Thursday, February 21
When looking at dates for rehearsals and concerts, please be sure to double check the name of your student's ensemble! This can be found in your parent portal .
Rehearsals resume this weekend (2/23 and 2/24) for all ensembles!
If you have any technical difficulties or have any questions regarding the photography, please contact the photographer Ken Jacques directly at .
Ovation Concert Photos Available!
Official SDYS Ovation Music Educator's concert photos are now available! You can peruse and purchase any of the candid shots taken from the weekend.

We apologize in advance if your musician was not included in candid shots as the photos were taken at random for our marketing use. 
March 10 Concert Call Times
Showcase and Inspiration Ensembles
The Showcase and Inspiration Music Educator's concerts are Sunday, March 10 at Poway Center for the Performing Arts . Please note your ensemble's specific concert and rehearsal times listed below. 

Dress rehearsals are an important part of the concert preparation experience for students so that they adjust to new acoustics in the concert hall. 
Photos will be taken during dress rehearsals. All musicians should arrive to rehearsal in their appropriate concert attire. 

1:00 PM Concert
Concert Orchestra, Concert Winds, Overture Strings, Overture Winds
(Call times for each ensemble below)

Concert Orchestra
Rehearsal Call: 9:00 AM
Rehearsal Release: 10:10 AM
Concert Call: 12:50 PM

Concert Winds
Rehearsal Call: 9:30 AM
Rehearsal Release: 10:40 AM
Concert Call: 12:35 PM

Overture Strings
Rehearsal Call: 9:50 AM
Rehearsal Release: 11:10 AM
Concert Call: 12:05 PM

Overture Winds
Rehearsal Call: 10:20 AM
Rehearsal Release: 11:40 AM
Concert Call: 12:30 PM

6:00 PM Concert
Sinfonia, Wind Symphony and Symphonic Strings
(Call times for each ensemble below)  

Rehearsal Call: 4:00 PM
Rehearsal Release: 5:10 PM
Concert Call: 6:00 PM

Wind Symphony
Rehearsal Call: 3:25 PM
Rehearsal Release: 4:40 PM
Concert Call: 5:35 PM

Symphonic Strings
Rehearsal Call: 2:50 PM
Rehearsal Release: 4:10 PM
Concert Call: 5:15 PM
Concert Tickets Available!

Tickets for all concerts in the 2018-19 season are now available online at

Please note: Tickets are no longer available for rehearsal pickup. All tickets are now held at Will Call, or you may request to have them mailed for an additional fee. 
Sunday, March 10
Inspiration & Showcase Tickets

23rd Celebration of Music Education Inspiration & Showcase Concert

Tickets: $10-25

1pm Performance:
Concert Orchestra
Concert Winds
Overture Strings
Overture Winds

6pm Performance:
Wind Symphony
Symphonic Strings

Sunday, March 10 - 1pm & 6pm
Poway Center for the Performing Arts
15498 Espola Rd, Poway, CA 92064
Online ticket sales close March 7 at 12 noon.  
See all upcoming events at  

Special Offer for SDYS Families
SDYS Families can Buy 2 or more Adult priced tickets, Get 2 or more tickets free! 

Use Promo Code: SDYSFAMILY 

Online ticket sales close on the Thursday prior to the concert at 12 noon. After this time, tickets may only be purchased at the venue box office. Please note that there is a $5 per ticket fee for tickets purchased through the venue. Student/child tickets are always $10. 

For questions or problems regarding concert tickets, please contact Hannah Pierangelo at or 619-233-3232 ext. 115.
Student and Teacher Photos!
We are inviting all of our students to submit a photo of themselves and their private music teacher or school orchestra/band teacher! All photos submitted will be shown at the Music Educator's Concert in March.

Selfies accepted!
T-shirts & Hoodies On Sale Now!
This season's T-shirts and Hoodies are now available for sale at rehearsals! The new shirts and hoodies feature the winning artwork by Nina Bonaventure from our annual T-shirt design contest. Please see a production assistant to purchase at rehearsals. Items can also be purchased online at

T-shirts are $15 (available in Youth unisex, Men's, and Women's sizes)
Hoodies are $35 (available in Men's sizes)

Please note: Merchandise is not available for delivery at this time. Please plan to pick up your order at weekend rehearsals or at the SDYS Main Office during regular business hours. 
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: Feb. 22, March 1

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 .
We're Hiring!
Conservatory Program Assistant
The San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) is seeking a Conservatory Program Assistant full-time at 30 hours a week to support the registration and administration of Conservatory Programs and to communicate with families.

Early Childhood Teaching Artist
The Teaching Artists for SDYS’ early childhood music will teach small groups of our ChIMES (Childhood Introduction to Music Education, with Smiles) music classes for children 0-5 years old and their caregivers, as well as teach early childhood music to small groups of preschools at contracted sites.

Please visit  http://  for more information.
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 
Amazon Smile :)
Consider using Amazon Smile to help use your cents wisely!

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to SDYS whenever you shop on AmazonSmile is the 
same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

How to participate:

1. Use this link to be taken to the Amazon Smile page.  

2. You'll be asked to select "San Diego Youth Symphony" as your chosen charity. 

3. Shop from , and 0.5% of your purchase will be donated back to SDYS!  

Thank you for helping us make music education accessible and affordable for all!
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.
ArtsBridge Summer Programs
ArtsBridge Summer programs give actors, singers, and classical vocalists two intensive weeks immersed in their art form with the addition of specialized guidance on what it takes to succeed in the college admissions process for performing arts programs.

For more information, please visit ArtsBridge Summer Programs.
San Diego Rotary District 5340
Instrumental Music Competition 

High School Age Musicians 
$2,500 Scholarship Grand Prize 

Rotary Club Contest in February 2019 
Final in March 2019

To view competition rules and application please click here .  

Contact your local Rotary Club for information or Bob Hartsfield at
CMEA - SBS Solo & Ensemble
March 2, 2019
The CMEA Solo & Ensemble Festival provides students with the opportunity to perform either a solo or in a small ensemble and receive clinic-style feedback and written evaluation from an experienced adjudicator. 

Those individuals or ensembles who receive a "Superior" Rating will be eligible to participate in the State Solo & Ensemble Festival to be held in San Bernardino County during the month of May.

The CMEA-SBS Solo & Ensemble Festival is open to students in grades 4-12 Instrumental, Voice, and Guitar.  

Application Deadline: February 22, 2019
Heart of a Child
Benefit Concert Audition
The 8th annual "Heart of a Child" benefit concert will be held the evening of Saturday, May 25, 2019. Resounding Joy is looking for truly exceptional musicians in San Diego to perform at the concert. Video auditions are currently being accepted for soloist and small groups. Auditions are best submitted by YouTube, Vimeo or personal website. 

Deadline: March 15

Sphinx Performance Academy 2019 Summer Program  
The Sphinx Organization and Sphinx Performance Academy are proud to partner with the Curtis Institute of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music and collaborate with The Juilliard School for its SPA 2019 programming.The Sphinx Performance Academy (SPA) is a full-scholarship summer chamber music and solo performance program designed for string players, ages 11-17. As a program with a primary focus on cultural diversity, SPA seeks to actively recruit and engage students from cultural backgrounds that are underrepresented in the field of classical music. 

Learn more  about the Sphinx Performance 
Academy and the application process.
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.