International Youth Symphony

An annual summer music program for advanced SDYS Ovation students and international musicians

Entering its 14th year in 2018, the annual International Youth Symphony is a partnership program between SDYS and Rotary District 5340 International Youth Exchange that brings musicians from across the globe together with SDYS’ most advanced musicians for a two-week intensive music experience.

In July of 2018, more than 20 international musicians will join SDYS students to create a unique orchestra, comprised of exceptionally talented student musicians led by SDYS Music Director Jeff Edmons for two weeks of rehearsals and a variety of recitals and concerts in the community.

Last year’s International Youth Symphony performances included an outdoor concert as part of the Twilight in the Park in Spreckels Organ Pavilion, a Classical Concert at the Center Theater at California Center for the Arts in Escondido, a concert at Downtown Rotary Club 33 and a opening performance at La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest in Ellen Scripps Park, La Jolla.

How to apply?

If you would like more information about the International Youth Symphony, please contact Dr. Sidney Yin, Associate Director of Conservatory Programs, at

Upcoming IYS Events

International Youth Symphony Open Rehearsals

St. Paul’s Cathedral
2728 Sixth Ave
San Diego, CA, 92103
July 19, 2018 at 8:00 am

International Youth Symphony Concert: Twilight in the Park

Spreckels Organ Pavilion
2125 Pan American Rd East
San Diego, CA, 92101
July 24, 2018 at 6:30 pm

International Youth Symphony Orchestra Concert

California Center for the Arts
340 N Escondido Blvd
Escondido, CA, 92025
July 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm

San Diego Youth Symphony