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UCTV and SDYS Premiere New Video on Value of Music Education

UCTV STE[+a]M Channel | April 17, 2017

San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) recently announced that its newest video making the case for the importance of music education in our schools will debut on UCTV, the week of April 17, with prime time airings at 6:30PM and 9:30PM PDT on Thursday, April 20.

San Diego Arts Leaders React to Proposed NEA Funding Cuts

San Diego Union Tribune | March 17, 2017

Since 2011, SDYS has received annual NEA grants totaling $115,000 for its Community Opus Project, which brings teams of teaching artists into Title I schools (those with a high proportion of students from low-income families) in Chula Vista for after-school orchestra and band programs. The NEA funds make up at least 10 percent of the budget for the program. If they were to go away, “we would be confronted with weighing one of two possibilities: (The program) would go to fewer students, or it would reduce the intensity to students.”

First Person: Syrian Sisters Dedicated To Music

KPBS | January 30, 2017

Student musicians Carla and Christine Chehadeh are featured today on KPBS’s “First Person” midday edition, discussing their past in Syria and their present passion for playing with SDYS.

NAMM Show Spotlights the World of Music & Music Education

San Diego Union Tribune | January 17, 2017

Over 100,000 NAMM members will attend the 117th annual National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). Learn more about NAMM’s higher purpose of furthering music education in this article which highlights SDYS work in Chula Vista.

Ulli Reiner, Grammy Finalist

Local Coverage: Ulli Reiner Selected as 2017 Grammy Music Educator Finalist

December 16, 2016

Ulli Reiner, 2017 Grammy Music Educator Finalist, Poway Unified School District music educator and SDYS Symphonic Strings conductor since 2011, is profiled by our local CBS8 in this in-depth video clip.

Ulli Reiner 2017 Grammy Music Educator Finalist

Ulli Reiner Selected as 2017 Grammy Music Educator Finalist

December 8, 2016

Bravo Ulli Reiner, 2017 Grammy Music Educator Finalist! Ulli Reiner – who was also a 2016 semi-quarter finalist – has conducted SDYS Symphonic Strings since 2011. Grammy Music Educator Finalists are chosen from more than 3,000 nominees across the country for their significant contributions to music education in their schools.

Gilbert Castellanos, First Person on KPBS

For Gilbert Castellanos Music Is Sustenance

KPBS | December 7, 2016

SDYS 2016 Profiles in Music Education Award Winner Gilbert Castellanos is profiled on KPBS.org in their “First Person” series.

Music Education for All Students - Symphony magazine, Fall 2016

Music Education for All Students

League of American Orchestras Symphony Magazine | November 23, 2016

The new Every Student Succeeds Act takes a big step toward putting the arts back in classrooms. But that won’t happen on its own. Now is the time for orchestras to advocate for a complete education that includes music for each and every student.

Chula Vista Elementary School District Students Outperform Their Peers in County and State – Again!

San Diego UT | August 30, 2016

In time for National Arts in Education Week, test scores released last month reveal continued dramatic improvement as students in the Chula Vista Elementary School District outperformed the state and county averages of their peers in English Language Arts and mathematics.

Vi at La Jolla: Living Well

La Jolla Village Magazine | July 24, 2016

Page Turners, Vi’s book club, selected “Changing Lives”, based on the success of the El Sistema program, for their April reading. A subsequent visit by the club to the Kellogg School for a tour to witness Opus program students in their music classes as well as a quartet performance helped cement the concepts learned from their book selection.

Hero of the Week

Voice of San Diego | July 12, 2016

Dalouge Smith, President and CEO of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, gets a nod for his organization’s work expanding music education to Chula Vista and other elementary schools in the region.

The Transformative Power of Music

Ranch and Coast Magazine | June 17, 2016

When Shannon Yandall got her three daughters involved in SDYS’s Community Opus program, she didn’t anticipate the many positive effects she’d see. From better grades to increased confidence, her young trio truly demonstrates the power of music.

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