Thursday, April 25
Traffic Alerts

Saturday April 27
(all rehearsals as normal on Saturday)
March For Babies - 7:00 am - 10:00 am
Events and closures around 6th and Laurel South Lawn, Cabrillo Bridge, and Balboa Drive

Sunday April 28
(all SUNDAY rehearsals cancelled )
Earth Fair - 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Events throughout the Central Mesa, Including Plaza de Panama, El Prado, and the Palisades parking lot
2019 - 20 Registration is Open!
April 2 - May 20

Returning students are able to register for the new season now through May 20! Students can enroll on the Parent Portal .
Click here for more information on registration.

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

The audition schedule will be available on Friday, May 24. Click here for more information on auditions.

Students should be familiar with audition requirements found in the 2019-2020 Audition Handbook .
Registration fee increases to $50 on May 3 at 12 noon.
Rehearsal Adjustments and Cancellations

  • 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 - Extended Deadline !
Sunday, May 12
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, and 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 27, 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
Volunteer Opportunities!
Saturday, May 4

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!  
SDYS Open Day!
May 11 - 12
Casa del Prado, Balboa Park

Bring your friend to rehearsal on Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12! Your friends may sit in your ensemble, meet the conductor, and learn about joining SDYS. We will have an  information booth set up to answer any questions.
Ovation Audition Q & A with the Music Director
Saturday, May 11
Dear current 8th grade, 9th grade, 10th grade and 11th grade Sinfonia and Wind Symphony Parents and Musicians,

I hope that you are doing well and having a wonderful Spring Season.
I am writing let you know about a special  Ovation Program Audition Q and A meeting for the upcoming June auditions for the for the 2019-20 Season.

The Ovation ensembles are the highest level ensembles in the SDYS programs and offer students and families exciting repertoire, concert performances, leadership and community opportunities and outstanding musical training at the highest level of SDYS.

On Saturday, May 11 at the conclusion of the Sinfonia rehearsal, from 1:00pm to 1:40pm, I will be hosting an informal meeting and get together for all interested Sinfonia and Wind Symphony students and parents in Room 205 in Balboa Park to share details about the Ovation ensembles and to have an informal Q and A session for students and parents to learn about Ovation auditions practice tips, and much more about the many exciting opportunities for students and families in our Ovation ensembles at SDYS.  

This year all Sinfonia and Wind Symphony musicians who are eligible by grade level, and who will be in 9th grade and higher for 2019-20 will have the opportunity to be considered for placement to move into the Ovation Program when they audition at our upcoming June auditions. Students may also apply to be considered for an Ovation Leadership Position as well.  

I will be able to share and answer questions about the Ovation ensembles and Ovation auditions at the workshop on Saturday, May 11.

I hope to see you all at 1pm on Saturday, May11 in Room 205 in Balboa Park after Sinfonia rehearsal, and I look forward to meeting you all in person!

Please feel free to email me at , if I can provide any additional assistance or can answer any questions that you might have about the Ovation Program.

With Best Wishes,

Mr. Edmons
Music Director San Diego Youth Symphony
Thank Mayor Faulconer for maintaining funding for Arts+Culture!

On Monday April 15, Mayor Faulconer released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2020. This new budget maintains funding for the Operating Support and Creative Communities programs, which includes funding for SDYS.

Please send him a quick email here thanking him for his support of SDYS!
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!  
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!

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

For high school aged students only.

Click here for more information.
Cello Bash
Saturday, May 18
Oceanside High School Performing Arts Center

The Cello Bash is a gathering to celebrate the joy of the cello and be part of the San Diego community of cellists. For the younger students this is an extraordinary opportunity to play new music and, most importantly, with a large group of cellists and mature professionals.
Deadline: April 30, 2019
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
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
Masterclasses Berlin 2019
July 14 - 21
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
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.