San Diego Youth Symphony

Providing Cradle-to-College music education for San Diego County families.

For over 75 years, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) has served as a catalyst for investing in the future of thousands of young San Diegans through the study and performance of music. Through SDYS’ flagship ensemble program in historic Balboa Park, its neighborhood engagement collaborations across San Diego County, and its early childhood music curriculum, SDYS is San Diego’s most c

Operating as usual

02/04/2024

Once again a reminder that our scheduled ChIMES class that was to be held today at Zoro Garden in Balboa Park has been postponed. Check back soon as we will be rescheduling the class for later this spring.

02/02/2024

Zoro Garden ChIMES Class POSTPONED.

Hi everyone. Due to the continuing rain and muddy conditions, we have decided to postpone the free ChIMES class that was originally scheduled for this Sunday, February 4 at Zoro Garden in Balboa Park. We will be rescheduling the event for later this spring, and we will update you here once we choose the date so you can mark it on your calendar.

Photos from San Diego Youth Symphony's post 02/01/2024

Scenes from the premiere of "Ilimitados" at the World Design Capital San Diego Tijuana 2024 press conference yesterday! Go Andres Martin and SDYS Board Chair John Lipsey! Good company too!

02/01/2024

SDYS is very proud to share the premiere of "Ilimitados" in collaboration with Sinfónica Juvenil de Tijuana, composed by Andres Martin, and commissioned for World Design Capital San Diego Tijuana 2024. Musicians from both orchestras will be performing this special work throughout 2024 as a symbol of bi-national cooperation and collaboration. Take a look at this wonderful performance!

01/25/2024

Meet Indigo & Kailey, who will be playing with SDYS Symphony Orchestra in concert on Sunday, January 28 at 6:00 pm. SDYS will be holding 3 concerts January 27-28, all at Southwestern College. Please don't miss this incredible event. For tickets: https://sdys.my.salesforce-sites.com/ticket/ #/events/a0S8W00000gbtFzUAI

01/25/2024

Meet Jacob, Asher, Thomas, & Juliette, who will be playing with SDYS Wind Symphony in concert on Sunday, January 28 at 1:00 pm. SDYS will be holding 3 concerts January 27-28, all at Southwestern College. Please don't miss this incredible event. For tickets: https://sdys.my.salesforce-sites.com/ticket/ #/events/a0S8W00000gbtFzUAI

01/24/2024

Meet Thomas & Mia, who will be playing with SDYS Sinfonia in concert on Sunday, January 28 at 6:00 pm. SDYS will be holding 3 concerts January 27-28, all at Southwestern College. Please don't miss this incredible event. For tickets: https://sdys.my.salesforce-sites.com/ticket/ #/events/a0S8W00000gbtFzUAI

01/22/2024

Meet Amelie, who will be playing with SDYS Overture Strings in concert on Saturday, January 27 at 1:00 pm. SDYS will be holding 3 concerts January 27-28, all at Southwestern College. Please don't miss this incredible event. For tickets: https://sdys.my.salesforce-sites.com/ticket/...

01/19/2024

Meet Fernanda, who will be playing with SDYS Overture Winds in concert on Saturday, January 27 at 1:00 pm. SDYS will be holding 3 concerts January 27-28, all at Southwestern College. Please don't miss this incredible event. For tickets: https://sdys.my.salesforce-sites.com/ticket/...

01/16/2024

Come join us for a free Valentine’s ChIMES music class, featuring sweet songs and musical activities about love and friendship.
The class is for children ages 0-5 and their parents and caregivers:

Sunday, February 4, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Zoro Garden, Balboa Park (Next to the Fleet Science Center)

01/13/2024

Meet Riddhi and Siddhi, who will be playing with SDYS Symphonic Strings in concert on Saturday, January 27 at 1:00 pm. SDYS will be holding 3 concerts January 27-28, all at Southwestern College. Please don't miss this incredible event. For tickets: https://sdys.my.salesforce-sites.com/ticket/ #/events/a0S8W00000gbtFzUAI

01/12/2024

Meet Jacob and Maria, who will be playing with SDYS Concert Winds in concert Sunday, January 28 at 1:00 pm. SDYS will be holding 3 concerts January 27-28, all at Southwestern College. For tickets click here: https://sdys.my.salesforce-sites.com/ticket/ #/events/a0S8W00000gbtFzUAI

01/11/2024

Meet Sarngini and Michel, who will be playing with SDYS Concert Strings at our January 27 concert at Southwestern College. The concert begins at 1:00 pm and is the first of 3 SDYS concerts we will be presenting at Southwestern on the 27th and 28th. For tickets to any of the 3 concerts, click here: https://sdys.my.salesforce-sites.com/ticket/ #/events/a0S8W00000gbtFzUAI

01/01/2024

Happy New Year to all. Wishing everyone a great year ahead!

12/21/2023
12/11/2023

ChIMES is the San Diego Youth Symphony’s early childhood music program for children ages 0–5 and their parents/caregivers. We had over 200 people in attendance listening to live music, enjoying snacks, socializing, and visiting all the game and activity stations.

12/08/2023

Mark your calendar! SDYS Symphony Orchestra Trombones &
Hausmann Chamber Music Program students will be performing a free concert at Zoro Garden at Balboa Park (next to the Fleet Science Center) on December 10th at 3:30pm. Bring a blanket or a chair and join us for this wonderful experience.

12/08/2023

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Fantastic! Thanks to our advocates and Councilmembers Moreno and Campillo for making Penny for Arts and Culture more than a concept - it is our future! We look forward to this being reflected in the Mayor's budget. This is a momentous, unanimous vote for the City!
Councilmember Raul Campillo
Vivian Moreno
Space 4 Art
The New Children's Museum
Fleet Science Center
Comic-Con Museum
San Diego Civic Youth Ballet
San Diego Youth Symphony
Spreckels Organ Society Balboa Park Cultural Partnership
Kimberly Art Show
San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition
San Diego Museum Council
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art
Asian Story Theater
Mid-City CAN (Community Advocacy Network)
The Old Globe
San Diego Junior Theatre
MOXIE Theatre

Press Release: Prebys Awards $30.6 Million in Grants to Organizations Throughout San Diego County 12/07/2023

SDYS is proud to have received multi-year support from the Prebys Foundation for our youth orchestra, community, and early childhood programming. We look forward to working with all our partners across San Diego to build stronger communities of belonging in arts education.

Press Release: Prebys Awards $30.6 Million in Grants to Organizations Throughout San Diego County Prebys Foundation announced 147 grants totaling $30,607,625 in its four program areas: Visual and Performing Arts, Youth Success, Healthcare, and Medical Research to organizations throughout San Diego County

12/01/2023

Mark your calendar! SDYS Symphony Orchestra Trombones & Hausmann Chamber Music Program students will be performing a free concert at Zoro Garden at Balboa Park (next to the Fleet Science Center) on December 10th at 3:30pm. Bring a blanket or a chair and join us for this wonderful experience.

11/15/2023

The results are in from last night's Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition:

First Prize
Hannah Lee, violin

Second Prize
Ethan Zhou, violin

Third Prize
Anthony Kim, violin

Finalists (2)
Serena Liu, flute
Dylan Ellis, violin

Congratulations to Hannah and to all the participants on a wonderful event.

11/14/2023

Please join us this evening for the finals of the Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and support our talented SDYS musicians. Here are the details:

Final Round: Tuesday, November 14, 2023. 6:00 PM Free event. Public welcome!
Location: San Diego Central Public Library
Neil Morgan Auditorium
330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101

Finalists from Symphony Orchestra:

Anthony Kim, violin
Serena Liu, flute
Dylan Ellis, violin
Hannah Lee, violin
Ethan Zhou, violin

11/04/2023

Big weekend for SDYS Symphony Orchestra!! Join us for this week’s upcoming activities! , , , .festival

11/04/2023

Big weekend for SDYS Concert strings!! Join us for this week’s upcoming activities! , , .festival

California Festival Family & Community Day 11/03/2023

https://www.kpbs.org/events/2023/11/05/california-festival-family-community-day
Another article, this from KPBS, about the fantastic California Festival Family & Community Day event that SDYS will be featured in, at the The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, along with the host San Diego Symphony, the San Diego Master Chorale, and Art of Elan this Sunday (11/5). Click on the article for the full schedule and program lineup and don't forget that the event/concert is FREE.

California Festival Family & Community Day Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of San Diego's vibrant arts scene as we shine a spotlight on musical organizations that make our city a culturally rich community. The free California Festival Family & Community Day will showcase performances by the San Diego Youth Symphony, San Diego Master Ch...

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Making Music Education Accessible and Affordable for All

For almost 75 years, San Diego Youth Symphony (SDYS) has served as a catalyst for investing in the future of thousands of young San Diegans through the study and performance of music. Through SDYS’ flagship ensemble program in Balboa Park, its neighborhood engagement Community Opus Project, and the ChIMES early childhood music curriculum, SDYS is San Diego’s most comprehensive provider of ‘cradle to college’ music programs and a national leader in outreach programming, serving 1000+ infants through pre-professional K-12 musicians across Southern California every year.

At SDYS, we believe that music is a vehicle for giving young people the social, emotional and academic skills that transcend traditional educational models and prepare them to enter the 21st century workforce. Our values, which focus on personal achievement, leadership, and community inclusiveness, form the basis of every SDYS program. We respect every young person who takes part in our programs and celebrate their accomplishments as musicians, as members of our community, and as future leaders, in San Diego and across the nation.

For more information about the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory or to make a donation, please contact us at 619.233.3232 or visit us at www.sdys.org.

Videos (show all)

SDYS is very proud to share the premiere of "Ilimitados" in collaboration with Sinfónica Juvenil de Tijuana, composed by...
Meet Indigo & Kailey, who will be playing with SDYS Symphony Orchestra in concert on Sunday, January 28 at 6:00 pm. SDYS...
Meet Jacob, Asher, Thomas, & Juliette, who will be playing with SDYS Wind Symphony in concert on Sunday, January 28 at 1...
Meet Thomas & Mia, who will be playing with SDYS Sinfonia in concert on Sunday, January 28 at 6:00 pm. SDYS will be hold...
Meet Tony & Isabella, who will be playing with SDYS Philharmonia in concert on Sunday, January 28 at 1:00 pm. SDYS will ...
Meet Amelie, who will be playing with SDYS Overture Strings in concert on Saturday, January 27 at 1:00 pm. SDYS will be ...
Meet Fernanda, who will be playing with SDYS Overture Winds in concert on Saturday, January 27 at 1:00 pm. SDYS will be ...
Meet Riddhi and Siddhi, who will be playing with SDYS Symphonic Strings in concert on Saturday, January 27 at 1:00 pm. S...
Meet Jacob and Maria, who will be playing with SDYS Concert Winds in concert Sunday, January 28 at 1:00 pm. SDYS will be...
Meet Sarngini and Michel, who will be playing with SDYS Concert Strings at our January 27 concert at Southwestern Colleg...
Final few days, audition here! - sdys.org/audition
Audition here! - sdys.org/audition

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San Diego, CA
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