The Saratoga Youth Symphony was founded in 2012 by three dedicated musicians in New York’s Capital Region: Sue Nazzaro, Ubaldo Valli, and Ellen Madison. The symphony orchestra was founded on the belief that great music should be available to all students and that the musicians of the orchestra should be able to share their love for music with each other, and within the community.

Under the leadership of Music Director Katie Gardiner, the SYS provides an orchestral experience for talented student musicians ages 18 and under. Members of the Youth Symphony represent more than two dozen schools throughout the Capital District. The SYS continues to build upon its reputation for musical excellence while maintaining its commitment to music education and community activities.


Winter Performance

Please join us at the United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm for our winter performance. Music Director Katie Gardiner will be conducting the Saratoga Youth Symphony.

Auditions for 2014-2015

The fall audition date is Saturday, September 6, 2014.

For more information, please visit our auditions page  to download the audition application