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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



Second Term, 2019

Jan 14, Monday– First rehearsal for Amadeus Players, Philharmonia and Youth Symphony

Jan 21, Monday– NO REHEARSAL, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan 28, Monday– Rehearsal for ALL Ensembles – First rehearsal for Mozart Players

Feb. 4, 11, Mondays- Rehearsal for ALL Ensembles

Feb. 18, Monday– NO REHEARSAL, Presidents Day

Feb. 25, Monday– Rehearsal for ALL Ensembles

*March 1, Friday- Make-up Rehearsal for Youth Symphony Orchestra only

Mar. 4,  Monday– Rehearsal for ALL Ensembles

Mar. 7, Thursday– Newport Children’s Concert for Youth Symphony

Mar. 11, 18, Mondays– Rehearsal for ALL Ensembles

Mar. 25, Monday– NO REHEARSAL, Spring Break

Apr. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Monday– Rehearsal for ALL Ensembles

Apr. TBD– Children’s Concert for Philharmonia

May 4, Saturday– Dress Rehearsal­­­


*Edited 2/14/19

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.

Paperwork Section


Tuition due dates: See the Auditions page.
If 2 installments, Oct. 15 and Feb. 15;
If 4 installments, Oct. 15, Nov. 15, Feb. 15, March 15.
Bring your check to a rehearsal, or mail to:
SYSA, P.O. Box 1113, Salem, OR 97308

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
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