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There’s a place for everyone at SDYS

Registration for our next season opens in Spring of 2022. 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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Established in 1945, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory is the 6th oldest continuously operating youth symphony in the United States, serving close to 600 beginning through pre-professional student musicians annually in 13 full orchestras and large ensembles. Through SDYS’ flagship ensemble program in Balboa Park, its neighborhood engagement projects, and its early childhood music curriculum, SDYS is San Diego’s most comprehensive provider of ‘cradle through college’ music education programs and a national leader in innovative community engagement, serving thousands of young musicians and their families each year.

Upcoming Events


Be sure to check the COVID-19 event policy on each event listing prior to attending or purchasing tickets.

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REGISTRATION for the 2021-2022 SEASON

Mid-season registration for the 2021-22 season is open through October 15!  There’s a place for any young musician, age 7 – 22, of any ability in our ensembles. We hope you’ll join us. Once closed, mid-season registration and audition opportunities will reopen in March, 2022.


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It’s amazing how quickly students gain proficiency and confidence in working with instruments – and each other – in The Opus Project, part of SDYS’ community partnership program that brings music education opportunities to schools. In the Chula Vista Elementary School District, brand new musicians at Los Altos Elementary School performed an afterschool mini Thanksgiving concert for their fellow students – having never played their instruments before August!

We’re so proud of them all and hope you enjoy this performance of the Ant Song, Winter Time in Russia, See the Little Monkey, Rolling Along, and Bow River by the students and led by SDYS Teaching Artists Marife Biares, Michael Tagart, Jordan Kuspa, and Jessandra Kono.
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The SDYS Youth Leadership Council (YLC) brings together young leaders from across SDYS programs to connect and contribute to the future of SDYS. A key focus area for the group is the recognition and celebration of the diverse makeup of our students, their families, and our wider community, through the music of those cultures and its composers.

To celebrate Filipino Heritage month in October, the YLC has produced a virtual mini-concert celebrating Filipino culture, its contributions to the arts, and its spread in our local communities. Directed by YLC member, Nya Delcastillo, it features performances from SDYS musicians, friends, and families. Ms. Delcastillo shares, "To us Filipinos, representation is very important. Through this concert, SDYS and the YLC can show the instrumental aspects of traditional Filipino music and collaborate with other Filipino figures in our communities."
We hope you enjoy the concert! Learn more about SDYS’ Youth Leadership Council at
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Meet Our Students

Conservatory Programs

Ovation Ensembles

Provides our most advanced musicians in our flagship program with intensive, pre-professional musical training at the highest levels attainable in a youth orchestra program.

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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Community Opus Project

The Community 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