Thursday, March 14
Registration for the 2019-2020 season opens on Tuesday, April 2!
More information to come.
Traffic Alert for Saturday, March 16
St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival  March 16, 2019 
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
-Events and closures on 6th Avenue & Laurel Lawn North to Quince, 5th Avenue, 6th Avenue and Balboa Drive 
A Message from the Music Director

Dear Showcase and Inspiration Students and Families,

Congratulations to all of you on your outstanding concert performances on Sunday, March 10. You all did a wonderful job in your concerts and I am very proud of you!  Our annual Ovation, Showcase and Inspiration ensembles Celebration of Music Education Concerts are an important and very special way for all of us at SDYS to collectively celebrate your achievements with our Music Education Teachers and Partners and with our Community. Your performances together made the concerts all very special!  A special congratulations as well to all of our Showcase and Inspiration conductors for their great work and dedication together with you. And thank you to all of our SDYS staff for their dedication and support as well to make all of the concerts go so smoothly. I hope that all of you have a wonderful week and we look forward to many more weeks of music together with you and to our spring concerts in the next coming months.

Congratulations to all of you again!

With Best Wishes,

Mr. Edmons
Music Educator's Concert Photos
Inspiration & Showcase
Sunday, March 10
Rehearsal Photos
Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3
Music Educator's Concert Photos
Sunday, February 10
If you have any technical difficulties or have any questions regarding the photography, please contact the photographer Ken Jacques directly at .
Student Night at the Opera
Free Ticket Offer
San Diego Opera has generously offered our students 20 free tickets to attend a performance at their Student Nights at the Opera on Thursday, March 28 at 6:30PM 

by Georges Bizet

Sung in French with projected English super-titles. For more information on the opera,

Date: Thursday, March 28 at 6:30PM 
Venue: Civic Theatre (1100 3rd Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101)
A Message from the Music Director to All Ovation Students and Families
Dear Ovation Musicians and Families,

As a courtesy reminder here for all of you is our Ovation ensemble rehearsal schedule for our next rehearsals together on Saturday, March 16 in preparation for our upcoming concerts in March and April.
2pm-3:15pm  - Wind Orchestra (1:45pm call time)

3:30pm-5:00pm  - Symphony Orchestra

5:20pm-6:00pm  - Chamber Orchestra

6:10pm-7:30pm  - Chamber Strings Orchestra

Thank you all again for your continued dedication and for all of your outstanding achievements in the Ovation Program.

I look forward to seeing all of you at our next upcoming Ovation rehearsals together on Saturday, March 16!

With Best Wishes,

Mr. Edmons
SDYS Community Opus Spring Concert
Monday, March 18, 2019 - 6:30pm
Bonita Valley Community Church
Join us in Bonita Valley Community Church's great performance space for performances by the Opus Aventura, Alegría, and Festejo ensembles. Enjoy an evening filled with community and music. This event is free and open to the public. 
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: March 29, April 5, April 12, April 19, April 26 and May 10

  • SATURDAYS: March 30, April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27 and May 11

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 .
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.
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.
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

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
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.

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.