Read this week's update to find out more about Mentor Program, New Parent Portal, Concerto Competition, and more!

Kyle Henning will be present at rehearsals to answer questions this Sunday, September 25 from 1:00PM-4:00PM.  Stop by and say hi!
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 & 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.   
Student ID Cards
Student IDs

At the first weekend of rehearsals we handed out student ID cards. Please email Conservatory Program Assistant Cecilia Vega at if you did not receive your card.
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
Chamber Music Opportunity
Chamber Music Program 
San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory - Chamber Music Program
The deadline to register for chamber music is this Monday, September 26. register now to participate in a great learning opportunity!
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!
SDYS Mentor Program
Mentor Program
Are you looking for a way to share your musical abilities, teaching skills, and meet fellow SDYS or Casa de Amistad students? Students in the Ovation Program, Sinfonia, and Wind Symphony can now apply to mentor in one of our many orchestras and community programs!

By enrolling, you can make new friends and get to know fellow musicians from SDYS by teaching together as a team of people.  By becoming a mentor, you will be able to work with other Conservatory Program ensembles on the weekend or Casa de Amistad in Solana Beach after school on weekdays to assist young students.
After a successful training session with SDYS Conservatory Program Coordinator Kyle Henning on Saturday, October 8 at 1 pm at 1650 Casa Del Prado Room 207A, the mentor group will begin on the first mentor date they signed up for. 

In order to fulfill the leadership requirement and to receive year-end recognition in our concert programs, students will be required to mentor a minimum of 4 sessions (2 hours each session) throughout the season. Students who mentor 7 sessions or more will receive an SDYS certificate at the end of the season. After the deadline passes, you will receive an email confirming your mentor schedule with your Mentor Record Form attached. You will need to fill out all the mentor sessions that you signed up for on that form, and bring it to every session you agreed to mentor so the conductor can sign for your hours. All mentor record forms will be due on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Students who do not submit their form by the deadline will not appear in the final concert program.

Mentors will be able to:


  • Help teach and tune instruments 
  • Model within an ensemble
  • Assist in leading sections on teaching bowings, fingerings, and instrument technique
  • Learn about becoming a music educator
  • Fulfill high school volunteer hours

  • Be recognized as a student mentor at year-end concert programs and receive an SDYS Certificate of Recognition upon completion
  • Gain teaching experience as a mentor group    
  • Receive free concert tickets

How to Apply:
Registration Deadline: Monday, October 3 at 5:00PM
SDYS Concerto Competitions
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 are available early September at

Showcase Competition
Application and Fee Deadline: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 5pm
Preliminary Round:  Sunday, October 23, 2016
Location: University Christian Church, 3900 Cleveland Ave.

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

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: 
Showcase Concerto Competition Sign-Up

Ovation Concerto Competition

Ovation  Competition
Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 5pm 
Preliminary Round: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Location:  University Christian Church,  3900 Cleveland Ave.

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

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.

Ovation Concerto Competition Sign-Up

Visit for more information.
Amazon Smile
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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 & Ovation Programs
Showcase Leadership Announcement

We are pleased to announce this year's leadership students in the Showcase Program!  Congratulations to everyone on their accomplishment.

Principal Musicians:

Adrian Chang, Principal Double Bass
Nicholas Chin, Principal Violin
Sara Maxman, Principal Violin
Megan Peng, Principal Viola

Assistant Principal Musicians:

Kate Ng, Assistant Principal
Eliana Petreikis, Assistant Prinicipal
Cherie Um, Assistant Principal
Maxwell Yao, Assistant Principal

Ovation Leadership Announcement

We are pleased to announce this year's leadership students in the Ovation Program!  Congratulations to everyone on their accomplishment.

Principal Musicians:

Minjoon Choi, Principal Trumpet
Christian Gonzales, Principal Violin
Ilana Hirschfeld, The Maurice Kawashima Associate Concertmistress Chair 
Ivy Huang Principal, Clarinet
Yeawon Hwang, The Jeffrey Dan Sollender Co-Concertmistress Chair
MaxJiang, The Inge Manes Principal Bassoon Chair 
Christine Kim, Principal Flute
Christine Kwon, Principal Oboe
Paul Maxwell, Principal Cello
David Meinen, Principal Percussion
William Mrdjenovich, Principal Double Bass
Daniel Rim, The Jeffrey Dan Sollender Co-Concertmaster Chair
Nathan Rim, Principal Viola

Assistant Principal Musicians:

Chae Yoon Baek, Assistant Principal Clarinet
Caroline Barker, Assistant Principal Cello
Madelynn Bolin, Assistant Principal Cello
Lauryn Chan, Assistant Principal Oboe
Craig Chen, Assistant Principal Violin
Russell Chiang, Assistant Prinipcal Cello
Natalie Chin, Assistant Principal Violin
Elizabeth Guanuna, Assistant Principal Violin
Henry Helmuth, Assistant Principal Cello
Robin Kong, Assistant Principal Flute
Jonathan Kuo, Assistant Principal Violin
Song Lee, Assistant Principal Violin
Frank Lee, Assistant Principal Violin
Sofia Llacer Chamberlain, Assistant Principal Violin
Abigail Mcrea, Assistant Principal Viola
Ryan Park, Assistant Principal Violin
Emily Pilkington, Assistant Principal Viola
Judy Qin, Assistant Principal Violin
Lucy Ren, Assistant Principal Oboe
Altana Schweitzer, Assistant Principal Violin
Daniel Sun, Assistant Principal Cello
Christopher Yang, Assistant Principal Viola
Stephen Yang, Assistant Principal Cello


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 24
Aids Walk
Expected Attendees: 6,000
Park blvd/Village Place/Cabrillo Bridge/6th Ave
Saturday, September 24
Tour de Fat
Expected Attendees: 7,000
Golden Hill Park
From the Top Scholarship

For more than 15 years, From the Top has celebrated an promoted outstanding young musicians through their NPR radio show and arts leadership programs.  In 2005, a partnership with the Jack Ken Cooke Foundation was born, one that would help From the Top identify deserving young musicians with financial need, and offer them a scholarship that would change their lives.
Students can apply for on of the three deadlines this year: October 3, January 9, and March 1.   To learn more about applying please click here.

Students who may not meet the financial criteria for the scholarship but are still interested in auditioning for an appearance on NPR's From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley may apply at anytime throughout the year by clicking here.
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 !
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

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
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