Salem Youth Symphony

“SYS - a great experience to not only play great music but hear your peers play at such a high level. When we are all in sync, it is the best feeling to create wonderful and spectacular music.”—Trombone Player

“Salem Youth Symphony musicians give me inspiration every week because the motivation behind each note is the love of music. Nothing can be sweeter than such a gift!”—Larry Garrett, conductor

Learn about the Youth Symphony

“On my first day . . . I’m playing in this big orchestra and thinking, ‘Wow! Everyone here is really good.’ I feel like I’m part of something huge, something that surrounds me in music.”—Cellist

As a conductor, I relish the chance to provide young musicians with the opportunity to expand their musical perspective through the performance of great symphonic works.”—Jon Harris-Clippinger, conductor

Learn about the Philharmonia

“We work hard when we practice together but we have a lot of fun and make new friends. I liked the tree swings at the retreat.”

“Each year brings new excitement as I watch Amadeus members who love to play and to perform in a group with outstanding players from many schools. We would love to have you join us and add to our rich string sound!”—Deborah Ward, conductor

Learn about the Amadeus Players

“I enjoy encouraging new string talent and seeing our students grow through the years as they move on to audition for Amadeus, Philharmonia, and Youth Symphony. If you are a student starting out on strings, please join us!”—Deborah Ward, conductor

Learn about the Mozart Players

Upcoming Events

Sept. 18, 2017

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. 23, 2017

AUDITIONS for new members Please contact Joyce Epp to schedule your audition appointment. Auditions are FREE.


Phone: 503-485-2244

Sept. 25, 2017

First rehearsal for Amadeus Players, Philharmonia, and Youth Symphony

Oct. 2, 2017

First rehearsal for Mozart Players

Oct. 6-7, 2017

Amadeus Retreat, 4-H Center, West Salem


Winter Concert

December 10, 2017 - 3:00 p.m.

Gershwin "Rhapsody in Blue" with Guest Artist Jean-David Coen

Spring Concert

April 22, 2018 - 3:00 p.m.

Winner of SYS Larry Garrett Concerto Competition

CCTV Channel 22

2017 Spring Concert Air Times

9/20/2017 at 8:30 AM

9/22/2017 at 10:00 PM

9/26/2017 at 2:30 PM

10/2/2017 at 12:00 PM

10/3/2017 at 6:30 PM

10/5/2017 at 12:30 PM

10/9/2017 at 12:30 PM

10/10/2017 at 8:30 AM

10/12/2017 at 6:30 PM

10/14/2017 at 2:00 PM

More information can be found on the CCTV web page

Full Calendar

Play and Be Heard

Orchestra Photo

Play and be Heard


Salem Youth Symphony fosters the talents of dedicated young musicians by providing them with the opportunity to

SYS represents over 40 public and private schools and a dozen communities in the Salem-Keizer and mid-Willamette Valley area.




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 conducted by Deborah Ward and Rachael Anderson.

AMADEUS PLAYERS: A mid-level string ensemble conducted by Deborah Ward.

PHILHARMONIA: A full symphony orchestra conducted by Jon Harris-Clippinger and Mac Mayer.

YOUTH SYMPHONY: The advanced full symphony orchestra conducted by Jon Harris-Clippinger and Héctor Agüero.

Visit the AUDITIONS page to find out how to enroll.


Donate to Salem Youth Symphony

Please support music and the development of young talent through a generous donation to Salem Youth Symphony. SYS is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. Your tax deductible contribution will make a difference in a young player’s life.

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