Thursday, June 18
In This Issue...

  • Mr. Edmons' Message
  • Post Audition Note
  • August Registration open through 7/23
  • SDYS Youth Leadership Student Council
  • This Week in Music History
  • ChIMES Registration is Open
  • General Information, Other Events, and Opportunities
Please look forward to a rebroadcast of our June 13 Conservatory Virtual Celebration. It will be available in our Weekly Update next week! 
Mr. Edmons' Message

Dear SDYS Musicians and Families,

Congratulations to all of our musicians and families for a truly wonderful and inspirational season together! Our Virtual Online Celebration was truly a wonderful event, and all of our SDYS musicians did such an outstanding job in their performances together. Congratulations again to all of our graduating seniors! We are so proud of you and we will miss you! A special thanks to all of our SDYS staff who worked so hard to help to put together our Virtual Celebration Event. And a special thank you to all of our wonderful SDYS conductors and artistic staff for all of the inspirational teaching that you have all done for all of the students throughout the entire season. And to all of our SDYS staff for all of your efforts to support our musicians and families throughout this season.

Thank you all again so much to all of our SDYS musicians and families for sharing your music education experiences with us, and for such a truly inspirational and outstanding season together with you all.  

We are so proud of you!  

Congratulations again to everyone!

With Very Best Wishes,

Mr. Edmons
Music Director
Post Audition Information

Now that you have finished your 2020-2021 audition, here is what to expect next:

On Thursday, July 2, ensemble placements and tuition assistance notifications will go out via email. Please do not contact the office regarding your placement before you receive the email. Details about SDYS' reopening plan and necessary safety precautions for the fall concert period will be included with placement information.

If you have not applied for tuition assistance and would like to, please apply here.

For other important dates and information please click here.

We look forward to another great season of making music! Questions? Email
August Auditions for NEW Students

Even though registration for the 2020-2021 season has closed for all returning students, registration is still open for students who are NEW to SDYS, now through July 23.

The link for new student registration:
*NEW* SDYS Youth Leadership Council

The SDYS Youth Leadership Council is a youth-led group of SDYS musicians who want to get more involved, connect with other SDYS musicians, and contribute positively to the future of SDYS.

Participants must have parent/guardian permission to join.

Students will be joining a group, monitored by SDYS staff at all times. Invitations will be sent directly to student's email following submission of this form:

Please see to review the online safety measures we are following for this group and all other online interactions.

Thank you for your interest in this new SDYS youth-led initiative!

Lauren Rausch, Conservatory Program Manager
Kaitlyn Korogy, Community Program Manager
Ellie Lee, SDYS Youth Leader
Noor Alramadan, SDYS Youth Leader
This Week in Music History
  • On June 14, 1921, Ralph Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending premiered in London, UK. Léo Delibes' ballet, Sylvia, premiered on the same day in 1876 in Paris, France.
  • Egmont Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven premiered on June 15, 1810 in Vienna, Austria. Also on this day, Edvard Greig was born in 1843 in Bergen, Norway.
  • Charles Gounod (1818) and Igor Stravinsky (1882) were both born on June 17.
  • Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar premiered on June 19, 1899.
Register Now for ChIMES@Home Summer 2020 Session
Monday June 22 – Friday August 14
Cost: $125 per family

This 8-week session is for parents/caregivers and children ages 0-5 (and any other members of your household that would like to join in the fun too!)

You and your child will share meaningful music-making experiences together at home. Interactive LIVE classes and creative videos will have you singing, dancing, playing instruments and learning new skills!

Session includes:

  • 2 live-streaming classes each week 
  • New video posted every week, plus at-home musical activities, tips and resources
  • 1 Instrument Kit per family 
  • On-demand access to all ChIMES videos and live class recordings 
  • 1 live “ChIMES Check-In” session


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

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