monday, September 4, 5, and 9 from 4pm to 7:30pm and Sunday, September 8 from 3pm-9pm. Auditions will be held at the Zimmermann Symphony Center located at 2331 17th St NW, Canton, OH 44708. Those interested may schedule an audition by going online (cantonsymphony.org/youth-symphony) to fill out the online form. For more information, please call Rachel Hagemeier, Education and Community Engagement at (330) 452-3434 ext. 604.

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 invites beginning and intermediate string players to participate; Canton Youth Symphony is a full-orchestra ensemble that performs educational arrangements of standard repertoire; and the Canton Youth Symphony Advanced Orchestra is a full orchestra ensemble and is intended for advanced players that display exceptional musicality.

Membership in CYS is by audition only. Auditions are 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 Rachel Hagemeier, Education and Community Engagement. More information such as rehearsal times and audition requirements are available online at: www.cantonsymphony.org/youth-symphony.

Questions about repertoire should be directed to Rachel Hagemeier, Education and Community Engagement at (330) 452-3434 ext.604 or rhagemeier@cantonsymphony.org or Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz, Music Director and Conductor, at matthew@cantonsymphony.org.

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 www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center, 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.