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.


Due to the Coronavirus, the Saratoga Youth Symphony will not be meeting this year, (September - June). The School of the Arts, where we rehearse, is closed for now.


We will let you know about the 2021 spring auditions and a restart date as soon as we hear from the School of the Arts. We would like to thank you for your understanding and support as we navigate together how best to support our students in this global pandemic. We hope you remain safe and healthy and look forward to seeing you for the 2021-2022 season.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact  us at 583-1128 or email us at: saratogayouthsymphony@yahoo.com.


Contributions Welcome!

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 - 6:00 

Saratoga Youth Symphony Rehearsal time: Sundays, 7:00 - 8:30


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