Thursday, April 11
Rehearsal Reminder!
Chamber Orchestra  will have a required dress rehearsal for From the Top
tonight - April 11 6pm - 8pm, in Balboa Park in room 207. 

Call time for Chamber Orchestra: 5:45pm.
Traffic Alert
 Friday, April 12 - Sunday, April 14
Art Alive (SDMA) is opening this weekend and may cause more traffic than usual .
2019-2020 Registration is Open!
April 2 - May 20

Online registration for the 2019-2020 season is open and closes May 20! Current students are able to enroll through the Parent Portal . Click here for more information on registering.

Auditions will take place
Wednesday, May 29 - Saturday, June 15.

Click here for more information on auditions. Students should be familiar with the audition expectations found in the 2019-2020 Audition Handbook .
Symphony Orchestra 2018-19
Rehearsal Adjustments and Cancellations

  • Saturday, April 13 - Ovation rehearsal is cancelled due to NPR's From the Top.
  • Saturday, April 20 & Sunday, April 21 (scheduled) - there will be no rehearsal for all ensembles due to Easter weekend and SDYS Spring Break.
  • Sunday, April 28 (cancellation and adjustment) - There will be no rehearsals for all ensembles on Sunday, April 28 due to Earth Day. Because of these cancellations, Overture Strings and Overture Winds rehearsals will be extended 30 minutes on May 5, 12, 19 and June 2. 
  • Saturday, May 4 - SDYS will host our annual Encore! fundraising event in Balboa Park. The event will take place from 4pm to 9pm. Rehearsals will be adjusted as the following:
  • Wind Symphony 8:30am - 10:10am, room 207
  • Sinfonia 10:15am - 11:55am, room 207
  • Concert Orchestra 12pm - 1:40pm, room 207
  • Symphony Orchestra 1:45pm - 3:25pm, room 207
  • Concert Winds 1:45pm - 3:25pm, room 205
  • Chamber Orchestra 3:30pm - 4:45pm. room 205
Musical ArtStops
San Diego Museum of Art

Would you like an opportunity to perform at the  San Degio Museum of Art , learn about the connections between art and music, and engage with museum goers?

In collaboration with the San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA), students in
Sinfonia, Wind Symphony, or Ovation are eligible to apply for Musical ArtStops.
Students will have the opportunity to present a 10-minute performance centering around works of art at SDMA. SDYS and SDMA staff members will provide training for students. 

Training will include an overview of the music as it relates to the artwork as well as etiquette while engaging a group of museum visitors.

Saturday, April 13, 2019  - Deadline for Application 

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - Training times - 12:15pm and 1:15pm

Sunday, May 12, 2019   - Performance at SDMA - All students called at 12:30pm
Apply by Saturday, April 13
Debut and Beginning Recital
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: 6:00pm
Veterans Museum
2115 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Concert attire: "Sunday Best" - no jeans, shirts, or tennis shoes.
Call Time: 5:30pm
Rehearsals as normal on 4/14
  • Symphonic Strings: 1:15 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Overture Winds: 3:15 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Overture Strings: 3:15 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Debut Strings: 1:15 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Debut Winds: 1:15 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Beginning Strings: 3:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Volunteer Opportunities

We currently have two volunteer events coming up soon.

We have several volunteer opportunities to help out at our fundraising event: Encore !
SDYS' annual  Encore !  will take place on  Saturday, May 4 at Balboa Park. Volunteers can choose from a variety of activities with flexible schedules to support scholarship recipients at our biggest fundraiser of the year!  
We have one slot remaining for the Debut and Beginning Recital. We are looking for a few parents to help chaperone students throughout the evening, beginning at 5 pm and ending by 7 pm. This volunteer opportunity will count towards 2 service credits, if applicable.
Concert in the Plaza
May 31, 2019, time TBA
Balboa Park
1450 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

Please save the date for the Concert in the Plaza on Friday, May 31 . More details to come soon!
Graduating Seniors

If you are graduating from high school and SDYS this year, we would love to acknowledge your accomplishments and your future plans on our year end concert program.

We're proud of your accomplishments and excited to hear about the next phase of your life!

To be included on our year end program, please send the following items to Communications Coordinator Anji Taylor .
  • Your name 
  • Head shot
  • Name of college or university you will be attending
  • Your major

Thank you, and congratulations!  
Looking for ChIMES Guest Performers!
Would you like to be a guest performer for young children ages 0-5 and their caregivers? SDYS is seeking Conservatory musicians to be featured on a Friday or Saturday morning ChIMES music class in Balboa Park. Play a short piece of music of your choice, as well as a classic kid favorite: Twinkle Twinkle, Mary Had a Little Lamb, etc.

Guest performers needed from 10:00 am-11:30 am on these dates:

  • FRIDAYS: April 19, April 26, and May 10

  • SATURDAYS: May 11

This is a fun experience that also counts for community service hours!

Click here for more information or contact for more details and to sign up for the opportunity .
Donate an Instrument
We are accepting wind and string instruments that will all be going to conservatory and community 
students that need them. You can drop them off Monday - Friday during regular business hours, or 
on the weekends during rehearsals.

We have an immediate need for violas and trombones!

For any questions regarding instrument donations please email Charlie Perkes 
Share your exciting news about substantial musical achievements. We'll post them in the weekly update to inspire others!

Ulli Reiner (Symphonic Strings conductor) has been selected as a finalist in the solo violin division at The American Prize contest. Her submission was the Decorah Bald Eagle Violin Concerto that was commissioned and composed for her by Dr. Madelyn Byrne. She produced the slide presentation that accompanies the concerto, depicting the tenderness of these majestic birds with their young from a famous webcam that has over million viewers in Decorah, Iowa. Her concerto can be found on YouTube here . Kudos, Ulli!

Helen Zhu (Ovation Program principal flute) got 1st place in 2019 MTAC VOCE State Finals for Intermediate Winds and she was also accepted into the MTAC Young Artist Guild for 2019-2024. Kudos, Helen!

Please submit your recent music-related accomplishments by email to Conservatory Program Coordinator, Brenna Casey at .

As a courtesy reminder we ask all SDYS students to please respect the privacy of all
students and families. Please do not use emails from SDYS to send personal messages
to other students or families.
General Information, Other Events, and Opportunities 

The events listed below are for information only. They are not sponsored or evaluated by, and do not have a connection with SDYS.

Musicians are not allowed to exceed the maximum permitted absences according to the Musician's Handbook by participating in any events listed below.
Saxophone Clinic at Bertrand's Music
April 23, 2019 at 6pm
9906 Carmel Mountain Rd, San Diego, CA 92129
Oberlin Conservatory of Music - Sonic Arts Workshop
June 16-22
77 W College St, Oberlin, OH 44074

Dedicated high school students, aged 15 years and older, have an opportunity to focus on the composition of electroacoustic music and expand their technical and creative resources during the 7-day Sonic Arts Workshop. Participants are chosen through a competitive selection process. The workshop is not open to students who’ve graduated from high school.
Deadline: May 1, 2019
Musical America

With many offerings all over the United States and the world, find your Summer 2019 music festival here .
Carnegie Hall: Manhattan Int. Music Competition
Saturday, July 6, 2019
New York, New York

Open to ALL instruments and ALL ages!
Piano - Strings - Voice - Wind - Chamber Music

To apply, upload a video of your piece.
Recitals will be at Carnegie Hall with over $50,000 in prizes.
CD recording distributed worldwide.
Application Deadline: April 30, 2019
SDYS Community Opus Project's Chamber Recital
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 6:30 PM
Chula Vista Library, Civic Center Branch
365 F St, Chula Vista, CA 91910


Come and watch the Opus Chamber Recital at the Chula Vista Library! This recital features musicians from String Quintet Workshop, Violin Choir, Creative Composition and Improvisation, and Percussion Ensemble. This event is free and open to the public.
Presented by La Jolla Music Society
Live taping Saturday, April 13, 2019 · 6:00 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall @ The Conrad
7600 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

SDYS Discount: Get tickets to the live taping of NPR’s  From the Top  featuring SDYS' Chamber Orchestra
SDYS’ Chamber Orchestra and two of our Ovation students will be featured in a live taping of National Public Radio’s  From the Top , one of NPR’s most popular weekly music programs! From the Top  shares the stories and performances of pre-college classical musicians with more than half a million listeners each week. Vijay Gupta, violinist, social justice advocate, and 2018 MacArthur Fellow, hosts the program and will be joined by special guests, including the San Diego Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra, pianist George Li, local students Audrey Park, Kevin Song, and others.

This is also your chance to experience the new Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center in its grand opening month.
20% Discount with promo code: SDYS
Please note: Discounts not to be applied to previously purchased tickets. This exclusive online offer is subject to availability.

Arts Amplifying Youth
Saturday, April 27
9am - 5pm
The ARTS Center
200 East 12th St, National City

Click here for more information.
Masterclasses Berlin 2019
July 14 - 21, 2019
Berlin, Germany

This summer program is for violin, viola, and cello players ages 12 and older to take lessons, receive professional coaching, and participate in a final concert.

For more information, click here . Please note that the website is in German. For questions, please email

Registration Deadline: June 1, 2019
Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp
August 4-11, 2019
Golden Bell Camp, Divide, Colorado

Set in the beautiful Colorado Rockies outside of Denver at Golden Bell Camp, Colorado, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp is staffed with world class musicians who are
highly regarded for their superb playing as
well as excellent teaching.

In addition to classes during the day, there are evening contra & square dances, jam sessions, concerts, camper talent night, campfire, and opportunities to hike and swim.
Registration Deadline: June 30, 2019
Registration deadline: June 1, 2019
San Diego Bass Fest
SDSU Community Music School
June 18-22
The Fourth Annual San Diego Bass Fest is an intense, informative, and exploratory 5-day double bass workshop. The San Diego Bass Fest aims to energize and unite the bass community in San Diego and will include internationally renowned bassists and educators who provide personal one-on-one and group instruction to students of all levels and all ages.

Balboa Park Explorer
Purchase the Balboa Park Explorer through the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, and a percentage goes towards our work to "make music education accessible and affordable for all!" 

One day, multi-day, and annual pass options are available.  

For more information and to purchase your Balboa Park Explorer now,  click here
Brenna Casey
Conservatory Program Coordinator
Financial support provided by the City of San Diego.