“SYS - ...a great experience to not only play great music but hear your peers play at such a high level.”—Trombone Player
“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
“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
“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
“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
On January 20, 2018, seven wonderful SYS musicians shared their joy of music at the SYS Larry Garrett Concerto Competition. Congratulations to winner Israel Perez who will perform Gordeli's flute concerto with the Youth Symphony at the Spring concert on April 29, 2018.
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.