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August 8/2013
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Season's First Downbeat - Saturday August 24 


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Please join us for our "orientation event" for new and returning musicians and families to meet with our Artistic Faculty, Administrative Staff, Board of Directors and other families prior to the first day of rehearsal. There is no need to bring your instruments to Season's First Downbeat.


Saturday ensembles: Sinfonia, Concert Orchestra, Wind Symphony and Concert Winds

10:30am to 12:00pm. 


Sunday ensembles: Concert Strings, Overture Strings, Overture Winds and Debut Classes

1:00pm to 2:30pm. 


Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra and Philharmonia musicians will have a separate orientation on September 21 between the rehearsals.


A potluck lunch will be organized from 12:00pm to 1:00pm at the patio area in the Casa Del Prado building.  Staff will direct you where to leave the food before you head to Room 207 for the orientation.


Please bring food based on your SDYS primary ensemble placement:


Main Dish (Sandwiches, etc) first downbeat


Overture Strings


Side Dishes (Chips, Salad, Fruit, etc)

Concert Orchestra

Wind Symphony

Concert Strings



Concert Winds

Overture Winds

Debut Classes


SDYS will provide Desserts, Beverages, Plates, Cups, Napkins and Silverware.


Come and join us, we look forward to seeing you there!  If there are any questions, please contact Ensembles Administrator FangFang Li ffli@sdys.org.

Symphony Orchestra Principals


It is our pleasure to announce the following musicians as Symphony Orchestra principals for this coming season. They are receiving Merit Scholarship from SDYS in recognition of this honor!
Jasmine WangJeffrey Dan Sollender Concertmistress Chair
Flora LiMaurice Kawashima Associate Concertmistress Chair
Whajoon (Clara) Lee - Second Violin Principal
Andrea Fortier - Viola Principal
Meagan Wu - Cello Principal
Micayla George - Double Bass Principal
Omar Gaidarov - Flute Principal
Sara Kornfeld Simpson - Oboe Principal
Jay Shankar - Clarinet Principal
Michael Lamar - Inge Manes Principal Bassoon Chair
Patrick Chesnut - French Horn Principal & Chelsea King Chair Scholarship Recipient
Zachary Siegel - Trumpet Principal
Rachel Gerstenfeld - Tuba Principal
Marcos Espinosa - Percussion Principal

SDYS Carpool Sign Up


Are you looking for someone to carpool with to SDYS rehearsals?


Sign up using the link below and your information will be added to the carpool roster.  The roster will be emailed to all the registrants on Friday, August 16 and again on September 6.  It's up to you to contact other registrants and make your connection.


By writing down your information, you are authorizing SDYS to share your contact information with other families on the carpool roster. 



Additional Programs at SDYS

Symphony Orchestra - Philharmonia Concerto Competition  


Greetings!  We are excited to announce that we are accepting applications for the Symphony Orchestra - Philharmonia Concerto Competition for this season.  As performing as a soloist with an orchestra is a unique and prestigious opportunity, we encourage students from Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia to apply!

Application Deadline: Saturday September 14, 2013 at 5pm
For details and application form, visit  http://www.sdys.org/competitions

Theory/Ear Training Classes


SDYS will offer Theory/Ear Training classes beginning October 2013!

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Application form now available online: 



Applications due Fri August 30 at 12pm


The offering of Theory/Ear Training classes are dependent on minimum enrollment.


Please contact Artistic Administrator Dr. Sidney Yin via email or phone for more information. 

syin@sdys.org, 619-233-3232 x 150

SAT Prep

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San Diego Youth Symphony and UCSD Extension have teamed up to offer SATŪ prep courses on Saturdays beginning October 5, 2013.


Sign up for SATŪ prep in Balboa Park so you can prepare for this important college entrance exam. SDYS and UCSD Extension are offering low cost prep courses in the weeks prior to the November 2nd SATŪ exam date (registration fee and application to College Board Exam is NOT included)


For details and application form, visit http://www.sdys.org/sat-prep-courses


Important Links


SDYS first rehearsal weekend is September 7 & 8.  We wanted to share some important links that you'll find handy through out the season.


Report an Absence

Weekly attendance at rehearsals is required at SDYS.  If you know in advance that you will not be attending rehearsal please communicate either by recording it on the "Report an Absence" clipboard at rehearsal or completing the online absence form on the website at least two weeks in advance.  You'll need your musicians ID# for the form and a reason for the absence is required.


For more information on the SDYS attendance policy, please review page 7 of the Musicians Handbook.


Rehearsal Schedule

Not sure if there is a rehearsal this weekend?  You can check out the complete ensemble rehearsal schedules here:



Season Calender 

If you'd like an overview of our rehearsal and concert dates, you'll find the Season Calendars helpful!


SDYS T-Shirts and Hoodies - Buy them Online!


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We now have the t-shirts and hoodies on the website.  Sizes available on the website are the final items with this year's T-Shirt/Hoodie design.  All purchases must be picked up from SDYS offices in Balboa Park. 


Click here to order yours today before they are all gone!


Follow SDYS! 
Don't miss out on SDYS news, events, photos and videos!  
Make sure you're following us on:

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Events & Opportunities 
The information below is listed as a courtesy to SDYS families. 
SDYS does not endorse any of the events, their content or organizers.
La Jolla Music Society Coaching Workshops 


Most Weekdays August 1-20 | 10:00 am & 11:00 am 
La Jolla Riford Library (Directions)
Free Event!

Each year, SummerFest invites several conservatory students to participate in this intensive series of master classes conducted by senior artists from the SummerFest roster.   


Congratulations to Jasmine Wang, Meagan Wu, Omar Gaidarov, Micayla George, and Jay Shankar for being selected as 5 SDYS students to participate and perform at these workshops.  We invite you to come, watch, learn, and support your fellow SDYS students!

Engaging Girls in STEM Careers 


For more information, please click check out their facebook page.


Engaging Girls in STEM Careers

Kid's-Eye View of the Park 2013



Budding shutterbugs, ages 6-17, are invited to flaunt their photographic talents and win great prizes by entering the  Kid's-Eye View of the Park photo contest. Among the prizes at stake are a week-long Summer Camp at the Museum of Photographic Arts, a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Museum of Photographic Arts, a Family 4-Pack to the Zoo's Safari Park, tickets to other major park attractions, gift certificates, and more! (see below for details)


The Kid's-Eye View of the Park Photo Contest, sponsored by Balboa Park Central, encourages participants to scout Balboa Park's kid-friendly attractions, lush grounds, historic architecture, and animals in the San Diego Zoo to snap their winning shot!


Application Deadline:  August 26, 2013, at 5:00pm


Click here for more information and to enter the contest.

YoungArts Foundation


YoungArts provides emerging artists (ages 15-18 or grades 10-12) with life-changing experiences with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities throughout their careers to help ensure that the nation's most outstanding young artists are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts.  Support is offered in ten artistic disciplines: cinematic arts, dance, design, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice and writing.

By applying to the YoungArts program winners are eligible for:

  • Up to $10,000 monetary award (total awarded each year is over $500,000)
  • Exclusive eligibility for recognition as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
  • Master classes with world-renowned artists
  • Access to scholarships, career opportunities and professional contacts
For more information, please visit www.youngarts.org/apply

DYAO National Violin Concerto Competition


The Denver Young Artists Orchestra is pleased to announce the second triennial DYAO National Violin Concerto Competition.  The competition provides an opportunity for a talented young violinist to perform Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in e minor, op. 64 with DYAO, led by Music Director Wes Kenney, on its four concert international tour of Italy, France, and Spain in June 2014.
To download an application form and the required excerpts, please click here.

Exhibits & Performances in Balboa Park for August

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Click HERE to get a list of Exhibits and Performances in Balboa Park this month!  


FangFang Li
Ensembles Administrator
San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory
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