Sayra Siverson

Artistic Director and YS Conductor

Sayra Siverson

Sayra Siverson is a nationally-known conductor and music educator who has spent over 25 years dedicated to the pursuit of her craft and sharing the joy of musical excellence with young musicians. Ms. Siverson has served as guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician for many local and national music festivals and camps, including Northern Arizona University’s Curry Summer Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, ISAS Arts Festival, Grand Opera Theater, Minnesota SEC Honor Orchestra, Albuquerque Philharmonic, and multiple all-state orchestras throughout the United States. 

Former conductor of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program’s Youth Orchestra, Junior Orchestra, and Junior Band, Ms. Siverson has been conducting with AYSP since 1998 and currently serves as Artistic Director and conductor of the Youth Symphony. She actively promotes the education and performance of new music by successfully partnering with living composers on commissions and performances of new works, including composers such as Jeremy Hegg, Tim Janis, Mark O'Connor, Miho Sasaki, Michael Schelle, and Dana Wilson. Additionally, Ms. Siverson taught public and private school music for 16 successful years.

Ms. Siverson’s youth orchestras have performed at events in concert halls across the United States, including the New Mexico All-State Music Festival, the American String Teachers Association national conference, and the League of American Orchestras “Meet The Composer” program. An advocate of volunteering and collaborating with local organizations, her students have performed alongside the New Mexico Philharmonic, New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, Opera Southwest and with Hey Mozart! New Mexico. Recently, Augustana University (SD) honored her with the Horizon Award which recognizes alumni who have demonstrated outstanding vocational achievement and have provided faithful service to their community.

As a young professional she performed in the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, New Operfestival di Roma (Italy), Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra (Germany) founded by Leonard Bernstein, and recorded a series of TV specials for Germany’s ZDF. Additionally, she performed with the Canadian Brass, Moody Blues, Wynton Marsalis, Summit Brass Institute, and at the Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico.

Ms. Siverson, along with husband Marc Salter, own New Harmony Music, a company that makes custom accessories for orchestral string instruments with diverse customers like Yo-Yo Ma, Cirque du Soliel, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Avett Brothers.

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Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program
4407 Menaul Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110

PO Box 30961
Albuquerque, NM 87190

505-875-1319