The Salem Youth Symphony Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers an exceptional musical experience to dedicated young musicians through 21 years old from Salem-Keizer and the surrounding communities.  During the 2013-2014 season we have about 170 musicians from 14 hometowns and 40 different schools.  Quality of musicianship and attention to detail are stressed in the weekly rehearsals, culminating in concerts in which the joy of performing music of the great composers is shared with the audience. 
Salem Youth Symphony Association consists of four groups:  

Mozart Players 
The Mozart Players, our newest group, is a non-audition, preparatory string group conducted by Deborah Ward.  Find out about The Mozart Players.

Amadeus Players 
The Amadeus Players is an entry level string ensemble conducted by Deborah Ward.  Find out more about Amadeus...


Philharmonia is a full symphony orchestra (strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion) conducted by Jon Harris-Clippinger.  Find out more about Philharmonia.

Youth Symphony

Youth Symphony is the advanced full symphony orchestra conducted by Larry Garrett.  Find out more about Youth Symphony.

Participation provides young musicians with opportunities to advance their musical experience by:

  • building their repertoire of orchestral works
  • performing in a full symphony orchestra
  • sharing music with the community
  • enhancing confidence, self-esteem and discipline
  • refining skills with sectional coaches who are professional musicians

For more, see Salem Youth Symphony on Facebook.

The history of Salem Youth Symphony was assembled for the 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2005, and it can be found on Henry Strobel's website (here).

Current musicians and families can get the latest information on the Announcements page.

Salem Youth Symphony
P.O. Box 1113
Salem, OR 97308

Upcoming Event

for current and prospective members of 
Philharmonia or Youth Symphony

Invite your friends- especially string players!- to try out the music with us!

Sunday, September 14
3:00 - 5:30 pm  
North Salem High School

Printable flyer

Upcoming event

Auditions for 2014-2015

Auditions will be held again 
Saturday, September 20

Upcoming Event

First rehearsal

Alert!  Please check back later to see if rehearsals will be held on Mondays or Tuesdays during September and October.  We have learned of changes to Salem high school marching band rehearsals that affect quite a few of our musicians.

for Amadeus, Philharmonia, and Youth Symphony
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for Mozart Players
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Thank you! to The Salem Foundation for their generous donation for tuition assistance!

Thank you! to Mountain West Investment Corporation for their generous donation for tuition assistance!

Thank you! to Jeff Hart of Allied Video for filming our Winter Concert!

We are grateful for the support of The Keleman Family Fund and Les Schwab Corporation!

The Keleman Family Fund