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The Youth Symphony is the premier group of Salem Youth Symphonies. The orchestra‘s repertoire includes the staples of symphonic literature. With an age limit of 21, our musicians come from home schools, private schools, public schools and community colleges in the greater Salem area. A good percentage of our students also distinguish themselves as participants in Oregon All State, MENC All Northwest, Salem Keizer Honor groups, District and State Solo Contest and our area’s concerto competitions including the Connie Fritz Memorial and the Wiscarson Competition. Besides performing with the orchestra, musicians have opportunities to perform in community service for other arts organizations such as the Oregon Symphony in Salem and the Salem Chamber Orchestra. -Mr. Garrett


2018-2017 Season

(subject to change)

Rehearsals are Monday at North Salem High School unless indicated otherwise

  • Mozart Players 4:45-5:45 pm
  • Amadeus 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Philharmonia 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Youth Symphony 7:00-9:00 pm

First Term, 2018

Sept. 17, Monday – Jump Start for Youth Symphony and Philharmonia at North Salem High School.

  • Philharmonia 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Youth Symphony 7:00-9:00 pm

Sept. 22, Saturday- Auditions for NEW MEMBERS.

Sept. 24. Monday- First rehearsal for Amadeus Players, Philharmonia, and Youth Symphony.
IMPORTANT ALL PARENT MEETING 7:00-7:30 p.m. at North Salem High School (Mozart parents optional).

Oct. 1, Monday – Rehearsal for All

Oct. 5-6- Amadeus Retreat, 4-H Center, West Salem

Dec. 8, Saturday – Dress rehearsal

Dec. 9, Sunday – WINTER CONCERT


Salem Youth Symphony provides four levels of orchestral experience geared for youth throughout age twenty-one:
The Mozart Players is a non-audition, preparatory string group conducted by Rachael Anderson and Deborah Ward.

The Amadeus Players is a mid-level string ensemble conducted by Deborah Ward.

Philharmonia is a full symphony orchestra (strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion) conducted by Jon Harris-Clippinger and Mac Mayer.

Youth Symphony is the advanced full symphony orchestra conducted by Jon Harris-Clippinger and Héctor Agüero.

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

"I am constantly in awe of the talent and dedication of our musicians in every group. I am grateful that these young artists, students, athletes, volunteers, and friends give of their time and energy to pursue making music together. Their passion is infectious and keeps me coming back for more every week.”
—Jon Harris-Clippinger, conductor

The Salem Youth Symphony Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers an exceptional musical experience to dedicated young musicians through 21 years old from Salem-Keizer and the surrounding communities. During the 2016-2017 season we have just over 200 musicians from 40 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 For All! Discount-  18 and over with the Oregon Trail card- $5.00 each , two per person.

Salem Youth Symphony

Call (503) 485-2244