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    Early Childhood

    Music is a way of life for this ChIMES family! Written by Kate Battenfeld In […]

    Three Generations of SDYS Family


    Megan Matthew is an SDYS alumni (1995-2002), parent, and now serves on the SDYS Board […]

    Jeff Edmons: Q&A


    When did your love of music begin? My love of music was first inspired by […]

    The Gurganious Family

    violin, viola

    Music changes lives, and for siblings Zachary and Isabella Gurganious, that statement couldn’t ring truer. […]

    Kevin Song & Family


    “To me, SDYS isn’t just a group of students playing together. It’s become a family for me.”

    The Yandall Sisters

    violin, double bass, trumpet

    “SDYS is important to me now because it gives me the opportunity to learn advanced repertoire in a large orchestra setting.”

    Bruno Bello

    16 yrs old | cello

    Music has given me all the tools and means to pursue my dreams.

    Daniel Pate


    Being a musician has been one of the most deeply rewarding choices I have made. Music has a way of becoming the cornerstone to every single important moment that we live.

    Enrico Lopez-Yañez


    One thing I have learned in my journey is that the people around you are not your greatest competition but in fact your greatest asset.

    Victoria Bietz


    My SDYS experiences shaped me as a person and ultimately paved my decision to major in violin performance.

    Noor Alramadan

    Noor Alramadan

    11 yrs old | cello, clarinet

    I wasn’t really a musician. I thought I would do sports, but after a while it felt good and I felt happy that I was learning to play music.

    Sofia Hashemi-Asasi

    17 yrs old | violin

    Her experience illustrates the symphony’s mission of enabling young musicians to perform classical pieces at an advanced level.

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