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 2022-2023 season: Audition dates will be available throughout the summer. Please contact us at   saratogayouthsymphony@yahoo.com or call us at 518-583-1128 to schedule your audition. For more audition information,   please visit our Auditions Page 


  Join us for the 2022-2023 season, our 10th Anniversary season!   

To all Saratoga Youth Symphony and Saratoga Preparatory Symphony members! 

Kindly note below a few important points from our Health and Safety Policy. These guidelines are subject to change. 

  • All musicians and family members are required to wear masks inside the rehearsal/concert venue at all times.

  • No food or drink is allowed inside the rehearsal room and concert space.

  • Musicians should bring and use personal hand sanitizer as needed.

  • If an SYS musician or family member(s) living with the musician is diagnosed with Covid-19, please notify the SYS immediately. 


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 Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church 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