Orchestra conductor on stage

In 1957, a dedicated group of women who believed that Syracuse should have an orchestra formed the Syracuse Symphony Guild. 


In 1960, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra was established, and the Syracuse Symphony Association (the Guild’s successor) was there to help support it financially through various means of fundraising.


In the Spring of 2011, the SSO began the transition to a new business model, and officially became Symphoria in December of 2012. 

The SSA reorganized, as well, becoming the Syracuse Sounds of Music Association, Inc. (SSMA) in the Fall of 2011.


Since then, the SSMA has successfully raised grant funds to support not only Symphoria, but many CNY non-profit organizations that present music programming.


The Syracuse Sounds of Music Association, Inc. is an advocate for the promotion and support of music throughout the Syracuse area. We do this through a number of fundraising activities and events. Proceeds from ALL of our efforts go

toward grant support to Central New York non-profit for music programming and scholarships.

Our most successful “full-time fundraiser” is the Encore Thrift Shop, located in Fayetteville, New York, at 119 Brooklea Drive.
Encore recently celebrated 13 years in business, and is managed and staffed by volunteers.

Hours are Tuesday through Friday 11-4, and Saturday 11-3. (315) 637-6133.

Donations of clothing, shoes, jewelry, and small household items in very good condition are accepted during business hours, with 
all proceeds going toward our mission. Donation forms are available for tax purposes.

Join Us!

Becoming a member shows your support of music in Central New York!

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Our membership year is


September through August.

Click HERE to print the membership form.

Or click on the link below to pay for membership with PayPal.


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a part of event planning or other organization needs.