Concerts are performed in winter at the First Congregational Church in Madison and  Guilford High School.

No tickets necessary.

The spring concert is at the

Guilford High School auditorium.

No tickets necessary.


Auditions for the 2018-19 season to be held Monday, September 17

at Daniel Hand High School

in Madison.

Contact us now for an audition.



P.O. Box 947

Madison, CT 06443

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Founders & First Conductors 

Ann & Bill Clemmons

SYSO was originally the Southern Connecticut Youth Symphony and founded by Reid Garrett.


In 1983 William and Ann Clemmons became the new conductors and renamed "SYSO" as Shoreline Youth Symphony Orchestra.  It was created to offer a full orchestra experience for students in the local area. The orchestra quickly grew, and the Clemmons’ created an additional younger preparatory orchestra called Whiz Kids.  

The Youth Symphony often travels to attend yearly Music Festivals. In April, 2007, they performed at Carnegie Hall in NYC. They have played in London and Bournemouth, England. They have traveled to Quebec, Philadelphia, Virginia Beach, Boston, Williamsburg, New Jersey, and Washington, DC. 

In the spring of 2009, they traveled to Boston for their performance and received the Heritage Festivals “Outstanding Orchestra” award. In later years, they performed in New York City at Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center.  


Bill and Ann started a tradition of performing locally at the North Madison Congregational Church, Congregational Church on the Green (ABC Concert), Daniel Hand High School, and “On the Green” in Madison, Connecticut.

Former Assistant Conductor

Elizabeth Clemmons

Elizabeth Clemmons began teaching cello and violin privately while earning her degree from Central Connecticut State University. After earning her B.S. in Music Education in 2005, she began her public school teaching career in Branford, CT teaching strings.


From there, she taught in Farmington CT, teaching strings and later intermediate band. Beginning in the fall of 2015, Ms. Clemmons will be teaching strings at Ana Grace Elementary Arts Academy in Avon, CT. A certified Suzuki Teacher,


Ms. Clemmons  also teaches Suzuki cello at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, CT. As a cellist, Ms. Clemmons has performed with Orchestra New England, New Britain Symphony, and other regional ensembles throughout her career.


Thank you Elizabeth Clemmons for all your years of help and dedication to the orchestras.