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 ARE ONGOING THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER:
To schedule an audition date and time, please contact us at 583-1128.
September 11th Auditions on Zoom: Please visit the Auditions Page to download your application.
Welcome to new and returning members of the Saratoga Youth Symphony and Saratoga Preparatory Symphony! We look forward to an exciting year of wonderful music that will enrich your lives and the lives of our audiences.
Please note below a few important points from our Health and Safety Policy. These guidelines are subject to change.
Unvaccinated 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 and concert venues.
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. Please do not attend rehearsals for 14 days.
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 - 6:00
Saratoga Youth Symphony Rehearsal time: Sundays, 6:45 - 8:30