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International Youth Symphony Orchestra Concert

Jul 23, 4:00 pm

Join the San Diego Youth Symphony and its partner, Rotary District 5340, in welcoming accomplished international student musicians from across the globe to its annual International Youth Symphony summer intensive program formal finale concert. Participating international student musicians representing multiple countries join students from SDYS’ Ovation program to create this special string orchestra sharing goodwill through the power of making music together.

The concert will be held in beautiful Saint Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Banker’s Hill.  It will be the final performance of the IYS line-up.

Guest Conductor: Jeffrey Grogan
Jeffrey Grogan, Guest ConductorJeffrey Grogan is an internationally-acclaimed conductor and teacher, currently serving as Director of Orchestral Activities at the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University and as Artistic Director of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra.

Recently he was invited by the LA Philharmonic to conduct alongside Gustavo Dudamel at Disney Hall, as part of the Youth Orchestras of Los Angeles National Festival. Grogan was scheduled to appear at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and the Beethoven2020 Festival in Vienna prior to the pandemic. Recent appearances include conducting at the Sydney Opera House, Harpa Concert Hall in Iceland, and in Bangkok and Singapore.

Grogan serves as a Master Educator for the Yamaha Corporation of America and on the Advisory Committees of the Midwest Clinic and Music for All. Following his passion for performing and helping to create new music for orchestras, he has collaborated with composers such as Lowell Liebermann, Michael Colgrass, Eric Whitacre, Steven Stucky, and Scott McAllister – as well as soloists Richard Stolzman, Stefan Hoskuldsson, Julian Schwarz, and the Canadian Brass. Grogan worked on several projects with violinist and composer Mark O’Connor. Grogan recorded O’Connor’s March of the Gypsy Fiddler with the Ahn Trio and New Jersey Youth Symphony on OMAC Records, which is played on classical music radio throughout the country.

He previously served eleven seasons as Education and Community Engagement Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and as Conductor and Artistic Director of the NJSO Youth Orchestras, the InterSchool Orchestras of New York and the New Jersey Youth Symphony. He was founding Artistic Director of two El Sistema inspired programs in New Jersey, CHAMPS and the Paterson Music Project. Grogan also taught for over a decade at the University of Michigan, Ithaca College, and Baylor University.


The 2022 International Youth Symphony will perform as a string orchestra.

Twilight in the Park concert attendees will enjoy a selection of exciting excerpts from:

Shostakovich – String Quartet No. 8 “Dresden”
I. Largo
II. Allegro Molto
IV. Largo
V. Largo

Grieg – Holberg Suite
I. Praludium
II. Sarabande
III. Gavotte – Musette
IV. Air
V. Rigaudon

—- Intermission —-

Mendelssohn – String Symphony No. 7 in D Minor
I. Allegro
II. Andante (amorevole)
III. Menuetto
IV. Allegro Molto

Piazzola – Libertango

About Rotary District 5340 and International MusiCamp
Rotary District 5340The Rotary District 5340 International MusiCamp™ program, produced in partnership with San Diego Youth Symphony, allows both international and local SDYS students to experience new cultures and make new friends, planting the seeds for greater international understanding.

The Rotary District 5340 MusiCamp International Youth Exchange is unique in three respects:

  • It was the first music-based summer camp exchange program in Rotary;
  • It is the only youth exchange program conducted in partnership with a non-Rotary organization (San Diego Youth Symphony); and
  • It is the only camp where students must demonstrate a high skill level to participate.

Over the past fifteen years, MusiCamp has brought highly talented musicians from Canada, Czech Republic, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Germany, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom to San Diego where they joined with San Diego Youth Symphony members for two weeks of intense rehearsals, performance at symphony and chamber music events and a week touring Southern California theme parks, local beaches and other points of interest.

2019 IYS Rehearsal Video
San Diego Youth Symphony
(619) 233 3232
Jul 23
4:00 pm
Performing Ensembles:
San Diego Youth Symphony