Thursday, March 7
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 .
Daylight Savings
Don't forget to Spring Forward this weekend. Daylight savings time begins Sunday, March 10 . Be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour!
March 10 Concert Call Times
Showcase and Inspiration Ensembles
The Showcase and Inspiration Music Educator's concerts are THIS 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
Online ticket sales are no longer available. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Rehearsal Photos Available
Photos were taken during our rehearsals last weekend, March 2 and 3 . Take a look!
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. 
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)
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 this Sunday.

Selfies accepted!
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 .
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 Ensembles Rehearsal Schedule for our next rehearsals together on March 9 in preparation for our upcoming Concerts in March and April.
2pm-3:15pm  - Wind Orchestra (1:45pm call time)

3:30pm-5:10pm  - Symphony Orchestra

5:20pm-6:30pm  - Chamber Orchestra

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

I look forward to seeing all of you at our next upcoming Ovation Rehearsals together on Saturday March 9!

With Best Wishes,

Mr. Edmons

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!
Ulli Reiner, Symphonic Strings Conductor
Share your exciting news about substantial musical achievements. We'll post them in the weekly update to inspire others!

Aaron Zhang (Concert Orchestra and Concert Winds - Percussion) is the winner of the 2019 International Young Musicians Competition "AADGT XXV". Aaron will be traveling to New York to make a professional piano video. Kudos, Aaron!

Ulli Reiner, our very own Symphonic Strings conductor, has been nominated for a 2020 Grammy Education Award! This makes five award nominations and a top Grammy Education Award in 2017. Kudos, Ms. Reiner!

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
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.