Thursday, April 23
2020-2021 Registration
April 6, 2020 - May 8, 2020

Registration for SDYS’ 75th Anniversary 2020-21 Season is open now through May 8!   Please visit My SDYS Portal  to register or visit our  website  for more information.

Please note: the registration fee increases from $40 to $50 TOMORROW , Friday, April 24!


This year, in an effort to safeguard our students and staff, SDYS auditions will be made by video and submitted online through Acceptd.  Students will be able to begin submitting their online audition videos on Friday, May 8, after our June registration period has closed.

Requirements for video auditions have not changed from our traditional audition requirements. Students may upload audition videos between Friday, May 8 and Friday, June 5, when the June audition period closes. All returning students,  except percussionists , must audition by June 5.

All percussionists auditioning for the SDYS 2020-2021 season will audition on August 1 and 2 during our audition cycle usually reserved for new students. We recognize that the wide range of instruments needed to successfully complete an audition are currently unavailable. We look forward to hearing you in person later this summer!

Please visit our website to learn more. 
Conductor Connections

Starting this week, all families will receive emails from their conductor about their upcoming weekend Zoom session.

Every Friday by 12:00pm, we will update the Conductor Sessions website with Zoom links and passwords. The Conductor Sessions website is a password protected site. You can access the password on My SDYS Portal. If you have trouble logging in, please contact with a detailed description of the problem.
Student Selfies

Students and families, are you filling your home with music? If so, please submit a photo or short video of you practicing at home on your instrument(s). We'd love to share how students and their families are using music to relax, connect, distract, or enrich themselves. Thank you!
SDYS Practice Tips!

  • Find time every day (even 5-10 minutes!) to play your instrument
  • Find a quiet space in your house with no distractions and turn your phone off!
  • Make a practice chart to organize your practice session. Consider including:
  • scales
  • etudes or warm-up exercises
  • solo piece
  • ensemble music
  • sight-reading
  • Practice challenging spots 10 times in a row correctly before moving on or playing through without stopping. 
  • Practice with a buddy or your stand partner! (email to get connected)

The SDYS office is closed, and all rehearsals in Balboa Park are suspended until further notice. Staff are available via email and are working to provide opportunities for students to learn remotely. We are continuing to evaluate this fluid situation and will contact you regarding program updates. Please visit for any new information. 
Educational Resources

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Anna Sharp
Conservatory Program Assistant
Financial Support Provided by the City of San Diego.
This activity is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency.
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