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Encore! Annual Scholarship Fundraiser 2018

Encore! Annual Scholarship Fundraiser 2018

May 5, 5:00 pm

Event Leadership and Honorees

Honorary Co-Chairs
Al and Armi Williams

Event Chair
Perla Brownlie

Anni Lipper

June Shillman

Encore! is the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s premier event to raise scholarship funds for students in need of financial assistance to follow their musical dreams. It is an inspiring evening of music, cuisine and friendship in the Casa del Prado in Balboa Park. The event celebrates the achievements of our community’s talented and dedicated musical youth and recognizes SDYS’ dedication to help make music education truly affordable and accessible for all students.

ENCORE! tickets are still available – please use the button to the right to purchase. Although the Honorary Committee dinner has already been held, please consider joining the Honorary Committee by purchase GOLD level tickets.

Enjoy an array of performances by our talented young musicians, sit by their side as they rehearse, share their delight in making music together. Through this special evening, more than a third of our 1,000 students receive tuition assistance or free after-school music instruction. Encore! gives you a chance to show your support for making music education available to all students.

Dinner Information

The reception will be outside in the courtyard, with dinner in an enclosed tent. We will have heaters, but we advise that you bring a jacket or wrap in case it gets chilly. The menu will include braised short ribs, horseradish infused potato puree, seasonal vegetables and salad. If you are unable to eat the beef entree due to medical concerns, please contact Terry Williams, twilliams@sdys.org by April 27 to make arrangements.

Scholarship Auction Information

Unlike other galas, ours does not include a typical auction. We want our students and their music to be the focus of the evening. Instead, we will ask guests to sponsor scholarships for one or more students as part of the evening’s program. Each contribution of $1,000 provides one season of support to an SDYS musician via the Annual Scholarship Fund.

Parking Information

Due to a variety of events being held on the same day in Balboa Park, parking will likely be challenging. Please consider using rideshare services like Uber and Lyft, and valet parking is available that The Prado restaurant. The Inspiration Point north parking lot, located near the Veteran’s Museum off Park Blvd. at President’s Way is a free parking option with a transport Tram that drops off inside the Park. Additional parking options will be posted on this page closer to the event so please check back.

Download the printed Encore! event invitation | View photos from last year’s event


Help Support A Student

At Encore, we ask patrons to donate $1,000 to support one student’s participation in our program for one year. This covers tuition, access to instruments, private lessons, sheet music, concert tickets for families in need and more. We are grateful for donations in ANY amount.

Donating in honor of a loved one or our Encore! 2018 Honorees is supported in the donation interface.

Donate To The Scholarship Fund

For more information, please contact Dalouge Smith, President and CEO, at dsmith@sdys.org or 619.233.3232 x170.


Event Type: featured , special-events
Casa del Prado 1650 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
(619) 233-3232
May 5
5:00 pm
Performing Ensembles:
SDYS Conservatory Programs, Community Opus Project
San Diego Youth Symphony