Thursday, March 28
Office is Closed Monday, April 1 in observance of Cesar Chavez Day. We will resume regular office hours on Tuesday, April 2.
All rehearsals as normal for Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31.
2019-2020 Registration Opens for Returning Students
April 2 - May 20

Online registration for the 2019-2020 season will open Tuesday, April 2 at 12 Noon and closes May 20! Current students will be able to enroll through the Parent Portal. Click here for more information.

Auditions will take place Wednesday, May 29 - Saturday, June 15.
Symphony Orchestra 2018-19
SDYS will notify families when registration has opened.
Catching up with conductor Anthony Do-Hoon Kim – San Diego Union-Tribune Feature Article

SDYS' conductor Anthony Do-Hoon Kim has been featured on San Diego Union Tribune's Spring Arts 2019 section.

Anthony compares his hobby and his work stating, “You have to anticipate how a wave is going to form in front of you. You have to read the future and be in the present. Surfers are hyper-aware when they’re on the water. When you’re conducting, you’re highly engaged and in the moment. They are very similar.”
Musical ArtStops
San Diego Museum of Art

Would you like an opportunity to perform at the  San Degio Museum of Art , learn about the connections between art and music, and engage with museum goers?

In collaboration with the San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA), students in
Sinfonia, Wind Symphony, or Ovation are eligible to apply for Musical ArtStops.
Students will have the opportunity to present a 10-minute performance centering around works of art at SDMA. SDYS and SDMA staff members will provide training for students. 

Training will include an overview of the music as it relates to the artwork as well as etiquette while engaging a group of museum visitors.

Saturday, April 13, 2019   - Deadline for Application 

Sunday, May 12, 2019   - Performance at SDMA - All students called at 12:30pm
Apply by Saturday, April 13
Debut and Beginning Concert
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: 6:00pm

Debut Winds, Debut Strings, and Beginning Strings will be having a concert on April 14 at the Veterans Museum in Balboa Park!

Veterans Museum
2115 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Graduating Seniors

If you are graduating from high school and SDYS this year, we would love to acknowledge your accomplishments and your future plans on our year end concert program.

We're proud of your accomplishments and excited to hear about the next phase of your life!

To be included on our year end program, please send the following items to Communications Coordinator Anji Taylor .
  • Your name 
  • Head shot
  • Name of college or university you will be attending
  • Your major

Thank you, and congratulations!  
Welcome, Minerva!
Accounting Assistant  
Minerva has an international degree in accounting and has worked as an accountant at the Sweetwater Union High School District for over 10 years, and in accounting with the San Diego Unified School District before then. She also speaks Spanish. Feel free to say hi to Minerva when you see her!
Guest Conducting Visits and
Showcase Seminar with Music Director, Mr. Edmons
Saturday, March 30
Join Music Director Mr. Edmons for guest conducting and an informal information session during rehearsals on Saturday, March 30. Learn about SDYS' resources and ideas for how to plan your journey through Conservatory programs.
Schedule for Saturday, March 30
Rehearsal as normal on 3/30

10:00am-10:30am - Mr. Edmons guest conducting Wind Symphony

12:10pm-12:40pm - Mr. Edmons guest conducting Sinfonia

12:40pm-1:00pm - Seminar for all Showcase Families Room 207 "The Journey through the SDYS Programs and Opportunities for students and Families at SDYS"

1:15pm-1:45pm - Mr. Edmons guest conducting Concert Orchestra

5:00pm-5:15pm - Mr. Edmons guest conducting Concert Winds
A Message from the Music Director
Ovation Rehearsal 3/30

Dear Ovation Musicians and Families,

I hope that you are all doing well.

Congratulations to our Chamber Strings Orchestra and Wind Orchestra on your outstanding Concert on 3/24! You all gave truly outstanding performances and I am very proud of you! Thank you all for your outstanding preparation and your dedication together.

As a courtesy reminder we are returning to our original Ovation ensembles rehearsal schedule this week for our rehearsals on 3/30. Here is our rehearsal schedule for 3/30.  

Wind Orchestra - 2:00pm-3:15pm

Symphony Orchestra - 3:30-6:10pm

Chamber Orchestra - 6:10-7:30pm

I look forward to seeing you all at our next upcoming Ovation rehearsals together on 3/30.

With Best Wishes,

Mr. Edmons
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: April 19, April 26, and May 10

  • SATURDAYS: April 6 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.
Presented by La Jolla Music Society
Live taping Saturday, April 13, 2019 · 6:00 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall @ The Conrad
7600 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

SDYS Discount: Get tickets to the live taping of NPR’s  From the Top  featuring SDYS' Chamber Orchestra
SDYS’ Chamber Orchestra and two of our Ovation students will be featured in a live taping of National Public Radio’s  From the Top , one of NPR’s most popular weekly music programs! From the Top  shares the stories and performances of pre-college classical musicians with more than half a million listeners each week. Vijay Gupta, violinist, social justice advocate, and 2018 MacArthur Fellow, hosts the program and will be joined by special guests, including the San Diego Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra, pianist George Li, local students Audrey Park, Kevin Song, and others.

This is also your chance to experience the new Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center in its grand opening month. Tickets start at $28 before the discount – get yours before they sell out! 
20% Discount with promo code: SDYS
Tickets from $28 - $68
Please note: Discounts not to be applied to previously purchased tickets. This exclusive online offer is subject to availability.

Bertrand's Music is having a Deal on Lessons!

From now until 3/31, new students are able to get two lessons for free with the purchase of two lessons with participating teachers.
Stringwood Chamber Music Festival is still accepting applications!
June 9 - 30, 2019
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Stringwood is a premier summer music festival that specializes in connecting young musicians to chamber music as an art form, and developing expression through collaborative performances. Stringwood is enhanced by its location at the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, home to year round naturalists, organic gardens and eighty acres of pristine woodlands. Young musicians who aspire to making a significant contribution to their art through in-depth study and meaningful performances experience music and nature side by side.
Masterclasses Berlin 2019
July 14 - 21, 2019
Berlin, Germany

This summer program is for violin, viola, and cello players ages 12 and older to take lessons, receive professional coaching, and participate in a final concert.

For more information, click here . Please note that the website is in German. For questions, please email

Registration Deadline: June 1, 2019
Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp
August 4-11, 2019
Golden Bell Camp, Divide, Colorado

Set in the beautiful Colorado Rockies outside of Denver at Golden Bell Camp, Colorado, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp is staffed with world class musicians who are
highly regarded for their superb playing as
well as excellent teaching.

In addition to classes during the day, there are evening contra & square dances, jam sessions, concerts, camper talent night, campfire, and opportunities to hike and swim.
ArtsBridge Summer Programs
Waltham, Massachusetts
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.
Registration deadline: rolling
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.

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.