News & Media

Chula Vista Elementary School District Students Outperform Their Peers in County and State – Again!

San Diego UT | August 30, 2016

In time for National Arts in Education Week, test scores released last month reveal continued dramatic improvement as students in the Chula Vista Elementary School District outperformed the state and county averages of their peers in English Language Arts and mathematics.

Vi at La Jolla: Living Well

La Jolla Village Magazine | July 24, 2016

Page Turners, Vi’s book club, selected “Changing Lives”, based on the success of the El Sistema program, for their April reading. A subsequent visit by the club to the Kellogg School for a tour to witness Opus program students in their music classes as well as a quartet performance helped cement the concepts learned from their book selection.

Hero of the Week

Voice of San Diego | July 12, 2016

Dalouge Smith, President and CEO of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, gets a nod for his organization’s work expanding music education to Chula Vista and other elementary schools in the region.

The Transformative Power of Music

Ranch and Coast Magazine | June 17, 2016

When Shannon Yandall got her three daughters involved in SDYS’s Community Opus program, she didn’t anticipate the many positive effects she’d see. From better grades to increased confidence, her young trio truly demonstrates the power of music.

NEA Awards $258,000 to Local Groups

San Diego Union Tribune | May 19, 2016

Nearly a dozen San Diego County arts and culture groups have earned grants in the latest round of funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, including SDYS.

Arts Education Retakes the Stage in California Schools

California School Board Magazine | May 1, 2016

California School Board Association published an article in their quarterly magazine on the outstanding success of our partnership with Chula Vista Elementary School District through the Community Opus Project and the current climate of music and arts education in schools.

Symphony Magazine: “Growth Spurt”

League of American Orchestras | May 1, 2016

The League of American Orchestras published an article in their Symphony Magazine on the work of youth symphonies across the country, highlighting our work in Chula Vista as well as SDYS’ Conservatory Programs and The Music Institute.

Encore: The San Diego Youth Symphony

CW6 | April 28, 2016

Great piece on San Diego CW6 highlighting Encore! 2016, with Opus Project musician Bruno Bello performing.

Culture Report: Music to Music Educators’ Ears

Voice of San Diego | April 12, 2016

The San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory has had big success with its music program in Chula Vista and wants to make music education more accessible across the country.

Student Musicians Are Changing the Face of Music Education

Our Hometown Magazine | April 11, 2016

Our Hometown Magazine published an article on our partnership with the Chula Vista Elementary School District and featured a story from one of our Community Opus Project parents Jessica Carreon.

Chula Vista School District To Focus on Arts & Music

ABC 10 News | March 21, 2016

San Diego’s ABC10 covers Chula Vista’s investment in the Community Opus program, and the positive benefits for students through music.

Arts Education Learning Exchange

CW6 News | March 16, 2016

Coverage of VH1’s Save The Music Foundation and their role in supporting Chula Vista Elementary School District and the Community Opus program, during a presentation at Kellogg Elementary.

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