Thursday, May 28
In This Issue...
  • A Message from Mr. Edmons
  • Weekend Zoom Sessions
  • Graduating Seniors
  • SDYS Youth Leadership Student Council
  • This Week in Music History
  • Student Interview with Theresa Neff, Showcase Oboist
  • How Much Should You Practice?
  • General Information, Other Events, and Opportunities
A Message from Mr. Edmons

Dear SDYS Musicians and Families,

I hope that you are doing well and that you all had a wonderful holiday weekend and that beautiful music and fond memories filled your homes. We are very excited to return to our weekly Zoom sessions for the Ovation program with Alumni guest Pablo Urbina and for SDYS Showcase and Inspiration ensembles this weekend. Your conductors are looking forward to seeing you soon for your Zoom meetings together! And please remember to save the date on June 13th for our Special SDYS End of Year online celebration for all SDYS Musicians and Families at 2pm. We look forward to having you all there with us to celebrate SDYS musicians and families together!

With Very Best Wishes,

Mr. Edmons
Music Director
Weekend Zoom Sessions

All families will receive emails from their conductor about their upcoming weekend Zoom session.

Every Friday by 12:00pm, we will update the  Conductor Sessions webpage with Zoom links and passwords. For your safety, the webpage is  password protected. You can access the password on  My SDYS Portal. If you have trouble logging in, please contact with a detailed description of the issue.
Graduating Seniors

If you are graduating from high school and SDYS this year, we would love to acknowledge your accomplishments and your future plans in our June 13 season's end virtual celebration.

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

Please submit the following items on this form:

  • Your name 
  • Head shot with your college t-shirt!
  • Name of college or university you will be attending
  • Your major

Thank you, and congratulations! 
*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 featuring Ms. Swift

In the video below, Ms. Swift talks about the evolution of the French horn and its relationship to the Industrial Revolution. Check it out!
  • On May 24, Edward Elgar's Symphony No. 2 in Eb Major premiered in London, England in 1911. Also on this day, Béla Bartók's Bluebeard Castle premiered in 1918 in Budapest, Hungary.
  • The ballet, Coppélia--music by Léo Delibes and choreography by Arthur Saint-Léon--premiered on May 25, 1870 in Paris, France
  • Symphony No. 6 by Gustav Mahler premiered on May 27, 1906.
  • Another ballet, The Rite of Spring, premiered on May 29, 1913 in Paris, France. The music was written by Igor Stravinsky and the choreography was by Vaslav Nijinsky.
Student Interview with Theresa Neff, Showcase Oboist

What was your first musical experience? 
When I was about 4 years old, I remember enjoying music and singing along with it.

What was your first instrument?
I first started out with the piano, which I have been playing since I was 6 years old.

What inspired you to choose the oboe?
In the fifth grade, I tried out several instruments so that I could join the band at the Boys and Girls Club. Thankfully I was able to make a sound from the oboe reed easily. I was excited to play a new instrument with my friends.

What is your favorite thing about the oboe? 
Its sweet, clear sound and the fact that it is unique.

What are some of the difficulties of the oboe? 
Fingerings can get pretty tricky, and it is difficult to get new reeds to produce the perfect tone.

What has been your favorite piece to play on the oboe?
The Ruins of Athens, Dance of the Gypsy 

Is there anything else you would like to add?
I have been playing the oboe for about three years with SDYS. Everyone has been so kind. The conductors care a lot. I am happy to be a part of such an amazing organization. 

Thank you for the fantastic interview, Theresa!
How Much Should You Practice?

Quality over quantity. But do you know how to have a quality practice session? Check out this article for insight on effective practicing.
Register Now for ChIMES@Home Summer 2020 Session
Dates: Monday June 8 – Friday July 31
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.
Free Online Workshop
June 5-7, 2020

In this 3-day workshop, Dr. Lynn will go through specific strategies that top performers use to maximize time spent in the practice room. You will learn how to save your time, energy, and your muscles, all while speeding up your results and ensuring greater success in your next performance, competition, or audition.

Less time wasted in the practice room means more time for fun!

Click here for more information.
June 22-July 3, 2020

Join students at StringPlay Online, a summer camp based in Phoenix, Arizona, for a week-long exploration of musical creativity! Founded in 2013, StringPlay provides a fun, creative, and educational environment where students learn new musical skills and approach music in new ways.

​StringPlay is open to violinists, violists, cellists, and bassists who completed grades 7-12 in the 2019-2020 school year.

Click here for more information.
Dale Carnegie Leadership Program

For over a century, Dale Carnegie has been improving individual and business performance around the world. While our training techniques continue to evolve, our core principles remain true to a single vision: real transformation begins within. Our multistep process is designed to get to the heart of what your organization needs. Centered on workforce training that provides measurable results, we help in guiding our clients to outpace their competition time and time again.

The leadership program will help students with:

  • Better prepared when applying for college and interviewing for jobs.
  • Teens leave with increased focus on their goals.
  • Able to confront problems and challenges in a more positive way. 
  • Teens feel they're more effective and persuasive communicators.
  • 2 college credits upon completion.
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.
Learn more at