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Rehearsals Begin Next Weekend!
First Day of Rehearsals

Welcome back old and new SDYS students! The summer has come to an end, and it is time to begin rehearsing. First rehearsal dates and calendars are below. 

Inspiration & Debut Classes will begin rehearsing on Sunday, September 11.
Download the revised Debut Classes calendar  here.
Download the revised Inspiration Program calendar  here.

Showcase & Ovation Program will begin rehearsing on Saturday, September 10.
Download the revised Showcase Program calendar  here.
Download the revised Ovation Program calendar  here.
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 concellation, 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


Principles of Music : princmusic
Debut Strings : debuts45
Symphonic  Strings : symstring4
Overture Winds : overturew
Debut Strings : debutstrin
Overture Strings : overturest
Wind Symphony : windsy45
Sinfonia : sinfonia45
Concert Orchestra : conorch45
Wind Orchestra : windorch45
Saxophone Ensemble : saxensembl
Concert Winds : conwinds45
Symphony Orchestra : symorch45
Chamber Orchestra : chamber45
Chamber Music Opportunity
Chamber Music Program

San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory - Chamber Music Program
Want to learn a different style of ensemble playing in a small group setting?  Chamber music is an excellent opportunity to enhance your musical abilities, improve performance confidence, and develop interpersonal skills.

SDYS' Chamber Music program is open to all current SDYS students and their friends who have had at least one year of experience on an orchestra or band instrument and can sight read music well. Invite your friends!

Program will begin Monday, October 10. All rehearsals and coachings will take place in Balboa Park. 

* Option 1: Coachings will take place on Monday evenings from 6pm-9pm, 1          hour per session.
* Option 2: Coachings will take place on Thursday evenings from 6pm-9pm, 1       hour per session.

Concert Performance
All groups will be required to perform at the Chamber Music recital on Monday, January 30, or Thursday, February 3.

Tuition & Fees
* Current SDYS Showcase and Inspiration Program Students - $200 (10-Week Session)
* Non-SDYS students - $300
* Tuition can be paid by check to SDYS or cash at the SDYS office. Tuition is due at the time of application.

How to apply
Students should submit an online application and pay tuition by Monday, September 26.  Non-SDYS students will be required to send in a YouTube link of a 2 minute video of their solo.  Existing chamber music groups are welcome to apply. Please sign-up here if you're interested!
Family Night
Family Night

Come join SDYS for our first ever Family Night!  Enjoy an evening of food, workshops, faculty and student performances, and social time!

Workshop Topic: SDYS 101 - Additional                                   opportunities at SDYS
 Thursday, September 15
            6:30pm-7:00pm Potluck 
            7:00pm-7:20pm  Presentation/Workshop 
            7:20pm-7:40pm Faculty/Student                                                                                                        performances 
            7:40pm-8:00pm Mingle/social time 

Where: Casa del Prado, Room 207.
RSVP: Here
Carpool Sign-Up
Carpool Sign-up

Are you looking for someone to carpool with to rehearsals? 

Sign up here and your information will be added to the carpool roster. The roster will be emailed to all the registrants at the end of the day on  Friday, September 2, 2016. 

Please sign up by
NOON on September 2, 2016.

Amazon Smile
Amazon Smile :)

Smile and support San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory!
Do you shop online? Even a little? Use your cents wisely with Amazon Smile.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to SDYS whenever you shop on
AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

How to participate:

1. Use this link to be taken to the Amazon Smile page.
2. You'll be asked to select "San Diego Youth Symphony" as your chosen charity
3. Shop away from, and 0.5% of your purchase will be donated back to SDYS!

Thank you for helping us make music education accessible and affordable for all!
Inspiration and Showcase Programs
Inspiration and Showcase Concert DVDs
June 11, 2016

The June Inspiration and Showcase concerts were recorded and are now available for purchase. 

Click on here to download the order form Please submit the form to Walker Vision Interarts directly. If you have any questions regarding the DVD, please contact:

WalkerVision Interarts
P. O. Box 22533
San Diego, California 92192
Phone: (858) 458-9038; Fax: (858) 458-9104 
Inspiration and Showcase Concert Confirmation

The Inspiration and Showcase Concerts have been confirmed for the following:

Sunday, November 20
Sunday, March 12
Saturday, June 10

Specific timing will be emailed out closer to each concert date.

Showcase and Ovation Programs

SDYS Concerto Competitions


SDYS offers an annual  concerto  competition in both the Showcase and Ovation programs to further students' opportunities at the highest level.  Winners perform their solos accompanied by their respective orchestra or wind ensemble.  

A limited number of candidates from the preliminary round will be selected to advance to a public performance.  During this final round, students  compete for the opportunity to perform as a soloist with a full orchestra/wind ensemble at an SDYS concert during the 16-17 season.  Students also  compete to win a monetary award to be used to further their musical education.
Applications will be available early September at
Showcase  Competition
Preliminary Round:  Sunday, October 23, 2016
Location: University Christian Church, 3900 Cleveland Ave . Location subject to change.

Final Round:  Friday, November 4, 2016
Location: University Christian Church,  3900 Cleveland Ave .  Location subject to change.

Ovation  Competition
Preliminary Round: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Location:  University Christian Church,  3900 Cleveland Ave .  Location subject to change.

Final Round: Friday, October 28, 2016
Location: University Christian Church,  3900 Cleveland Ave .  Location subject to change.

Showcase Concerto Competition

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: 
Ovation Concerto Competition

Ovation Program students in good standing with SDYS are eligible to apply for the Ovation  Concerto  Competition.  Ovation or The Music Institute students may enter competition on either their primary instrument or piano, but not both.

One movement of a  concerto is to be selected. Non- concerto works are not permitted for use in the Ovation  Concerto  Competition.  Students must play the same movement from a concerto for the preliminary and for the final round.  If selected, the winner performs the entire concerto for the orchestra performance.

Repertoire is open for the Ovation  Concerto  Competition but must be approved by SDYS upon receipt of application due to copyright and rental availability of music from the publishers.

Visit for more information.

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, September 10
10:00AM-9:00PM - Moon Festival
Expected Attendees: 2,000
Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Saturday, September 10
Expected Attendees: 2,000
Golden Hill Park
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 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

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 !
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 September
Please click  here to see a list of arts events in Balboa Park in September.

Kyle Henning
Conservatory Program Coordinator
San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory | 619-233-3232 |

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