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Learn about students from our Conservatory and Community programs and how music has changed their lives:

Henry Hobson

bassoon, Trombone

If you’re going to learn an instrument, volunteer for ChIMES!”

Friendships Bridging The Globe: Two Families Brought Together By Music

violin, viola, cello

Sharon and Larry Bay don’t have kids in the house anymore, but for three weeks […]

Something to Sing About

Early Childhood

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

Three Generations of SDYS Family


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.

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.

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

San Diego Youth Symphony