Share your musical abilities, teaching skills, and work with fellow musicians from the Conservatory or Community programs.

Have you always wanted to gain teaching experience? Now you can do it here at SDYS!

Are you looking for a way to share your musical abilities, teaching skills, and meet fellow SDYS or Community Opus Project students? Students in the Ovation Program, Sinfonia, and Wind Symphony can now apply to become a mentor in one of our many orchestras and community programs. Ovation students may mentor in Concert Orchestra, Concert Winds, Inspiration ensembles, in the Opus  Program in Chula Vista and Casa de Amistad program in Solana Beach. Wind Symphony and Sinfonia students may mentor in Inspiration and Opus/Casa de Amistad programs.

Become a mentor NOW at Casa de Amistad!

The SDYS mentor program normally begins in the Fall – but there’s an opportunity to start mentoring students with Casa de Amistad today.

Download the information sheet here or contact Annette Fritzsche, SDYS Community Partnerships Manager,, 619.233.3232 x110 to get involved.

Teach, learn, and have fun being an SDYS Mentor

By enrolling, you can make new friends and get to know fellow musicians from SDYS by teaching together as a team of people. You will be able to work with Balboa Park ensembles on the weekend or visit the Community Opus Project in Chula Vista or Casa de Amistad in Solana Beach after-school on weekdays to assist in teaching young students.

After a successful training session with the Community Program Manager and Associate Director of Conservatory Programs, mentors will be assigned a schedule based on their availability and the needs of SDYS Conservatory and Community ensembles.

Our next full Mentor session begins Fall of 2017. In order to receive year-end recognition in our concert programs, students will be required to mentor a minimum of 4 times (2 hours each time) throughout the season. Students who mentor 7 times or more will receive an SDYS certificate in May 2018.

Mentors will be able to:

  • Help teach and tune instruments
  • Model within an ensemble
  • Learn about becoming a music educator
  • Fulfill high school volunteer hours
  • Be recognized as a student mentor in year-end concert programs and receive an SDYS Certificate of Recognition upon completion
  • Gain teaching experience as a mentor group
  • Receive limited free SDYS concert tickets


How to apply?

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, and are in Sinfonia, Wind Symphony, or the Ovation Program, contact Kyle Henning, Conservatory Program Coordinator,, 619-233-3232 x 111 or  Annette Fritzsche, SDYS Community Partnerships Manager,, 619.233.3232 x110.

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