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.


CANCELLED - Sunday, April 26 - 6:45 - 8:30 pm. SYS Community Play Along will be held in the Arts School at the Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs. The evening will involve Capital Region music teachers participating in the rehearsal ideally sitting next to one of their students!  We will be rehearsing the finale of Beethoven 5, Beethoven Turkish March, and Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 1.


Auditions for the 2020-2021 Season:  Saturdays, June 13 and June 20. For more information, please visit the Auditions Page. 



All rehearsals in the month of April have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus. The next rehearsal is to be determined.

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 - 6:15 

Saratoga Youth Symphony Rehearsal time: Sundays, 6:45 - 8:30


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