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SDYS’ Community Opus Project is a Featured Success Story at National Forum on Education Policy

Arts Education Partnership Website | June 21, 2017

Student musicians from San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s Community Opus Project will be performing on the second day of the Education Commission of the States 2017 National Forum on Education Policy being held in San Diego June 28-30 at the Hotel Del Coronado.

San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory Awarded NEA "Arts Works" and California Arts Council "Artists in Schools - Extension" Grants

SDYS Awarded NEA “Arts Works” and California Arts Council “Artists in Schools – Extension” Grants

June 16, 2017

SDYS has been awarded $45,000 and $18,000 respectively in two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council to further programs in Chula Vista.

In Conversation: Katie Wyatt and Dalouge Smith

Seen & Heard - Massachusetts Cultural Council | April 25, 2017

Dalouge Smith, CEO and President of SDYS and Katie Wayatt, Founder and Executive Director of KidzNotes and the Executive Director of El Sistema USA, sat down for a conversation at the invitation of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which is featured on their blog “Seen & Heard”.

Their conversation provides insight into the challenges and successes of working with public schools to achieve community goals, the potential policy implications and challenges that are facing this work today, and the gap between rural and urban environments.

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.”

Achieving Scale and Equity in Arts Education

Arts Education Innovation Lab, Arts for All (Los Angeles County Arts Commission) | March 13, 2017

Dalouge Smith recently presented at “Achivieving Scale and Equity in Arts Education”, an Arts Education Innovation Lab conducted by Arts for All/Los Angeles County Arts Commission. His 7-minute talk focused on how SDYS changed its beliefs and behaviors in order to achieve the remarkable outcomes of the Community Opus Project in the Chula Vista.

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.

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