“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.”
Youth Symphony, the premier group of the Salem Youth Symphony program, explores the staples of symphonic literature. Welcoming students up to age 21, Youth Symphony blends the talents of musicians from public and private schools, home school, and college. Many of these skillful musicians distinguish themselves in the Oregon All-State Orchestra and Band, District and State Solo Contests, MENC, ASTA, and the area’s concerto competitions. Others have gone on to music conservatories, and to professional orchestras including the Oregon Symphony. Most Youth Symphony players have played previously in other SYS ensembles, but new talent is also welcome. Advanced players eager to perform at this level are invited to audition.
“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
Mondays 6:30 – 8:30 pm, September through April, at North Salem High School or Parrish Middle School.
January 21, 2017
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem, 5090 Center St. NE, Salem (map)
The annual SYS concerto competition is open to musicians participating in the Youth Symphony. Five professional musicians serve as the jury. The winner will receive a cash prize of $500 and will perform with the Youth Symphony at one of the two season concerts. Family and friends are welcome to hear the contestants share their musicianship. (Prior winners may not participate to give others this yearly opportunity.)