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, SDYS’ concertmaster of Symphony Orchestra wins the advanced solo competition while finding friendship and teamwork in orchestra.
Twenty-four musicians representing nine countries assemble to play alongside top SDYS musicians, to make memories, build bonds and cultural understanding through music.
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…