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NYO New Youth Orchestra, (San Diego) youth symphony, (San Diego) youth orchestra



Your Family Can Experience What’s Great about NYO
Four Orchestras, Two Wind Ensembles, Chamber Music Program, Solo Competitions & Winter & Spring Concert Events

Join San Diego’s finest teaching orchestra organization. The New Youth Orchestra is home to the world class and proprietary, “Ramirez Orchestral Training Program”, which is San Diego's oldest and most successful youth orchestra training program that has taught thousands of young San Diego musicians for the past 40 years. 

Additionally, NYO’s experienced and knowlegable artistic staff who are top musicians, mentor our student members, encouraging them to become the best they can be.  Learn more about the "Ramirez Orchestral Training Program" go to Successful Program

Since 2012, NYO has doubled every year at 200 members today, estimated to grow to 400 members for 2014-2015 Season. Apply


Watch this incredible Video!!
NYO Winter Concert 2014 Footage

Spring Concerts 2014
Coming Up







New Offer!!
 Early Bird Tuition Package

3 Adult tickets for each Winter & Spring Concert
($150 value)

  Ensemble photos for both Winter & Spring Concert
($30 value)

  DVD's for both Winter & Spring Concert
($50 value)

Total Early Bird Savings $230

Sign up before April 30, 2014 to receive a
voucher for the "Early Bird Tuition Package"

Save $50 for each multiple

family member

No Charge for Audition or Registration

Why members like
The New Youth Orchestra


Five Great Reasons to join NYO

NYO Winter Concert 2014
Rehearsal Performance


Have Questions?  Call (858) 877-3696  or  email info@thenewyouthorchestra.com


NYO What's Up
Current NYO information,
events, features etc.

by Miguel Ramirez


Early Bird Auditions for New Students June 14 & June 21
Early Bird Auditions for New Students: Sign up today for an audition to become a member of NYO, San Diego finest teaching orchestra. Auditions will be scheduled from 9:00pm to 6:00pm on June 14th 2014 at the NYO facilities in Sorrento Valley. This audition is open to all new members. All ensembles, all instruments, all levels & ages 7 to 25

Remember that June 21, 2014 is the last day that new members can receive a voucher for the "Early Bird Tuition Package" which will save you $230. There is no fee for registration or audition, also families with two or more members will receive a additional $50 discount per student.

Complete the online application and the NYO office will schedule you for an appointment. These auditions are for ensemble placement as well as seating auditions.


Feel free to call or email Mario Ramirez, NYO Communication Director if you have any questions.  (858) 877-3696 marior@thenewyouthorchestra.com

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Successful Orchestra Program Now at The New Youth Orchestra
The successful “Ramirez Orchestral Training Program” that trained thousands of young San Diego musicians for the last 40 years was pulled out of San Diego Youth Symphony and is now at The New Youth Orchestra: The world class and proprietary orchestra program developed and owned by the Ramirez family, which has been used for decades at San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) as its primary orchestra training program, has been pulled out of that organization and now resides exclusively and permanently at The New Youth Orchestra. This is the same successful multi-tiered orchestra program that created and developed Sinfonia Orchestra, Concert Strings, Concert Orchestra and Debut Strings at SDYS. The San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory and these ensembles are no longer allowed to use the teaching concepts or the programing that were created by the Ramirez family.  

Since 2012, The New Youth Orchestra under the direction of John and his brothers Miguel and Mario, has been doubling in size every year and is now over 200 members and will seek to double to 400 members for the 2014- 2015 season. Benefiting by the exclusive use of “The Ramirez Orchestral Training Program”, NYO is not only guaranteed to grow in size, but also has the means to create world class youth ensembles matching the quality of those from renown music institutions including Juilliard School of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music and New England Conservatory. 

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NYO's Brilliant Soloist, Jesus Jimenez with Southwestern College Symphony
NYO New Youth Orchestra Soloist Jesus Jimenez with Southwestern College Symphony. Please enjoy this video clip, it is a wonderful interpretation of the cadenza of the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major.

The New Youth Orchestra's young and brilliant solo violinist Jesus Jimenez performed the 1st movement of the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, as he was accompanied by Southwestern College Symphony Orchestra on April 2, 2014. 7:30 p.m. This full orchestral concert program of advanced symphonic repertoire was performed by Chula Vista’s top orchestral ensemble and conducted by maestro Jeff W. Nevin, also included Mozart symphony no. 25 all four movements, Neruda trumpet concerto mov. 1 and Handel water music suite no. 2. This concert was held at the Mayan Hall at the Southwestern College, 900 Otay Lakes Rd, Chula Vista, CA. 91913.

Jesus is a dedicated member of the NYO San Diego Premier Symphony and violin student of NYO 's artistic director John Ramirez.

NYO really does Rock with Executive Director, Miguel Ramirez

Our own NYO Executive Director Miguel Ramirez finished a week long concert tour with his rock band Brothers Weiss tonight. He is the singer and bass player. Concert was held at Soda Bar 3615 El Cajon Blvd San Diego, CA

Check out these articles on the band and the California/TJ tour in San Diego Uptown News by Jen Van Tieghem! Pick up a hard copy or read it here: http://bit.ly/1myX0aA
#thegoldenstatetour. Also, Bay Bridged article by Nicholas Schneider

NYO Spring Concerts 2014, June 7th, 2014
Elite Series Concert 1:00 pm & Premier Select Series Concert 6:00 pm

Coming this Spring, The New Youth Orchestra will be completing its second successful year. Like always, the NYO staff is very happy to announce two concerts featuring all of the NYO ensembles, including the debut of the NYO San Diego Premier Symphony as well as NYO San Diego Select Wind Ensemble, Orchestra II, Orchestra I and Concert Band. We look forward to this great event and hope that all NYO member families, friends and NYO fans from throughout San Diego will come join us in this wonderful NYO Spring Concert day. 

Elite Series Concert - Intermediate Level, Saturday June 7th, 2014 at 1:00 pm &
Premier Select Series Concert - Advanced Level, Saturday June 7th, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Go to NYO Spring Concerts 2014 page

Learn From the Best, Maestro John Ramirez  (NYO's Artistic Director)
Learn From the Best, NYO is San Diego finest teaching and performing youth symphony orchestra organization, lead by Master violinist and Artistic Director, Maestro John Ramirez. John Ramirez who is New Youth Orchestra’s Artistic Director, is in fact the leading youth orchestra conductor and music educator in San Diego County. Backed by 90 years of a family music tradition handed down three generations, he and his brothers Miguel and Mario, have created “The New Youth Orchestra” which is San Diego finest teaching and performing youth symphony orchestra organization. They are supported and assisted by a fantastic group of young performers and teachers including, David Rumley percussion, Peter Dayeh clarinet, Molley Rubin Bassoon and Francisco Bandin french horn.

John Ramirez is a proud alumni of the Julliard School of Music where he attended under a full scholarship. This was where he received advanced violin instruction under the legendary Dorothy Delay and collaborated with the world’s greatest musicians, conductors and teachers.

Read more: John Ramirez bio

The Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition
The Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition
August 18- 25 2014 in Harbin China
$200,000 in prizes USD
Deadline for application May 31, 2014

Competition open for Violin, Cello and Chamber. Four division levels, Professional, Youth, Chamber Music and Aficionados.

A notice from Mario Ramirez, NYO Communications Director 
& NYO Chamber Music Director

It is an extreme honor for The Ramirez Family and The New Youth Orchestra to be advocates in promoting The Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International Solo Competition. Through the years, my teacher Eleonore and her sister Alice have been a huge influence in my professional life as well as becoming great friends to me and my family. So we have decided next year (2015), The New Youth Orchestra will be sponsoring 1 to 3  talented students from the San Diego and Los Angeles area, for an all expense paid trip to the worlds most prestigious classical string competition.

For more details about the competition, please visit:

NYO staff member Mario Ramirez
His close connection to histories greatest composers, teachers & performers
When Mario is coaching in NYO orchestra rehearsals or teaching chamber music, NYO student members can be confident that the interpretation of the music is only three generations away from the original sources such as Schumann, Brahms, Bruch, Dvorak, and Mendelssohn. As this precious information has been preserved and handed down with care from his teachers Alice Schoenfeld and Eleonore Schoenfeld.

At a early age of 8, Mario studied cello performance with Eleonore Schoenfeld and received Chamber Music training with Alice Schoenfeld for ten years . Mario’s music education with the Schoenfeld sisters, was based on the highest level European schooling which was rooted in the rich history of music traditions that go back only three generations and can be directly traced to the history’s greatest classical music teachers, performers Joseph Joachim and Hugo Becker as well as composers such as Schumann, Brahms, Bruch, Dvorak, and Mendelssohn.

The superb level European traditional training that Mario received, has reflected in the highest standards that have been set from the very creation of The New Youth Orchestra.

Read more: Mario bio


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NYO has a "Great

They [my children] were very proud to be amongst such a high calibre group of young musicians who continued to inspire each other at every rehearsal and meeting. I watched my children build their musical skill, interest, self-confidence, and motivation in the short few months of being in the orchestra.    Sarah C.


The New Youth Orchestra, San Diego
NYO Welcomes You
NYO (San Diego) - youth symphony orchestra

Miguel Ramirez The New Youth Orchestra (San Diego) - a youth symphony orchestra Conductor

Miguel Ramirez Bio

Miguel Ramirez
NYO Executive Director

Conductor of
Orchestra l,
Assistant Conductor of
San Diego Premier Symphony
  San Diego Select Wind Ensemble
  NYO Orchestra ll  & NYO Concert Band

John Ramirez

NYO Artistic Director

Conductor of
San Diego Premier Symphony
  San Diego Select Wind Ensemble
  NYO Orchestra ll  & NYO Concert Band

Mario Ramirez Bio

  Mario Ramirez
NYO Communications Director

Director of the
NYO Chamber Ensemble Program &
Preparatory Orchestra Program

A 90 year Ramirez family tradition

Music performance and teaching has been a 90 year Ramirez family tradition that has been successfully handed down for three generations. The NYO organization was proudly created by Ramirez family members that include Miguel Ramirez Executive Director, John Ramirez Artistic Director and Mario Ramirez Communications DirectorSince the conception of this organization, these three dedicated brothers along with others have been actively shaping the vision of The New Youth Orchestra (San Diego) - youth symphony orchestra (NYO) .

Join the experience

The New Youth Orchestra (San Diego) - youth symphony orchestra is now creating exciting new ensembles where young musicians can meet new friends and collaborate with like minded performers. It's also our goal to introduce orchestra members to a wide range of new contemporary music as well as the great standard repertoire. Our approach keeps fresh and interesting concert programs. NYO (San Diego) - a youth symphony orchestra, is about new ensembles, new friends and new exciting music. What can be better?

We're planning for the future

The New Youth Orchestra (San Diego) - youth symphony orchestra is rapidly becoming the premier musical ensemble experience for San Diego's young instrumentalists.

For years to come, the whole community will enjoy concerts and other exciting events sponsored by our Innovative NYO (San Diego) - a youth symphony orchestra.

We all look forward to programs that contain interesting and diverse symphonic music written by major composers from all periods. These compositions will include, but will not be restricted to mainly Mozart symphony No. 40. Beethoven Symphony No. 5 etc.. We don't want to limit our young members to mainly Mozart, Beethoven or even Brahms who are composers that wrote compositions which are instantly recognized to the general public today, but we want our youth orchestra performers to experience great works like Elgar Symphony No. 2, Mahler Symphony No. 5, Martinu Symphony No. 6, Bruckner Symphony No. 3, Symphony No. 1 von Weber, Tubin Symphony No. 3, Sinfonia Walker No. 1, Schnittke Symphony No. 8 and Philip Glass Symphony No. 7.


NYO (San Diego) - youth symphony orchestra is grateful to be serving families who live in "Greater San Diego" but also those who live in coastal North County San Diego like La Jolla, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, but also including Northern County inland communities like Mira Mesa Vista, San Marcos, Escondido, Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Rancho Penasquitos, Carmel Valley, 4SRanch.

The rehearsal facility and administrative offices of the NYO are conveniently located in Sorrento Valley, near the 5, 805, and 56 freeways. Ample parking is available.

The New Youth Orchestra

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The New Youth Orchestra (San Diego)
- youth symphony orchestra
10855 Sorrento Valley Road, Suite 2
San Diego, CA 92121 US

For questions or more information,
call: (858) 877-3696 (3NYO), or
email: info@thenewyouthorchestra.com



NYO has "Great

I have been extraordinarily pleased with the excellence in teaching and musicianship here. My son's experience has been challenging and fun...
He [my son] has shown
great improvement in such a short time.
These dedicated instructors really know what it takes to bring out the
musical best in our kids!    
L. Williamson

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NYO has "Great

The music selections were beautiful and quite challenging. And the kids had a great time in the process! My son and his friend loved it.
This youth symphony orchestra is amazing. I can’t wait to see what’s next.    
Lori W.

Amy Caddell:

"The concert was outstanding!
It was definitely worth flying 2000 miles! The Ramirez Brothers are THE BEST! I hope you are planning on selling the video because I MUST have one. Congratulations on the wonderful job you did."
Betsy Schafer:

"It was so awesome
 to be a part of it.
Thank you NYO members
and Staff!"
Laura Ruth Clower:

"NYO is THE FINEST youth musical experience, and the concert was a delight in every way!  THANK YOU
and CONGRATULATIONS to the brilliant John, Mario, and Miguel Ramirez brothers, and to your many talented and fortunate students.
My son and I look forward to more beautiful NYO music!"
Yelena Heaton:

"The concert WAS amazing!
I am so impressed with the level of instruction at NYO and I have seen a lot of different youth orchestras. John Ramirez is a fantastic director with very high expectations for himself and for the kids and it shows! Every semester the music gets more challenging and the kids are thrilled to be able to meet that challenge and make beautiful music together. My son loves being part of NYO! Thank you John, Miguel, and Mario for creating this awesome ensemble.


NYO has a "Great Teaching Staff " 
As a musician I must say the NYO is definitely one of a kind. The artistic staff are really encouraging and their coaching brings our playing to a whole new level ... perfect for any student wanting to have a fun and challenging musical experience.    Kelly C.

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NYO is a "Great Organization"

My daughter transferred to NYO because they offer a wide variety of repertoire, have innovative conductors, and interactive coaching galore.
She especially looks forward to rehearsals now
and loves performing with other talented peer musicians and friends.    Cary W.

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