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.
Annual Benefit Concert for the Franklin Community Center!
Please join us on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 7:00 pm at the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church, located at 24 Circular St. in Saratoga Springs. Admission to the concert is $10 per person. For children 10 years and under, admission is free. All proceeds go directly to the Franklin Community Center.
Spring auditions dates will be announced prior to March 15, 2023. Stay tuned....
To all Saratoga Youth Symphony and Saratoga Preparatory 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:
Masks are not required.
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.
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