Willamette Valley Junior Honors Symphony

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See this post to sign up to Willamette Valley Junior Honors Symphony Auditions 2017.

The Willamette Valley Junior Honors Symphony (JHS) was founded in 1985 by two public school strings teachers, Carol Huntington and Liane Ingalls, who wanted to provide middle school students with the opportunity to perform in a full symphonic ensemble. The program served a very real need in a community which enthusiastically supported music for children, and the program grew.

JHS is now under the aegis of the Corvallis Youth Symphony Association and has broadened its membership to include a wider age span. Typically, the orchestra has over 60 musicians from grades six to ten. Students audition in January and rehearsals run February through April.


Middle and early high school age string, wind, and percussion players will be invited by their school music conductors and private teachers to audition for JHS. Students should be dedicated musicians who want to be part of a fine ensemble and who will enjoy classical symphonic music. Students must be members of their school band or orchestra program in order to participate. This group is a precursor for membership in CYS.


In 2017, JHS will have a ten-week season, culminating in a concert with CYS on Sunday, April 30th at 2pm at LaSells Stewart Center.


The first of 10 weekly rehearsals will be Tuesday, February 14th at Crescent Valley High School from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. A retreat (where professional music teachers coach individual sections of the orchestra) will be held on a Saturday, date TBD, from 9am-12. 


The tuition for the JHS is $230 for the spring 2017 10-week season. Limited financial aid is available for families with significant need.


George Thomson