Read this week's update to find out more about  Beyond the Staff, free ticket offers, and more!
Kyle Henning will be present at rehearsals to answer questions this Sunday, October 16 from 12:40PM-5:40PM.  Stop by and say hi!
Beyond the Staff
(Family Night)
Beyond the Staff

Come join SDYS for our second Beyond the Staff (previously known as Family Fun Night). Enjoy an evening of food, workshops, performances, and                                                                                 social time!

Presenter: Mr. Anthony Kim

Topic: H ow to Practice & How to Select a Teacher

When:    Thursday, October 20 at 6:30pm

6:30pm-7:00pm Potluck
7:00pm-7:20pm Presentation/workshop
7:20pm-7:40pm Faculty performances 
7:40pm-8:00pm Mingle/social time

Where: Casa del Prado, Room 207, Balboa Park

This week's Beyond the Staff features 
Mr. Anthony Kim, conductor of Debut Strings, Overture Strings, and instructor of Principles 
of Music. Come and have fun with your family.

The topics are "How to Practice" and "How to select a Teacher," which will include tips on how to plan for practice sessions at home effectively.  How much time per day?  When to practice?  Selecting a teacher can  be a daunting process.  How do I know who's a good teacher?  How much do they charge?  Should we ask for a trial lesson?

Mr. Kim served as Music Director of the Michigan Pops Orchestra and holds both a Bachelor and Master of Music in Piano Performance from UC Santa Barbara, and a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from University of Michigan.

As a faculty performance, Dr. Yin will join Mr. Kim  on piano-four hands, performing Dolly Suite, Op. 56, by Gabriel Fauré.

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 .

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 with promo code  ME2016

For the 1:00 pm concert at:

And for the 6:00 pm concert at:  

For questions regarding concert ticketing, please contact Terry Williams at or 619-233-3232 x115.
San Diego Opera Ticket Offer
Free Tickets to San Diego Opera's Student Nights at the Opera

The San Diego Opera has 20 free tickets for students to attend a performance of Gioachino Rossini's Cinderella (La Cenerentola) on Thursday, October 20.  

Cinderella (La Cenerentola) by Gioachino Rossini
Sung in Italian with projected English super-titles
For more information on the opera, click here
Date: Thursday, October 20 at 6:30PM-9:35PM
Venue: Civic Theatre (1100 3rd Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101)

Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and are non-transferable. The respondents for the first 20 tickets will be notified via email. Once the limit is reached, including a waiting list, the link will stop working. Please note that we will be unable to offer any future free tickets to those who sign up but do not attend the actual performance.  

Thank you and we hope you can take part of this special opportunity!  
Ovation Program

Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the following scholarship recipients in the Ovation Program!

C arson Kemp Memorial Scholarship:
Christian Gonzales

Dr. Margaret Lake Memorial Scholarship:
Altana Schweitzer

Chelsea King French Horn Chair: 
Katherine Perrine


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
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.

Saturday, October 15
Alzheimers Walk
Expected Attendees: Over 1,000
Park Blvd & President's Way/President's Way/Pan American Rd/ Palisades Lot/Federal Lot/Cabrillo Bridge/Balboa Drive S/Martson Loop
Saturday, October 15
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Expected Attendees: 22,000
6th & Laurel South lawn/Cabrillo Bridge, Pan American Rd East, President's Way, Park Blvd, 163 North, robinson, 6th Ave (North & Southbound), Balboa Drive

Saturday, October 15
Diwali Festival of Lights
Expected Attendees: 2,400
Spreckles Organ Pavilion/Plaza de Panama/Organ Pavillion Lot (40 stalls)
Making Stride Against Breast Cancer
Expected Attendees: 22,000
6th & Laurel South Lawn/Cabrillo Bridge, Pan American Rd East, President's Way, Park Blvd, 163 North, Robinson, 6th Ave (North & Southbound), Balboa Drive. 
YoungArts Foundation Invites Applications for 2017 

T he National YoungArts Foundation is accepting applications for its 2017 Prize cycle. YoungArts provides emerging artists (ages 15-18 or grades 10-12) with opportunities to work with renowned mentors, access to significant 
scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities. Support is offered in ten artistic disciplines: cinematic arts, dance, design, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing. The application deadline is October 14. Learn more 
here !
San Diego Junior Theatre Auxiliary Costume Sale

San Diego Junior Theatre will be having a costume sale on Saturday, October 15 from 8:00AM-12:00PM in Casa del Prado. The costume sale is cash only. No early arrivals please, as Casa del Prado will not be open until 8.  Everything is priced to sell!

S tarted in 1959, the Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition celebrates the talent of outstanding young musicians.  Southern California High School students of all talent levels are encouraged to apply for free. 
Much more than a competition, Spotlight is a scholarship and training program, which encourages personal and artistic growth, while exploring new possibilities in the arts! Cash scholarships up to $5,000, master classes with world renowned artists, workshops, and more.

The deadline to apply is October 17.  For all competition info, please click here .
2017 International Young Artists Competition - Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion.

S tarted in 1959, the Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition celebrates the talent of outstanding young musicians. Held annually, this one-day 

 competition--originally a contest meant to give local students their first experience at  public  performance--has evolved into a gathering of international musicians  competing for substantial  cash awards. 

 The deadline to apply is October 31.  For all competition info, please click here .

The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America brings together America's finest young players ages 16-19 for an intensive summer of training, coaching, and an unforgettable concert tour of South America led by acclaimed conductor Marin Alsop.  The deadline to apply is Tuesday, November 1.   Apply here
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.
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 October
Please click  here to see a list of arts events in Balboa Park in October.

Kyle Henning
Conservatory Program Coordinator
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