SDYSChamber3Under the leadership of President and CEO Dalouge Smith and Music Director Jeff Edmons, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) instills excellence in the musical and personal development of students ages 8 to 23 through rigorous and inspiring musical training experiences. Since 1945, SDYS has given thousands of musicians the opportunity to study and perform classical repertoire at a highly advanced level. SDYS attracts student musicians from throughout San Diego, Imperial and Riverside counties and serves over 600 students annually through its 12 ensembles.

The organization’s preeminent ensemble, the SDYS Chamber Orchestra is comprised of the principal and assistant principal musicians from the advanced level Ovation Program and rehearses at an extraordinarily proficient level for a youth program. Provided the finest training, the Chamber Orchestra is given the opportunity to perform professional level repertoire from multiple historic periods for both string orchestra and full chamber orchestra on a national and international stage. Most recently, select students of the San Diego Youth Symphony participated in SDYS’s 70th Anniversary tour to China and performed in Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall, San Diego’s sister city Yantai’s Poly Grand Theatre and the Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai in June 2015.

SDYS Chamber Orchestra last performed at La Jolla Music Society in the San Diego Youth Symphony Series on February 26 2016 San Diego Youth Symphony enjoys a successful partnership with LJMS.

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Richard-ONeillEMMY® Award Winner, two-time GRAMMY® nominee and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, Richard O'Neill has appeared as soloist with the London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Euro-Asian Philharmonics, the BBC, KBS and Korean Symphony Orchestras, the Moscow and Württemburg Chamber Orchestras and Alte Musik Köln with conductors Andrew Davis, Vladimir Jurowski, Yannick Nezet-Sequin, Vassily Sinaisky, Miguel Harth-Bedoya and François Xavier Roth. As recitalist he has performed at Carnegie, Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, Kennedy Center, Wigmore, the Louvre, Salle Cortot, Madrid’s National Concert Hall, Tokyo’s International Forum and Opera City, Osaka Symphony Hall and Seoul Arts Center. A UNIVERSAL/DG recording artist, he has made eight solo albums that have sold more than 150,000 copies. An Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and resident violist of Camerata Pacifica, he frequently collaborates with the world’s greatest artists. Dedicated to the music of our time, composers Elliot Carter, John Harbison, Huang Ruo and Paul Chihara have written works dedicated to him. In his ninth season as Artistic Director of DITTO (his South Korean chamber music initiative) he has introduced tens of thousands to chamber music in South Korea and Japan and will collaborate with Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica this October. The first violist to receive the Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, he was honored with a Proclamation from the New York City Council for his achievement and contribution to the Arts. He serves as Goodwill Ambassador for the Korean Red Cross and UNICEF, runs marathons for charity and teaches at UCLA.

Richard O’Neill last performed for La Jolla Music Society in SummerFest 2015.

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Jeff-EdmondUnder Jeff Edmons' direction, the Youth Symphony has experienced tremendous growth, both in enrollment and in level of musical achievement. Performing the most difficult works in classical repertoire, SDYS achieves the highest standard attainable by a youth orchestra. SDYS' exemplary standards of skill and musicianship have afforded it the opportunity to participate in the most prestigious international festivals and perform with eminent guest artists and musicians from around the world.

Under Mr. Edmons direction, the Youth Symphony boasts a strong international presence as well as setting a benchmark for excellence in the United States. San Diego Magazine named Jeff Edmons as "50 People to Watch in 1997."

Mr. Edmons has dedicated himself to promoting youth music and youth education. He has led youth, collegiate and professional orchestras in critically acclaimed performances throughout the United States, as well as Mexico, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Finland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Switzerland. He has received numerous local and national invitations and awards for his achievements in music education. Mr. Edmons has also been featured in articles and journals honoring his work and has been the subject of documentaries on CNN, Fox Television, National Public Radio and many more.

He studied violin performance with Michael Davis, former Concertmaster of the Scottish National Orchestra, String Pedagogy with renown Pedagogue Dr. Robert Gillespie, and he studied Wind, Brass,Percussion Pedagogy and Wind Ensemble conducting with Craig Kirchoff, Principal Guest Conductor of the Tokyo Wind Orchestra and past President and Chair of the National College Band Director's Association.

Jeff Edmons and the San Diego Youth Symphony enjoy a successful partnership with LJMS.

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