The San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory has said goodbye to its CEO Dalouge Smith. Smith stepped down from his position as CEO Friday.

The San Diego Youth Symphony was first established in 1945 and moved to Balboa Park in 1948. In the organization’s first 50 years, it brought together the top students from high school orchestras across the county, Smith said. As orchestras at high schools were eliminated, the San Diego Youth Symphony began serving students at beginning and intermediate levels, as well.

Smith has led the organization for the last 13 years and worked to expand its mission to include making music education affordable and accessible for all children.

Read more and listen to the audio interview of Dalouge to be aired LIVE today on KPBS’ Midday Edition radio program at 12:30 and later from the archived link on this page.

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