Charles Creighton

CYSA Founder and Conductor Emeritus

Charles Creighton is the founder of CYSA. He holds Master’s degrees in piano performance and conducting from the University of California.

He is also the former Director of the Corvallis School District Orchestra Program (from 1982-2010) and the award-winning Camerata String Orchestra. Charles has received the Oregon Associated Industries “Golden Apple” Teaching Award, the Oregon Symphony Outstanding Music Educator Award, and the 2006 Oregon Education Association Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2010 Charles was presented with the Oregon Music Educators John McManus Distinguished Teacher Award “honoring a lifetime of service to music education and professional accomplishment.” Charles was twice selected as a U.S Presidential Scholar Teacher of Distinction and was invited to Washington, D.C., in 2006 and in 2010 and presented with this award given to our nation’s top 100 teachers.

There are now more than twenty former students of Mr. Creighton working in major orchestras throughout the world, including the Boston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and Opera orchestras, Colorado Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony, several European orchestras, and several touring chamber music ensembles. There are also a half-dozen former students who are Pacific NW band and orchestra directors.

He is married to Cathy and they have four children, Isaac, Jenee, Geoff and Casey. “Our family feels very fortunate to have settled in Corvallis, a great community with many who support kids and the arts.”