San Diego Youth Symphony

The San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) is the 6th oldest continuously operating youth symphony in the United States, and serves over 600 students annually in ten ensembles from its home in Balboa Park. Skill levels range from beginner to pre-professional, with participating students ages 8 to 25. 

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As the region’s leading youth music program, SDYS attracts student musicians of all skill levels from across San Diego County as well as neighboring Imperial and Riverside counties. SDYS’ musical excellence has been recognized nationally with a Music Alive/League of American Orchestras “Composer-in-Residence” award. In its 70 years history, the orchestra has performed 14 foreign concert tours in 18 foreign countries.