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Important COVID-19 Update – 7/1/2020

July 1, 2020

UPDATE 7/1/2020   SDYS’ Health & Safety Precautions for 2020-2021 Due to Covid-19, we have […]

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SDYS Announces Administrative Office Expansion to ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station

SDYS Announcement | May 14, 2020

SAN DIEGO, CA – May 14, 2020 – For nearly 75 years the San Diego […]

SDYS Celebrates Outstanding Music Educators at Upcoming Concerts

SDYS Media Release | February 24, 2020

Coinciding with National Music in Our Schools month, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) presents their 24th annual Celebration of Music Education concerts on Sunday, March 15 and Sunday, April 19, paying tribute to hundreds of outstanding music educators throughout the county.

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Lilian Franqui, Pacific Beach Middle School student, wins San Diego Youth Symphony intermediate solo competition

San Diego Community Newspaper Group - Beach & Bay Press, sdnews.com | November 14, 2019

Seventh-grade Pacific Beach Middle School student Lilian Franqui plays violin, speaks fluent Chinese and just won an intermediate-level music competition. For six years, Lilian’s been a member of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory.

Susan Lee, Canyon Crest Academy student, wins San Diego Youth Symphony advanced solo competition

Del Mar Times, Carmel Valley News, Solana Beach Sun | November 12, 2019

Susan Lee, SDYS’ concertmaster of Symphony Orchestra wins the advanced solo competition while finding friendship and teamwork in orchestra.

Bringing Back Music Ed – San Diego Union Tribune Feature Article

The San Diego Union-Tribune | Vincent Adrunas | May 12, 2019

No student who wants to participate is turned away from SDYS’s ensemble-based programs, and for those that can’t afford it, tuition assistance is available in the form of music scholarships. Funding for these scholarships comes from private donations, and from the organization’s annual “Encore!” gala fundraiser held last weekend at the Casa del Prado in Balboa Park…

Catching up with conductor Anthony Do-Hoon Kim – San Diego Union-Tribune Feature Article

The San Diego Union-Tribune | Beth Wood | March 24, 2019

SDYS’ Anthony Do-Hoon Kim is profiled by the UT, sharing his love of surfing, the outdoors, music, and his passion for teaching young people music.

KPBS “First Person”: Dalouge Smith, Making Music Education Accessible for All Children

KPBS Radio Midday Edition | July 30, 2018

Don’t miss Dalouge’s First Person audio interview airing at 12:30 today during KPBS’ Midday Edition radio program or visit the archived link at this page.

Chula Vista Elementary School District Honored for Music Education Offerings

May 10, 2018

Chula Vista Elementary School District was honored with the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) […]

Lauren Shelton

CVESD VAPA Coordinator Earns State Honor

Chula Vista Elementary School District Website | January 24, 2018

Lauren Shelton, Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator, Chula Vista Elementary School District, was recently named the California Music Educators Association’s 2018 CMEA Outstanding Administrator for the state of California. Lauren has been instrumental in the implementation of the partnership between SDYS and CVESD for rebuilding the district’s music education infrastructure.

Anthony Medina plays cello with other Kellogg Elementary School students, Nov. 29, 2017.

What Learning Looks Like: Creating A Well-Tuned Orchestra In Your Head

KPBS.org Midday Edition | December 12, 2017

Music education really DOES change how students learn…and SDYS is at the forefront of research that proves it! Check out this breaking story from KPBS featuring SDYS and our research collaboration with UCSD’s John Iversen to learn more about what learning – in the presence of music education – looks like.

SDYS’ Community Opus Project is a Featured Success Story at National Forum on Education Policy

Arts Education Partnership Website | June 21, 2017

Student musicians from San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s Community Opus Project will be performing on the second day of the Education Commission of the States 2017 National Forum on Education Policy being held in San Diego June 28-30 at the Hotel Del Coronado.

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