The Saratoga Youth Symphony was founded in 2012 by two dedicated musicians in New York’s Capital Region: Sue Nazzaro and Ellen Madison. The symphony orchestra was founded on the belief that great music should be available to all students and that the musicians of the orchestra should be able to share their love for music with each other, and within the community.
Under the leadership of Music Director
Joshua Thompson, the SYS provides a non-competitive orchestral experience for talented student musicians ages 18 and under. Members of the Youth Symphony and Preparatory Symphony represent more than two dozen schools throughout the Capital District. The SYS continues to build upon its reputation for musical excellence while maintaining its commitment to music education and community activities.
Auditions for the 2020-2021 Season: Saturdays, June 13 and June 20. All auditions will be online.
For more information, please visit the Auditions Page or email us at
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we regret to inform you that the rest our season has been cancelled.
Although we are not a 501c3 (nonprofit organization), we welcome contributions. If you would like to contribute to the SYS, these funds will only be used for musician scholarships and also to purchase timpani/percussion instruments. Contributions can be mailed to us at: Saratoga Youth Symphony, P.O. Box 3092, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
All rehearsals are held at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, New York.
In order to be a member of the Saratoga Youth Symphony and Saratoga Preparatory Symphony, it is required that symphony members participate in all concerts.
Saratoga Preparatory Symphony Rehearsal time: Sundays, 4:45 - 6:15
Saratoga Youth Symphony Rehearsal time: Sundays, 6:45 - 8:30