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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, | 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 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.

San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory Awarded NEA "Arts Works" and California Arts Council "Artists in Schools - Extension" Grants

SDYS Awarded NEA “Arts Works” and California Arts Council “Artists in Schools – Extension” Grants

June 16, 2017

SDYS has been awarded $45,000 and $18,000 respectively in two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council to further programs in Chula Vista.

In Conversation: Katie Wyatt and Dalouge Smith

Seen & Heard - Massachusetts Cultural Council | April 25, 2017

Dalouge Smith, CEO and President of SDYS and Katie Wayatt, Founder and Executive Director of KidzNotes and the Executive Director of El Sistema USA, sat down for a conversation at the invitation of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which is featured on their blog “Seen & Heard”.

Their conversation provides insight into the challenges and successes of working with public schools to achieve community goals, the potential policy implications and challenges that are facing this work today, and the gap between rural and urban environments.

UCTV and SDYS Premiere New Video on Value of Music Education

UCTV STE[+a]M Channel | April 17, 2017

San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) recently announced that its newest video making the case for the importance of music education in our schools will debut on UCTV, the week of April 17, with prime time airings at 6:30PM and 9:30PM PDT on Thursday, April 20.

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