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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

Summer Camps

Many of our students enjoy attending a music camp during the summer.  Some parents have requested that we make a list of music camps that other SYS students have enjoyed.

This list is NOT an endorsement, implied or otherwise, of any camp by Salem Youth Symphony. The list is merely a starting place for our families to “hear about” the existence of a camp from our other families.

In alphabetical order:

Any others?  If you’re a musician in Salem Youth Symphony and would like to let others know about a music camp you’ve attended, please let us know (

SYSA musicians and their families can subscribe to the SYS Google Calendar HERE. This page is password protected.

Click HERE for a PDF version of the calendar.


Volunteer Log & SignUp

We use an online Volunteer Log to keep track of the many hours that our families donate to support our orchestras.

SYS is now using to post and fill volunteer positions.

Absence Form

You can use the online Absence form if you have a conflict.

See summer camps for the latest information on summer camps.

Salem Youth Symphony Association

Salem Youth Symphony 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
  • Contribute to the community through their musical expression

Salem Youth Symphony provides four levels of orchestral experience geared for youth throughout age twenty-one.

MOZART PLAYERS: A non-audition early level string ensemble.
AMADEUS PLAYERS: A mid-level string ensemble.
PHILHARMONIA: A full symphony orchestra.
YOUTH SYMPHONY: The advanced full symphony orchestra.

Visit the Auditions page to learn more about joining SYS.

Salem Youth Symphony, in support of public and private school music programs, requires students to be enrolled in a musical ensemble offered at their school for their instrument.

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"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

Salem Youth Symphony

P.O. Box 1113
Salem, OR 97308