Salem Youth Symphony

“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

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

News & Events

Rehearsal Times

Mozart Players: 4:45-5:45 p.m.

NOTE: Apr. 9, 16 & 23-5:15-6:15 p.m.

Amadeus Players: 6:00-7:30 p.m.

NOTE: Apr. 9, 16, & 23-5:40-7:30 p.m.

Philharmonia: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Youth Symphony: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Upcoming Rehearsal Dates

Apr. 2 - All Orchestras, North Salem HS

Apr. 9- All Orchestras, North Salem HS

Apr. 16 - All Orchestras

Mozart & Amadeus, McNary HS Philharmonia & YS, Parrish MS

Apr. 23 - All Orchestras, North Salem HS

Apr. 24 - Dress Rehearsal, South Salem HS

Youth Symphony 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Apr. 28 - Dress Rehearsal, South Salem HS

Philharmonia 8:30-9:45 a.m.

Amadeus 10:00-11:45 a.m.

Mozart 11:15-11:45 a.m.

Upcoming Concerts

Apr. 20, 2018- Philharmonia Children’s Concert with Central Oregon Youth Symphony in Bend.

Apr. 27, 2018- Mozart & Amadeus Pre-Concert, 5:00 p.m. McNary HS

Apr. 29, 2018- Spring Concert, 3:00 p.m. South Salem HS


Join the Salem Youth Symphony

Auditions are June 2 from 9:00-5:00 at First Christian Church. Visit the AUDITIONS page to find out how to enroll.

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.

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

Orchestra Photo

Play and be Heard


April 29, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
Rose Auditorium, South Salem H.S.


HOLST Mars from the Planets


GORDELI Flute Concerto
Featuring Concerto Competition Winer


For more information visit our CONCERTS page.


Ticket Prices

$15 Adults, $10 Seniors (62+)
Students under 18, free admission with ticket

Salem For All Discount-$5 each, two per person
18+ with the Oregon Trail (SNAP) card

Tickets available at the door or at Willamette Valley Music Company



Auditions are held in January, June, and September.  Visit the AUDITIONS page to find out how to enroll.

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.




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

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.  


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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