Mission Statement

The mission of the Young Artists Philharmonic is to educate, enrich and inspire young people through the transformative power and beauty of music. Through the teaching, study, practice and performance of music under the guidance of professional musicians, our goal is to help our members develop the skills of self-discipline, teamwork and character. We strive to enable and inspire students to reach their highest musical potential and take pride in their accomplishment.

Five Compelling Benefits of Music Education
The study, learning and performance of music:

1. Enhances the development of academic achievement
2. Provides a vital means of self-expression
3. Fosters a sense of accomplishment and self-esteem
4. Teaches the importance of focus, discipline and teamwork
5. Builds character, social skills and creativity

Who We Are

The Young Artists Philharmonic (YAP) is proud to continue the traditions of education, community, and musical excellence first established by its founder, Salvatore Princiotti.

Today, over 120 talented young musicians (aged elementary to college level) from the tri-state area comprise the three orchestras of the SYAP family. Under the batons of conductors Christian Capocaccia, Gregory Robbins, and Barbara DiFranco, students prepare and perform virtuosic works from the full symphonic literature.

Performing these masterworks requires students to develop and hone their skills of preparation, teamwork, and artistry. In order to accomplish this, YAP is proud to provide an environment where rigorous individualized training is combined with a positive atmosphere, fun social events, and the joy that only music can bring. Students sit shoulder to shoulder with professionals in regular coaching sessions, and learn techniques of collaboration, self improvement, and creativity which will serve them well in their future professional and educational endeavors.


  • For over fifty years, the Young Artists Philharmonic has educated young musicians from all over Connecticut and Northern Westchester.
  • The orchestra was founded in the late 1950s when Salvatore Princiotti was asked by the Junior Schubert Club of Stamford to direct their string ensemble. In 2012, SYAP started a new chapter with the retirement of
    Maestro Princiotti and Christian Capocaccia taking on the reins as the new music director.
  • The SYAP has influenced generations of musicians. Alumni of the orchestra have gone onto further their music education at competitive music schools and conservatories. Others have gone on to become Grammy award-winning musicians. Many alumni are active in orchestras across the country, while others have chosen to teach music across all levels, from elementary to college. Outside of music, many of our alumni have gone on to become leaders in business and industry.
  • The orchestra has performed both locally to bring the highest standard of music to communities in Connecticut, as well as at national and international venues such as the World’s Fair in 1964, the Statue of Liberty re-dedication, for George H.W. Bush and at the inauguration of the Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy.

Community Impact

Starfish Connection

YAP is delighted to partner with the Starfish Connection, a comprehensive program that identifies high potential children from high risk socio-economic groups in the 3rd grade, and provides mentoring, advocacy, educational support, enrichment, and extracurricular activities throughout their elementary, middle and high school years. Offering an Instrument Petting Zoo to students who are ready to select a musical instrument for study, YAP hopes to ignite a spark in each student for the particular instrument of their choosing, and asks advanced YAP students to demonstrate the instruments in a ‘hands-on’ demonstration.

Stamford Public Schools

YAP and the Stamford Public Schools enjoy a reciprocal relationship, wherein conductors and guest artists from YAP engage music teachers one on one in order to provide targeted support and collaborations in the classrooms. By reaching out to young students on their own turf, we are able to show them just how easy and fun it is to make music in the context of a youth orchestra. Issues such as audition anxiety and lack of self confidence can be better overcome in these settings, when children see that we are all about friendship and nurturing.

Childcare Learning Centers

Since 1902, Childcare Learning Centers (CLC) has been a leader in developing and implementing high-quality and affordable early childhood education and care programs such as Stamford School Readiness, Child Development, Early Head Start and Head Start. It is recognized as the third largest pre-kindergarten program in the state and the largest in Fairfield County. The organization operates at seven locations including CLC Palmer’s Hill, CLC William Pitt on Hillandale Avenue and CLC Maple Avenue. With accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, CLC provides over 1,000 children a year with a comprehensive curriculum, well-trained teachers, on-site healthcare providers and family service workers, and nutritious meals. The organization also has a unique collaboration with Yale University and the preschool RULER approach for building social and emotional skills in young children. For more information, visit CLC’s website at www.CLCStamford.org.