Thursday, July 23
In This Issue...

  • Season's First Downbeat
  • COVID-19 Update
  • Placements
  • Conductor Appreciation Videos
  • This Week in Music History
  • General Information, Other Events, and Opportunities
Season's First Downbeat
August 29, 2020

On Saturday, August 29 musicians and their families, new and returning, are invited to “Season’s First Downbeat.” This is a family orientation to meet the conductors and administrative staff. This year, the event will be held virtually. More information to come soon!
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COVID-19 Update

Please keep an eye out tomorrow for an email from SDYS notifying families about Fall 2020 plans.

The SDYS offices have re-closed due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept cash payments at this time. Checks Staff will continue to work from home and are available via email and phone.

Please visit for any new information.


Ensemble placements, tuition assistance notifications, reopening plans, and necessary safety precautions for the 2020-2021 season have already gone out.

If you did not receive your placement email, please log onto and check your spam folder. If you still cannot find it, please email immediately. If you decide not to accept the offer of placement, please email the conservatory team indicating your decision. Placement decisions are final and cannot be changed.

For other important dates and information please click here.

Questions? Email
Conductor Appreciation Videos

We're happy to share our students' Conductor Appreciation videos, highlighting each submission by level! Thank you to all of our students who participated. We're thrilled to be able to thank our conductors for their dedication to all SDYS students!

Vimeo password: Appreciation2020
Beginning Conductor Appreciation video
Inspiration Conductor Appreciation video
Showcase Conductor Appreciation video
Ovation Conductor Appreciation video
This Week in Music History
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.

As a courtesy reminder, 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.
Hausmann Quartet's Online Seminar
July 28-30, 2020

Dear friends,

We hope this finds you healthy and well. We're looking forward to our first Hausmann Quartet online chamber music seminar next week, July 28-30, and we'd love for you to join us on Zoom! We've planned three mornings of enriching activities, open to musicians of all ages and levels (professional, student and amateur). We’ll welcome special guests from all over the US and Canada to explore motion in music, cover areas of instrumental technique, chamber music fundamentals, rehearsal technique, intonation, improvisation, body awareness and much more!

Each day will include three sessions of 40-45 minutes each, starting at 9am and ending at 11:30am (Pacific Time), with a total cost of $120.

More information is available at our website, including registration and link for payment.
Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) San Diego Community Assessment Team

SAY San Diego is able to assist with the following FREE services:

  • Case management
  • School Advocacy
  • Youth and Family Counseling
  • Educational Groups
  • Substance Abuse counseling
  • Tutoring
  • Anger Management
  • Family Support/Parent Education
  • Mini-grants: Assistance with Basic Needs (rent, food, clothes, transportation, supplies, program enrollment fees, etc)
Services offered are short term, strengths–based and take place virtually from your own home.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Children and youth must be 6-18 years of age
  • Participants must have a San Diego zip code

Please contact SAY at (858) 829-8904 or (858) 213-4505 for more information.
Please click here for the referral form, the flyer in English, and the flyer in Spanish.
YOLA National at Home

YOLA National at Home offers courses, content, and project-based learning opportunities for youth and adults alike. Students, educators, artists, and in some cases, all music lovers, will find relevancy in these curated broadcast and interactive experiences held over Zoom and YouTube Live.

July 10-31, 2020

For more information, visit their website.
Vanderbilt Virtual Visit Opportunities

In lieu of in-person campus visits, Vanderbilt welcomes you to register for a Virtual Blair School of Music Information Session. These sessions will provide the same comprehensive Info Session material that would be presented during a Blair Tour, and will be led by one of our Blair Admissions representatives.

Educational Resources

Learn more about programs for preparing for college, summer intensive study, conservatory and collegiate opportunities from our promotional partners.
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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