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We welcome you to the College-Youth Symphony, in residence at the State University of New York at New Paltz.  We hope you will take a few moments to learn more about the CYS and its mission.

Welcome to the College-Youth Symphony

The College-Youth Symphony ("CYS") is a symphony orchestra comprised of qualified high school and college students from the Mid-Hudson region of New York and is in residence at SUNY-New Paltz. The CYS has performed concerts throughout the Mid-Hudson region with selected students and guest artists as soloists. There are also opportunities for selected CYS members to perform in chamber ensembles. Christiana Fortune-Reader is the new director of the CYS. Dr. Carole Cowan, founder and former director of the CYS, retired after the orchestra's spring 2015 concert.

CYS at a Glance...

The CYS season runs from early September through May.  Auditions are usually held in January, May and September and are open to any high school or college student who demonstrates proficiency in his or her instrument.  The CYS schedule consists of:

  • Weekly rehearsals on Sunday evenings

  • Two full orchestral concerts

  • Several chamber and soloist concerts

  • Chamber ensemble rehearsals on Sunday afternoons

  • Rehearsal and performance opportunities with the musicians of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic

  • Combined performances with SUNY-New Paltz College-Community Chorale and Concert Choir