Your SDYS weekly update is here!  Don't forget to save the date for this year's Season's First Downbeat!

Read about our Season's First Downbeat, The Music Institute, Inspiration/Showcase DVD, Carpool Sign Up, Principles of Music Class  and more.
Season's First Downbeat  is
Saturday, August 27, 2016.
Season's First Downbeat 
for new musicians

Join us on Saturday, August 27 for an opportunity  to meet with our artistic faculty, administrative staff, board of directors, and other families prior to the first day of rehearsal.   All are welcome! 

No need to bring your instrument, RSVP today!

Showcase Program
(Wind Symphony, Sinfonia, Concert Orchestra and Concert Winds)

10:00am - Check in at 1650 El Prado #207A (where you checked in for auditions)
10:30am - Orientation in Room 207
12:00pm - Potluck lunch in Patio
1:00pm - Downbeat ends

Inspiration Program and Principles of Music Class
(Symphonic Strings, Overture Strings, Overture Winds, Debut and Principles of Music Classes)

11:30am - Check in at 1650 El Prado #207A (where you checked in for auditions)
12:00pm - Potluck lunch in Patio
1:00pm - Orientation in Room 207
2:00pm - Downbeat ends

Ovation Program
Musicians will have a separate orientation with Mr. Edmons at a later date. 

A potluck lunch will be organized at the Patio area in the Casa Del Prado building in Balboa Park. 

Sign up forms for p otluck dishes and volunteer opportunities will be included in next week's Weekly Update. 

2016 SDYS Season's First Downbeat Parent Volunteer Sign-Up
We are looking for help with Season's First Downbeat! As a parent v olunteer, you will be assisting our staff  with the Season's First Downbeat orientation and potluck event on Saturday August 27.

We are looking for several parent volunteers. Please meet our staff at the Casa del Prado room 207A in Balboa Park. This is the same location where you auditioned. ( Map).

Each hour of volunteer service will count as 1 service.

Contact Conservatory Program Coordinator Kyle Henning at if there are any questions.

Thank you for your help!
La Jolla Music Society 
Summer Coaching Workshops

SummerFest Coaching Workshops are intensive master classes, conducted by senior LJMS artists from the festival roster, and offered to the young artists participating in our Fellowship Artist Program and local advanced students. All Coaching Workshops are open to the public, further providing students with the opportunity to present their work to a discerning audience.

Riford Library Community Room (7555 Draper Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037)

Workshop with Kristin Lee
Date:   Tuesday, August 16
Time:   10-11am
SDYS student:   Christian Gonzalez , violin

Workshop with Dorothy Ro
Date:  Tuesday, August 16
Time:  11-12pm
SDYS student:  Ilana Hirschfeld , violin
Repertoire:  Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 by Max Bruch , III.  Finale: Allegro Energico

 with Sophie Scolnik-Brower
Date:   Friday, August 12  
Time:   10:00-10:50am
The Music Institute student (15-16): David Kirk (piano)
Repertoire: Presto from Beethoven's Sonata No. 7, Opus 10, No. 3

These masterclasses are open to the public.

Carpool Signup

Are you looking for someone to carpool with to rehearsals? 

Sign up here and your information will be added to the carpool roster. The roster will be emailed to all the registrants at the end of the day on:
Friday, September 2, 2016. 

Please sign up by NOON on September 2, 2016.

Inspiration and Showcase Programs
Principles of Music Class

This class introduces and strengthen basic principles of music such as ear training, rhythmic dictation and exercise, key signatures, note reading, clef reading, and much more, in an interactive setting.

Designed as an introduction to music, we invite parents, guardians, and siblings to enroll in this class.  

Classes are offered based on minimum enrollment.

Tuition for Principles of Music is $250.

Class Date/Time:  Sundays 1:00-1:45pm
Start Date:  Sunday, September 11, 2016.

Deadline to apply:  Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Tuition Payment deadline:  Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Inspiration and Showcase Concert DVDs
June 11, 2016

The June Inspiration and Showcase concerts were recorded and are now available for purchase. 

Click on here to download the order form Please submit the form to Walker Vision Interarts directly. If you have any questions regarding the DVD, please contact:

WalkerVision Interarts
P. O. Box 22533
San Diego, California 92192
Phone: (858) 458-9038; Fax: (858) 458-9104 
Ovation Program

Ovation Program and piano students are eligible to apply for The Music Institute, a pre-collegiate program offered with our partner, La Jolla Music Society. The deadline has been extended to Thursday, August 25!

As a student of The Music Institute, you will receive:
  • Rigorous instruction in music theory, music history, conducting, and chamber music practice.
  • Special performance opportunities.
  • Free concert tickets to select LJMS performances.
  • Opportunities to work side-by-side with top artists and music industry leaders.
Visit to view 2016-2017 guests, last year's roster of guest artists, The Music Institute Handbook, and the registration form. The deadline to register for this program is now extended to August 25, 2016 at 12 noon, along with the registration fee of $35, payable to "SDYS."

Submit your complete application by August 25, 2016 at 12 NOON to Mr. Kyle Henning, Conservatory Program Coordinator, to participate in this exciting program!  

Share Your Good News!

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, Kyle Henning at
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.
"The President's Own" United States Marine Band, in conjunction with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, is pleased to announce its annual concerto competition for high school musicians.  The winner will appear as a guest soloist with the U.S. Marine Band and receive a $2,500 cash prize from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. The runner up will receive a $500 cash prize.

The final round of the competition will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barracks Annex in southeast Washington, D.C. The final round is presented as a recital and is open to the public. The winner will perform in concert with the Marine Band at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 9, 2017 in the Washington, D.C. area.

The deadline to apply is November 15, 2016. For all competition info, please click

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 !

Exhibits & Performances 
in Balboa Park for August
Please click  here to see a list of arts events in Balboa Park for August.

Kyle Henning
Conservatory Program Coordinator
San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory | 619-233-3232 |

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