The Salem Youth Symphony Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers an exceptional musical experience to dedicated young musicians through 22 years old from Salem-Keizer and the surrounding communities. Each concert season we serve over 200 musicians from over 50 different schools in various communities. Quality of musicianship and attention to detail are stressed in the weekly rehearsals, culminating in concerts in which the joy of performing music of the great composers is shared with the audience.(
Salem Youth Symphony Association consists of four groups:
(Click on each orchestra for more information on skill level)
Mozart Players is a non-audition, preparatory string ensemble. Mozart Players engages primarily students in grades 4-7. Teacher recommendation is required for first time Mozart Players.
Amadeus Players is a mid-level string ensemble. Amadeus engages primarily students in grades 5-9. Audition required.
Philharmonia is an advanced full symphony orchestra conducted by Danny Hunt. Philharmonia comprises talented student musicians who want to develop orchestral performance skills.
Youth Symphony is the premier full symphony orchestra conducted by Musical Director Jon Harris-Clippinger. Youth Symphony comprises the most talented and dedicated student musicians through age 22.
Participation provides young musicians with opportunities to advance their musical experience by:
Building their repertoire of orchestral works
Performing in a full symphony orchestra
Sharing music with the community
Enhancing confidence, self-esteem and discipline
Refining skills with sectional coaches who are professional musicians
The Salem Youth Symphony Association fosters the talents of dedicated young musicians by providing them with the opportunity to develop a deeper appreciation of orchestral music, enhance their performance skills, and contribute to the community through their musical expression.
Statement of Inclusivity
SYS is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion by welcoming young musicians, their families, and audience members of all races, ethnicities, religions, genders, sexual orientations, and socio-economic circumstances.
The Salem Youth Symphony Association is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit