The Saratoga Youth Symphony encourages applications from student musicians of all cultural backgrounds. All interested musicians, new or returning, must audition each season. Acceptance into the SYS is based solely on musical ability as demonstrated at the SYS’s annual auditions. Audition results are sent to each applicant within three weeks after the auditions.


Audition Times:

The SYS will schedule your audition time after the application and fee have been received. Please make sure that you notify the SYS of any conflicts that will affect your audition time. You may indicate these conflicts on the audition application.


Audition Length:

10 minutes


Eligibility Requirements for the Saratoga Youth Symphony:

Auditions are open to students who will be high school seniors or younger. Each student is required to prepare:

  • One solo piece or movement with contrasting passages at a NYSSMA Level 5 or 6

  • A two or three octave scale (depending on instrument)

  • Sight-read a brief orchestral excerpt


Eligibility Requirements for the Preparatory Symphony:

Auditions are open to string players who will be high school seniors or younger. Each student is required to prepare:

  • One solo piece or movement at a NYSSMA Level 3 or 4

  • Scales 

  • Sight-read a brief orchestral excerpt


Tuition and Fees:

A non-refundable $40.00 audition fee is required per musician

Tuition for the season is $ 500.00 per musician

SYS reserves the right to change the tuition rate for the next season








To download the Audition Application, click on the small "w" icon within the appropriate button below. 

 for the 2021-2022 season will be held throughout the summer. 
For further information about auditions, please contact us at:
or call
Sue Nazzaro
at 583-1128
There is no application deadline