Alumni Association

San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s Alumni Association is a great way to stay in touch with everything we are doing and to find out how you can get involved. If you are just coming back to check on us, please tell us what you have been up to, we love sharing stories about our alumni with current students and friends. We will fill you in on what other alums are up to, the latest SDYS news and upcoming alumni events. Your information will be kept strictly confidential. If you would also like to join our SDYS Alumni Association Committee, email us at alumni@sdys.org.

Alumni Stories



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.


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.


Greg Hix

piano, french horn

Working personally with him (Yo-Yo Ma) was sort of a trip to be honest. His brain is always, ALWAYS thinking of how to tweak musical ideas- whether it was phrasing, dynamics, seating, dress etc. He seems to exist a few seconds in the future at all times.

Tanya Solomon

Tanya Solomon


My advice to younger musicians is to learn how to play (and get along) with a section. This skill helps you learn to work with others, which is helpful in whatever career you choose.


Janet Hwu


My musical upbringing taught me diligence and patience. Also, it helped me put fear into perspective, as nothing is as scary as playing solo in front of a large group of people.

Jessica Renis

Jessica Reinis


I adored playing Principal Flute in SDYS my senior year of high school. There was a lot of pressure with college applications and conservatory audition tapes, but leading the flute section was my fantasy all through high school and I had to pinch myself that whole year when it finally became a reality.

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