In-Kind Giving

Do you have an instrument that you don’t play anymore? Sheet Music? Classical Recordings? Donate them to SDYS.

Pictured above are just a few of the hundreds of students who receive instruments from SDYS to help with their music education. You can help a young person unlock their passion for music by donating your used instrument today.

What Instruments do we need?

An instrument or accessories of any condition of will be considered, however, we prefer that instruments be in a playable condition with minimal need for repairs. Our students are in need of the following instruments:

  • Violin
  • Bassoon
  • Viola
  • French Horn
  • Cello
  • Trumpet
  • Double Bass
  • Trombone
  • Flute
  • Bass Trombone
  • Oboe
  • Tuba
  • Clarinet
  • Various Percussion Instruments
  • If you are interested in donating an instrument, please contact Instrument Librarian Charlie Perkes at or (619)233-3232 x114.


    What other items are helpful?

    We occasionally run silent auctions and opportunity drawings throughout the year. We greatly appreciate items that are appropriate for fundraisers such as restaurant gift cards, event tickets, experiences, or theme basket items like golf baskets, movie night baskets, wine lovers baskets, etc.

    To donate auction items, please contact our Conservatory Programs Coordinator Brenna Casey at or (619)233-3232 x111.

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