Read this week's update to find out more about  the Showcase Concerto Competition finalists, and more!
Kyle Henning will be present at rehearsals to answer questions this Saturday, October 29 from 2:30PM-5:30PM.  Stop by and say hi!
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.
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 on Friday, November 4: (listed in alpha order):

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

Honorable Mention:

Eunie Bae - Flute
Johnavon Kim - Viola

Location: University Christian Church, 3900 Cleavland Ave, San Diego, CA.
Ovation Program

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.
Ovation Concerto Competition Finalists

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 2016 Ovation Program Concerto Competition Preliminaries on October 16. It was a wonderful day of outstanding high level musical achievement demonstrated by each musician.  

The following students were selected as finalists to participate in the Ovation Concerto Competition Finals Friday,  October 28: (listed in alpha order):

Ilana Hirschfeld - Violin
Erica Hwang - Violin
Christine Kim - Flute
Michelle Liu - Flute
William Mrdjenovich - Double Bass 
David Zeng - Piano

Honorable Mention:

Madeline Bolin - Cello

Location: University Christian Church, 3900 Cleveland Ave, San Diego, CA

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.

Saturday, October 29
Halloween Family Day
Expected Attendees: 10,000
El Prado/Plaza de Panama.

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.
LJMS Discovery Series

Enjoy a night of music performed by clarinetist Raphaël Sévère, 2013 First Prize Winner of the Young Concert Artists International Audition. SDYS's own Christine Kim, principal flute of Symphony Orchestra, will perform in the Musical Prelude.  Below are the event details.

Date:  Sunday, October 30.
Time:  3:00PM.
Venue:  The Auditorium at TSRI. 10620 John J. Hopkins Dr San Diego, CA 92121
                                                             Tickets:    $30 | $5 (child).
                                                              More Info: 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

Next Friday, November 4, ArtPower will present the Brown-Urioste-Canellakis Trio. Come enjoy an evening of chamber works by Mendelssohn, Haydn, Suk, and Chausson.  All San Diego area students will receive 50% off with ID!

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                                                                              
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 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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