Photo: From left, Michael and Edna Pines, Tim Peacock, Melissa Senoff, Erica Frank, Eric Cohen, Bonita Paysour, Janet Caine, Ken Ramirez, and Amy and Gytis Barzdukas. Photo credit Ken Jacques.
MAY 23, 2022
San Diego Youth Symphony held its Encore! Scholarship Fundraiser on April 24 at the Hyatt Regency Spa and Marina on Mission Bay.
It was the organization’s most successful fundraiser to date. More than 145 guests attended and donated to support close to 170 full and partial student scholarships. No student is turned away from SDYS’ programs for lack of financial resources.
The festivities featured multiple performances by SDYS student ensembles, along with the presentation of the Leo Scheer Founders Award to longtime board member, donor, and advocate Eric Cohen in recognition of his commitment to arts education.
For more than 75 years, SDYS has worked to provide music education to any student. For those families that need assistance, the Encore! Scholarship Fund provides tuition scholarships, sponsored lessons, instrument loans, repairs, and supplies, performance clothing, parent education workshops, free concert tickets, and the fund supports recruiting in underserved communities.