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    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.

    Bruno Bello

    13 yrs old | cello

    As unlikely as it seems music can change your life a lot. It gives you confidence and it also gives you hope to know that if you really want something you can make it happen.

    Jonathan Piper


    One of the strongest lessons I learned from SDYS was personal responsibility. Show up to rehearsal on time, fully practiced, and ready to focus for however long the group needs you.

    Kirusha Lanski

    14 yrs old | percussion

    Meeting and playing with people who are more experienced musicians than I am inspires me to work even harder in achieving my music and academic goals

    Susan Lee

    12 yrs old | violin

    Studying music has helped me with school because it teaches you to concentrate really well. I’m not really sure about my future, but I do know that math and music will definitely be a part of it.

    Sophie Graf


    The point of an orchestra is to explore all of the rich textures available in classical music. You, as an individual instrumentalist, are just one texture in this vast array.

    Flora Li

    18 yrs old | violin

    I love music because it is a way for me to express my feelings freely. I have been involved in musical activities for over half of my life, and it has become a part of me.

    Alex Wong


    It’s always amazing to me that no matter where you’re from or what language you speak, music is universal.

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    San Diego Youth Symphony