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The SDYS Youth Leadership Council is a youth-led group of SDYS musicians who want to get more involved, connect with other SDYS musicians, and contribute positively to the future of SDYS.

SDYS Youth Leadership Council
Led by SDYS musicians, Noor Alramadan and Ellie Lee, and mentored by SDYS program managers, Kaitlyn Korogy and Dr. Lauren Rausch, the SDYS Youth Leadership Council brings together young leaders from across SDYS programs to connect and contribute to the future of SDYS.

Inaugural Project:  Works by Black Composers

Almost immediately following the creation of the YLC this summer, its members wanted to find a way to express their solidarity and extend their voices in support of the racial justice movements taking place across the country. The YLC worked for months to create a full-length concert video of music by Black composers. It is the YLC’s hope to spread awareness by sharing the music of these celebrated but often excluded Black composers. This concert also includes presentations by members to increase awareness surrounding Black students’ and Black musicians’ experiences, with the understanding that change begins by learning from and sharing with one another.

SDYS will share ‘YLC Presents: Works by Black Composers’ on Friday, April 9, @ 5:00 pm via YouTube live. Join us to learn and listen to some beautiful music performed by these talented young musicians.

View the concert program here.

Get Involved with the YLC

Youth Leadership Council Meetings

Youth leaders meet together weekly for one hour of collaboration, and in between utilize a private group to share ideas.

Commitment: Full season commitment of weekly*, online classes.
When: Wednesdays from 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Where: Online via platforms Zoom and

Council meetings will transition to in-person once deemed safe to do so by city, county, and state regulations. Meeting location will be in Balboa Park.

*Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer breaks are observed

Student Requirements

Participants must have parent/guardian permission to join.

Students will be joining a group, monitored by SDYS leadership. Invitations will be sent directly to the student’s email following submission of this form. Learn more here:

Participant Rules & Agreements

  • Ages 14 and over
  • Current SDYS musician in good standing
  • Be respectful to everyone
  • Communicate, share ideas
  • Be willing to commit and make time
  • Always make others feel accepted
  • Share immediately to staff any problems or concerns

This program is free for all current SDYS students. Registration is open year-round. (Once registered, students should expect to participate for the remainder of the season.)


San Diego Youth Symphony