In 2014, SDYS and Rotary District 5340 International Youth Exchange celebrated the 10th annual International Youth Symphony in Balboa Park. Fifteen international musicians joined eighteen SDYS students to create a unique orchestra, comprised of exceptionally talented student musicians led by SDYS Music Director Jeff Edmons. Two weeks of rehearsals and a variety of recitals and concerts were be shared with the community.Learn more about the San Diego Youth Symphony at www.sdys.orgLearn more about Community Opus Project at www.sdys.org/community-opus-projectAbout San Diego Youth Symphony and ConservatoryThe 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. In addition to its Balboa Park programs, SDYS launched the Community Opus Project in 2010 as a strategy to demonstrate the many benefits of music education, build support for music in the community, and convince school districts to provide music as part of students' regular curriculum. It was so successful that within only three years, the Chula Vista Elementary School District committed to providing music education to all of its students and with the assistance of SDYS will begin phasing in school day music in the upcoming school year. SDYS was the 2012 Grand Prize Winner of the BoardSource/Prudential Leadership Awards for Exceptional Nonprofit Boards.