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SDYS Welcomes Sameer Patel, Artistic Director

An accomplished conductor and music educator, he will oversee artistic direction of multiple SDYS programs serving more than 3,000 students each year.

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There’s a place for everyone at SDYS

Registration for our next season is now open. Learn more about our ensembles, placement auditions, and more.

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Music classes for little ones and their caregivers

Our ChIMES music program features classes for children ages 0-5 years at Balboa Park and Liberty Station. Find out about our class levels and upcoming session dates.

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Watch and Listen to “(You Are) Amazing”

Join young musicians from SDYS plus youth music organizations around the county and Tijuana for a special performance and message for young people everywhere!

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SDYS Artistic Director Sameer Patel Featured in Article by Musical America

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Established in 1945, San Diego Youth Symphony is one of the original Youth Arts programs created by the City of San Diego and the department of Parks and Recreation.   Our youth orchestra program serves 500+ student musicians annually in 12 orchestras and bands from beginning through advanced levels. Combined with our community engagement projects and our early childhood music curriculum, SDYS is San Diego’s most comprehensive provider of ‘cradle-to-college’ music education programs and a leader in innovative community engagement, serving thousands of young musicians and their families each year.

San Diego Youth Symphony is a proud member of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, a collaboration of 26 arts, science, and cultural institutions in San Diego’s Balboa Park.

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Meet Our Students

Ensemble Programs

Ovation Ensembles

Encourages our intermediate-level students to participate in both an orchestra and a wind ensemble and exposes them to diverse musical literature.

Showcase Ensembles

Encourages our intermediate-level students to participate in both an orchestra and a wind ensemble and exposes them to diverse musical literature.

Inspiration Ensembles

Offers quality foundational ensembles that develop technical, collaborative, and musical skills as they progress on their instruments.

Prelude Ensembles

Our entry-level instruction offers quality introductory classes that provide an important musical and social experience for young students.

Community Programs

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The Opus Project

The Opus Project includes after school instrumental orchestra and band programs for students in Chula Vista.

Supporting Music in Schools

SDYS supports many school programs across San Diego County to help in their development or expansion of in-school music.

ChIMES Early Childhood Music

ChIMES (Childhood Introduction to Music Education, with Smiles) highlights one of the most integral phases of child growth and development, from birth to age 5.

Partnerships and Research

SDYS plays a key role in collaborating with local and national organizations to document evidence of the benefit of music education.

Our Supporters

San Diego Youth Symphony