Read this week's update to find out more about the November 20 Music Educator's Concerts, Showcase Concerto Competition finalists, Beyond the Staff, College Fair, and more!
Kyle Henning will be present at rehearsals to answer questions this Sunday, November 7 from 2:40PM-5:40PM.  Stop by and say hi!
Music Educator's Concert
Music Educator's Concert Overview

Our season's first concert will be on Sunday, November 20 at the California Center for the Arts (340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025).

There will be regular rehearsals on Saturday, November 19,
but no rehearsals on Sunday, November 20. We encourage students in Debut Classes to attend the concert.

Participation at the concert is required by all performers.  There will be dress rehearsals prior to the concert, and as a reminder, any musician who misses the dress rehearsal will forfeit participation in the concert.  Please remember that it is an SDYS policy for all musicians to stay for the entire concert, being respectful of your conductors and fellow musicians.

Concert Times:
1:00PM Concert Featuring:
Overture Winds, Symphonic Strings, Wind Symphony, and Sinfonia

6:00 pm Concert Featuring:
Overture Strings, Concert Winds, Concert Orchestra, and Ovation ensembles

Musician Call & Release Times:

(Rehearsal and concert release locations will be detailed in next week's Weekly Update.)

Rehearsal Call: 8:30am
Rehearsal Release: 9:45am
Concert Call: 11:45pm
Wind Symphony 
Rehearsal Call: 9:00am
Rehearsal Release: 10:15am
Concert Call:12:00pm

Symphonic Strings
Rehearsal Call: 9:30am
Rehearsal Release: 10:45am
Concert Call: 12:15pm

Overture Winds
Rehearsal Call: 10:00am
Rehearsal Release:11:15am
Concert Call: 12:30pm

Wind Orchestra
Rehearsal Call: 2:00pm
Rehearsal Release: 3:10pm
Concert Call: 5:30pm 

Symphony Orchestra 
Rehearsal Call: 2:30pm
Rehearsal Release: 3:40pm
Concert Call: 5:30pm

Concert Orchestra
Rehearsal Call: 3:00pm
Rehearsal Release: 4:10pm
Concert Call: 5:15pm

Concert Winds
Rehearsal Call: 3:30pm
Rehearsal Release: 4:40pm
Concert Call: 5:30pm

Overture Strings*
Rehearsal Call: 4:00pm
Released after the conclusion of the concert. 

* Musicians from Overture Strings, please note that once you check in, you will stay backstage and will not be released until after the concert. We recommend you bring dinner to eat between the dress rehearsal and the concert.
SDYS Concert Tickets
SDYS Concert Tickets Now Available!

New this Season:
  • All 2016-17 season concerts are on sale now through our website at: or by clicking:

  • Season Pass 2016-17 - SDYS offers patrons the opportunity to make one purchase and attend all concerts in the 2016-17 season. Events not produced by SDYS are excluded. Click on the link above to purchase.
  • Special Offer: Purchase 2 (or more) adult tickets, and receive 2 (or more) free tickets, no limit! (For example, if you purchase 3 adult tickets, you may receive up to 3 free tickets, etc.) Free tickets must be requested at the time of ticket purchase. To reserve your free tickets on line, please use the promo code  SDYSFAMILY .
  • Due to an overwhelming response, we cannot guarantee the availability of free tickets after Thursday, November 3rd.  Order soon to take advantage of the free ticket offer!
Celebration of Music Education Concert on Sunday, November 20:

Reserved Seats - California Center for the Arts, Escondido, now requires all seats to be reserved seats (not general admission). When purchasing your tickets on-line, you can choose your seats from the seat map. Tickets/seats cannot be changed once purchased.

Music educators may request up to 2 complimentary tickets , so please invite your favorite music educators to attend! Music educators can request their free tickets and choose their seats on-line at with promo code ME2016.

1:00PM Concert Featuring:
Overture Winds, Symphonic Strings, Wind Symphony, and Sinfonia

6:00 pm Concert Featuring: 
Overture Strings, Concert Winds, Concert Orchestra, and Ovation ensembles:  

For questions regarding concert ticketing, please contact Terry Williams at or 619-233-3232 x115.
Profiles in Music Education Award

This year we are proud to present the 2016 Profiles in Music Education Award to Julie Szweda at the 1:00PM Concert, and Gilbert Castellanos at the 6:00PM concert.
Concert Attire

Concert attire is required for the concert. All students should arrive to the dress rehearsal in concert attire. Please click HERE to review the SDYS concert attire requirements for each ensemble. Ladies, make sure your dress is long enough and that you have on black stockings/tights! We do have bow ties and tights in stock for $5 each, available at rehearsals.

Ovation, Showcase, and Inspiration Ensemble Photos

Ensemble photographs will be taken right after dress rehearsals on stage on November 20 in California Center for the Arts.    All performing musicians must come to the November 20 dress rehearsals in appropriate concert attire.   Students who do not follow the dress code will not be photographed. 
Concert Parking

There is a big parking lot to the north of the concert hall where you can park for free. From the parking lot, walk across the small bridge to the SDYS check-in area.  This is also where you'll pick up your musician after the dress rehearsals. All musicians can be picked up after the concert at the patio in front of the concert hall.
Beyond the Staff
Beyond the Staff

Come join SDYS for our third meeting of Beyond the Staff. Enjoy an evening of food, workshops, student performances, and social time! 

Workshop Topic:
How to make the most out of SDYS' College Fair

Leading Faculty:  
Mr. Jeff Edmons, Mr. Kyle Henning, Ms. Amber Weber, an SDYS alum,  and more!

When:  Thursday, November 17
6:30pm-7:00pm Potluck
7:00pm-7:30pm Presentation/workshop
7:30pm-7:40pm Student performances
7:40pm-8:00pm Mingle/social time

Casa del Prado, Room 207, Balboa Park

Erica Hwang, Violin
Andrew Zhao, Piano
Violin Sonata No. 5 "Spring" in F major, Op. 24 by Beethoven
I.  Allegro

This week's Beyond the Staff will feature a panel discussion about applying to and auditioning for colleges.   It will also include practical information about getting the most out of SDYS' College Fair, which will be the following Saturday, November 19.  SDYS Music Director Jeff Edmons, SDYS Conservatory Program Coordinator Kyle Henning, an SDYS alum, and Mr. Hamilton from Hamilton Consulting, will be on the panel moderated by Deputy Director Amber Weber. 

Performing Arts College Fair
College Fair

On Saturday, November 19 SDYS will be hosting our annual college fair right here in Casa del Prado!  This fair brings performing arts colleges and schools from across the country to talk with students about their opportunities to further their arts education. Come visit with representatives from the following colleges:

  • San Diego State University 
  • University of Redlands
  • University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music
  • USC Thornton School of Music
  • University of Denver Lamont School of Music
  • Cal State University San Marcos - School of Arts
  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • University of the Arts
  • UC San Diego Music Department
  • University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre & Dance
  • UCLA School of Theatre, Film & TV
  • UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
Daylights Savings Time
Fall Back!

This Sunday, November 6 is Daylights Savings Time.  Remember to set your alarm clock back 1 hour before bed!
Showcase Program

Showcase Concerto Competition Finalists

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 2016 Showcase Program Concerto Competition Preliminaries on Sunday, October 23. The judges were all very impressed by your high performance level. Everyone performed admirably, and you all should be very proud. 

The following students were selected as finalists to move on to compete in the Showcase Concerto Competition Finals this Friday, November 4: (listed in alphabetical order):

Bruno Bello - Cello
Sara Maxman - Violin
Kevin Park - Flute
Eliana Petreikis - Violin
Athena Tsai - Flute

Honorable Mention:

Eunie Bae - Flute
Johnavon Kim - Viola

Time:  7pm
Location: University Christian Church, 3900 Cleavland Ave, San Diego, CA.

Ovation Program

Ovation Concerto Competition Results
Ovation Concerto Competition Results

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 2016 Ovation Program Concerto Competition Finals on October 28. It was a wonderful evening with outstanding performances that demonstrated a high level of musicianship and maturity.  Below are the results of the competition.

1st: Erica Hwang & Christine Kim
2nd: David Zheng
3rd: Michelle Liu
Finalist: William Mrdjenovich, Ilana Hirschfeld

Congratulations to Erica Hwang and Christine Kim, who have been chosen to perform their concerto.  Erica will be performing the Violin Concerto, Op. 14 by Samuel Barber, and Christine will be performing Concerto for Flute and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 283 by Carl Reinecke. Both performances will take place later in the season, so stay tuned!

Adjusted Rehearsal Schedule

In preparation for the November 20 Music Educators Concert, the Ovation Program rehearsal schedule has been adjusted.

10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19
Wind Orchestra: 1:45PM - 3:15PM
Symphony Orchestra: 3:15PM-5:10PM
Chamber Orchestra (Full Orchestra): 5:20PM-6:10PM
Chamber Orchestra (Strings Only)6:10PM-7:30PM

Please also remember that Chamber Orchestra will rehearse in room 207 in Casa del Prado on Monday, November 28, and Thursday, December 1 from 6:00PM-9:30PM.

Share Your Good News!

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, Kyle Henning at

Kudos to Ms. Ulli Reiner, who is a Semifinalist in for a 2017 Grammy Education Award!
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.
Traffic Alert

Every week SDYS will post Balboa Park events that exceed 1,000 people so you can plan your travel accordingly.

Sunday, November 6
Race for the Cure
Expected Attendees: 12,000
6th Ave & Laurel North Lawn/Balboa Drive/Cabrillo Bridge/Pan American Rd/President's Way/park Blvd/163 N.
Saturday, November 12
JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes
Expected Attendees: 3,500
6th Ave & Laurel North Lawn/Balboa Drive/6th Ave.
Saturday, November 13
Save a Life Walk
Expected Attendees: 1,500
6th Ave & Laurel South Lawn/Balboa Drive South and Juniper.
SDSU Oboe Masterclass

On Sunday, November 13 from 11:00AM-12:00PM Sarah Skuster will be presenting an oboe masterclass in room M113 at San Diego State University's School of Music and Dance. This masterclass is free and open to the pulic, and will cover the All State and All Southern Honor Band and Orchestra audition material. Students interested in performing for                                                                               Ms. Skuster should email her at                                                                              

"The President's Own" United States Marine Band, in conjunction with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, is pleased to announce its annual concerto competition for high school musicians.  The winner will appear as a guest soloist with the U.S. Marine Band and receive a $2,500 cash prize from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. The runner up will receive a $500 cash prize. 

The final round of the competition will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barracks Annex in southeast Washington, D.C. The final round is presented as a recital and is open to the public. The winner will perform in concert with the Marine Band at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 9, 2017 in the Washington, D.C. area.

The deadline to apply is November 15, 2016. For all competition info, please click

Common Scholarship Application

The San Diego Foundation's 2017-2018 Common Scholarship Application will open Thursday, December 1. 

Each year the San Diego Foundation's Community Scholarship Program awards over $2 million to more than 800 local students to help them achieve their educational goals.  Please visit the San Diego Foundation's website here to learn about more than 100 different scholarship opportunities.
My Voice in the Arts

San Diego Opera's new MY VOICE IN THE ARTS program asks students to share their stories, interests, and perspectives by submitting written descriptions of their own personal artistic experiences. Student submissions will be read by San Diego Opera staff and reviewed by a committee consisting of local arts and civic leaders. Last year, SD Opera awarded over 50 students grades 6-12 (and their chaperones) season tickets to the opera. 

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 !

Exhibits & Performances 
in Balboa Park for November
Please click  here to see a list of arts events in Balboa Park in November.

Kyle Henning
Conservatory Program Coordinator

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