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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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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-to-college’ music education programs and a national leader in innovative community engagement, serving thousands of young musicians and their families each year.

The 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.

Upcoming Events


REGISTRATION for the 2022-2023 SEASON

Our primary registration period for the 2022-23 season is now closed.

We are continuing to accept auditions for the following instruments:
  • Strings: Viola and bass only
  • Winds: Oboe and bassoon only
  • Brass: Trumpet, trombone, French horn, euphonium, and tuba
  • Percussion

Marching band students who play the above-mentioned instruments may also audition (for any SDYS ensemble) until October 24, 2022, and join mid-year.


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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