Our Programs

Conservatory Programs

The San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) is the 6th oldest continuously operating youth symphony in the United States, and serves over 600 student musicians annually in ten Conservatory ensembles. Skill levels range from beginner to pre-professional, with participating musicians ages 8 to 23. Concerts are performed throughout the region including at world-class venues such as Copley Symphony Hall, Jacobs Music Center and California Center for the Arts in Escondido

Read more about San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory's Balboa Park Programs.

Read more about: Our Conductors  |  Our Ensembles  |  Our Auditions

Additional Programs: 

Ovation Chamber Ensembles & Chamber Ensembles  |  Concerto Competitions  |  Master Classes |  International Youth Symphony  |  Mentor Program  |  Music Theory and Ear Training Program 


Community Program Partnerships

Community Opus Project

San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory's Community Opus Project is a free after-school music program inspired by the El Sistema youth orchestra program in Venezuela. Since 2010 the Community Opus Project has grown from teaching after school music at two schools, to serve more than 3,000 students across the Chula Vista Elementary School District through both its after-school programs and CVESD's decision to reinstate its district-wide music program which had been cut more than 15 years earlier. 

Read more about San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory's Community Opus Project.


San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory has partnered with schools and community organizations since its founding. SDYS regularly partners with leading professional music, theater and arts organizations, including La Jolla Music Society, San Diego Symphony, The Old Globe, and La Jolla Playhouse, to give students access to unique performance experiences, professional music mentors, and concerts by the world’s leading artists. 


San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory is committed to building the case for music education through rigorous scientific based research and measurement that tracks the impact of music participation on students. Toward this end, SDYS is partnering with the UC San Diego Center for Human Development to track the cognitive and developmental changes related to long-term musical study. SDYS is a lead partner in SIMPHONY (Studying the Influence Music Practice has On the Neurodevelopment of Youth), a five year longitudinal study that tracks 5 to 10 year-olds just beginning the study of a musical instrument. Learn more about SIMPHONY here.