Read this week's update to find out more about  Beyond the Staff, free ticket offers, new Parent Portal, concerto competition, and more!

Kyle Henning will be present at rehearsals to answer questions this Saturday, October 8 from 8:30AM-10:00AM.  Stop by and say hi!
Beyond the Staff
(Family Night)
Beyond the Staff

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

Presenter: Mr. Anthony Kim

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 and Mr. Kim will also be performing on piano-four hands, Dolly Suite, Op. 56, by Gabriel Fauré.

SDYS Concerto Competitions
SDYS Concerto Competitions
Showcase Concerto Competition 

Application and Fee Deadline: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 5pm
Preliminary Round:  Sunday, October 23, 2016
Location: University Christian Church, 3900 Cleveland Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Final Round:  Friday, November 4, 2016
Location: University Christian Church,  3900 Cleveland Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Showcase Program students in Wind Symphony and Sinfonia in good standing with SDYS are eligible to apply for the Showcase  Concerto  Competition.  Showcase students may enter competition on their SDYS primary instrument.

Please see the eligible repertoire lists for the Showcase  Concerto  Competition here: 
Showcase Concerto Competition Sign-Up

Visit for more information.
New Parent Portal
Welcome to the new Parent Portal!

By now, every parent should have received a welcome email to access our new Parent Portal on our brand new Student Management System (SMS). After following the confirmation steps, parents are able to login, and see pertinent information about their musician.  On the portal you have access to the Musicians' Handbooks and season calendars, reporting lost music, and from here you can report all of your musician's absences. If you have not received a welcome email, please email Conservatory Program Coordinator Kyle Henning at

Reporting an Absence
The SMS will keep track of the number of absences reported, and the number of absences accrued.  Every time an absence is reported, the SMS will email the family a confirmation.  This confirmation will let you know how many absences you have reported this concert period, how many absences you have accrued this concert period, and how many allowable absence the student has this concert period.   Reported absences do not count towards accrued absences.  

After a student is physically absent from rehearsal, the SMS will email out an absence email detailing the number of absences accrued, and the total number of allowable absences.   
Remind Text Message Service
Sign Up for Text Notifications from SDYS
SDYS students and families now have the option to receive important ensemble-specific updates via text to their phone. Notifications will only be sent for important updates or changes, e.g., rehearsal cancellation, concert times, etc.  To opt in, text "@" followed by your ensemble code to 81010.

For example, if you are an Overture Strings student, and you would like to receive text notifications from SDYS, you would send the message "@overturest" to 81010.

If you experience any problems opting in, please contact Kyle Henning at


Debut Classes
Principles of Music : princmusic
Debut Strings : debuts45
Debut Winds
Inspiration Program
Overture Winds: 
Overture Strings overturest
Symphonic  Strings : symstring4

Showcase Program
Concert Orchestra: 
Concert Winds conwinds45
Wind Symphony : windsy45
Sinfonia : sinfonia45

Ovation Program
Wind Orchestra : windorch45
Symphony Orchestra : symorch45
Chamber Orchestra : chamber45
Saxophone Ensemble
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!  
San Diego Symphony Ticket Offer
Free San Diego Symphony Orchestra Tickets

Join the San Diego Symphony Orchestra as they kick off their 2016-17 season with five-time Grammy-nominee Michael Feinstein and Grammy-winner Patti Austin on Saturday, October 8.  For more details, and to reserve your complimentary tickets, please sign up below.

Ovation Program

Ovation Orientation

Mr. Edmons will be holding an orientation for Ovation Musicians on Saturday, October 8 from 5:15PM-5:45PM. Both parents and students are invited. 
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
Diwali Festival of Lights
Expected Attendees: 2,400
Spreckles Organ Pavilion/Plaza de Panama/Organ Pavillion Lot (40 stalls)
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
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. Held annually, this one-day 
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
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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