On behalf of everyone at SDYS, we hope you and your families are staying healthy as we adjust to life with Covid-19. We miss seeing our students and families every week, but more importantly, we miss HEARING you make music together.

As events related to Covid-19 change daily, we are continuing to monitor the situation and have the following updated information for the SDYS community (listed chronologically).

SDYS offices in Balboa Park are closed until further notice by order of the CIty of San Diego. We will announce reopening dates as soon as we receive word from the City that it is safe and healthy to do so.

Registration for SDYS’ 75th Anniversary 2020-21 Season will open on April 6 (rehearsals begin in September). For current families, please watch for an email in the next few days with details. Information for the broader music education community will be posted on the SDYS website on or before April 6.

SDYS’ April 19 Ovation performance at Copley Hall is postponed. The SDYS Box Office will be in touch with ticket holders to discuss options on or before April 1.

As the situation changes daily and some good news emerges on the global front, SDYS is hopeful that we can save the end of the Conservatory season. A final decision regarding resuming the 2019-20 season will be announced on or before May 1.

In the meantime, we hope all Conservatory students are receiving our communications with regard to practice tips, audition preparation, and how to keep your musical activities going at home. Sponsored lesson teachers are scheduling online lessons, the music theory and composition class is meeting via Zoom, and many conductors will be holding online or phone sessions for students.

Our annual fundraiser, Encore!, will be held on May 2 as scheduled but will now go virtual! We’re excited to share details of this with you in the coming weeks. Current ticket holders will be contacted by April 3 to discuss options.

Auditions for the 2020-21 season will begin in mid-May as scheduled. We are currently exploring audition options, including on-line, that will safeguard the health of all students and staff. Look for announcements regarding auditions on or before May 1.

Situation permitting, we are exploring options for limited summer programming. We hope to have announcements to you on or before May 15.

Our most sincere thanks goes out to everyone in the SDYS community for your ongoing encouragement and support. Together, we’ll keep the music going!

Sincerely,

Dr. Michael Remson
President & CEO

Jeff Edmons
Music Director

P.S. We hope you’ll consider following us on our social media channels to enjoy the positive messages we’re sharing there.  Facebook is our main channel, with additional postings on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

 


UPDATE 3/16/2020

As all of us continue to take necessary precautions during this fluid situation, we want to let you know that the SDYS office is now closed at least until March 31. In the interest of the health and safety of our office staff, we are working remotely from home. Please know that we are still available via email and able to check any voicemail left for us in the Balboa Park office.

We hope to provide some alternative programming for our students to offset the disruptions we are all facing. We will do our best to continue to offer quality instruction and resources to our students until we are able to resume normal operations in Balboa Park.

In an effort to give families the time needed to adjust to the current conditions throughout San Diego, we will postpone registration for the 2020-2021 season until early April. At this time, auditions are still expected to take place from mid-May to mid-June. Please email the programs team at conservatory@sdys.org with any further questions.

Please note that currently ALL events, rehearsals, and community activities are currently suspended until further notice.

Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time. We look forward to resuming programming as soon as it is safe to do so, and we will continue to be in touch with any new updates.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Michael Remson
President & CEO

Jeff Edmons
Music Director

San Diego Youth Symphony