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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, Preparatory Symphony and Wind 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 2024-2025 season!  Fall auditions will be held on Saturday, September 7For more information and to download the Audition Application, please visit the Auditions page. For further information, feel free to email us at or contact us at 518-583-1128.




NEW! We are delighted to introduce the Saratoga Wind Symphony. Auditions are open to wind, brass and percussion students who play at a NYSSMA level 3 or higher.

NEW! The Burning Bridges was founded by Sue Nazzaro to allow adult string musicians the opportunity to indulge their love of music and its healing power by playing and performing together. "We are dedicated to sharing our music with others."


To all Saratoga Youth Symphony, Saratoga Preparatory Symphony and Saratoga Wind Symphony members. Kindly note below a few important points.  These guidelines are subject to change depending on the rules of our venue and/or local health authorities:

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

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

  • If a musician has a cold or cold like symptoms, please wear a mask to rehearsal.

  • If an SYS musician or family member(s) living with the musician is diagnosed with Covid-19, please stay home and do not attend rehearsal that week.


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 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-United Church of Christ in Saratoga Springs, New York. In order to be a member of the Saratoga Youth Symphony, Saratoga Preparatory Symphony or Saratoga Wind Symphony, it is required that symphony members participate in all dress rehearsals and concerts.

Saratoga Preparatory Symphony Rehearsal time: Sundays, 4:45 - 6:15

Saratoga Wind Symphony Rehearsal time: Sundays, 4:45 - 6:15 

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

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