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, former 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

Oct. 23 Rehearsal Times

4:45-5:45 pm - Mozart Players

6:00-7:30 pm - Amadeus Players

6:00-8:00 pm - Philharmonia

7:00-9:00 pm - Youth Symphony

Upcoming Rehearsals

Oct. 30, 2017

Nov. 6, 2017

Nov. 13, 2017

Nov. 20, 2017

Nov. 27, 2017

Winter Concert

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

Gershwin "Rhapsody in Blue" with guest soloist Jean-David Coen.

Tickets $15 Adults, $10 Seniors

Students under 18, free admission with ticket.

Available at the door or at Willamette Valley Music Company, 484 State St., Salem

Concerto Competition

January 20, 2018

The Larry Garrett Concerto Competition will be held at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem.

Concerto Competition Performance Application form

(Forms due December 10, 2017).

Support Us

Become a SYS Corporate Sponsor

Please consider sponsoring SYS for the 2017-2018 season by completing the Salem Youth Symphony Sponsorship form.

All Corporate sponsors' logos and advertisements will be included in our concert programs for the 2017-2018 season.

(Forms due by November 11, 2017)

Donate and Become a SYS Member for the 2017-2018 season

All donors will be listed in our concert programs for the 2017-2018 season.

Whole Note ($1,000+)

Half Note ($500-$999)

Quarter Note (Up to $499)


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Play and be Heard

Join Us for our Winter Concert-Dec. 10, 2017-3pm

Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

Featuring guest soloist Jean-David Coen 

Jean-David Coen is a professor of piano and music history at Willamette and Co-Director of the Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series. Read more about Professor Coen by visiting his website.

Additional pieces on the Winter Concert include:

French-inspired work describing the magic of a winter scene, Le Froid de l’hover by soon Her Newbold (Mozart Players).

A familiar waltz from the comic ballet Coppélis by Léo Delibes arranged by Longfield (Amadeus Players).

Variations on a Theme of Haydn by Johannes Brahms arranged by Leidig (Philharmonia).

Gustav Mahler’s Finale from Symphony No. 3 (Youth Symphony).

And SO MUCH MORE including pieces by Chopin, Liszt, Wagner, Sigr. Anderssen, and Bizet!

Tickets $15 Adults, $10 Seniors.
Students under 18, free admission with ticket.

Available at the door or at Willamette Valley Music Company, 484 State St., Salem.



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, 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.  



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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