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Make great music, meet new friends, and create exciting lifelong memories at the San Diego Youth Symphony!

The SDYS ensemble program runs from September through May. There is a place for all students ages 7 through 18!

All musicians are strongly encouraged to actively participate in their school string, band, or orchestra program. The opportunity to participate and grow as musicians in a collective school ensemble is a vital and valuable experience. SDYS seeks to partner with school music programs, not replace them.

Audition for SDYS


There’s a place for any interested student at SDYS. Auditions are by video upload and allow students to be placed in the correct ensemble for their age and ability.

Audition Information


SDYS’ ensemble program features 12 large ensembles grouped within 5 age/ability levels, for beginning through advanced young musicians.

Tuition Assistance

We are strongly committed to our tuition assistance program and the concept that financial need shouldn’t be a barrier to entering our programs – or to following your musical dreams.

Why Join SDYS?

Learn how San Diego Youth Symphony instills excellence in musical achievement and personal growth through rigorous and inspiring music education experiences.


Who is eligible to join SDYS? How do I know what ensemble I should be in? I’m ready, how do I audition? A quick reference to answers to these questions and more.

Conductor Bios

Our conductors are passionate music educators who are focused on student success. Get to know San Diego Youth Symphony’s talented conducting team.

Questions? Please contact a member of the SDYS team at 619-233-3232 x 4 or email at

San Diego Youth Symphony