Artistic Staff Bios

Mario Ramirez - Cellist & NYO Program Executive Director

NYO Chamber Music Program Director - Artistic Staff Bios

Growing  up as an exceptional young musician, Mario  Ramirez received his  advanced training with late world renown cellist  and teacher Eleonore  Schoenfeld for 10 years, who was a professor at  U.S.C. Thorton School  of Music. For college, he entered The New England  Conservatory of Music  in Boston MA. where he was accepted to study under  Laurence Lesser and  Colin Carr with full scholarship.  Through the  years, Mr. Ramirez also  had the opportunity to learn and perform with  the worlds finest  cellists, examples include Gabor Rejto, Paul  Tortelier, Anner Bylsma,  Jeffery Solow and ensemble training with Alice  Schoenfeld and Bertram  Turetzky.  He has received awards from prominent  institutions including  the Arnold Schoenberg Institute  and the Culburn  Foundation and has  participated in the Idyllwild Art Summer Program,  Edinburgh  International Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival and  Piatigorsky  Seminar.  Mr. Ramirez has performed as a cello soloist with  La Jolla  Symphony, Savannah Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Guanajuato   Symphony (Mex), Queretaro Philharmonic (Mex) and has performed chamber,   solo, and orchestral concerts in venues throughout the U.S.A., Europe   and Israel. 


For 20 years, Mario has previously lived,  performed and taught in the  Boston area as a professional cellist. He  has been traveling to San  Diego acting as NYO Chamber Ensembles  Director since the NYO's  conception.

John Ramirez - Violinist & NYO Program Artistic Director

Conductor NYO Elite Symphony, NYO San Diego Premier Symphony, 
 NYO Concert Band & NYO San Diego Select Wind Ensemble


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. 
 In San Diego, for the past 30 years, John’s musical career has allowed   him to create, transform and influence many important musical programs.   Also, through his successful private teaching studio he has mentored   numerous high level performers. His past musical contributions include:   being a key proponent for restarting  the music program in the San   Dieguito school system, creating orchestras at the Coronado School of   Arts and in the San Dieguito Union High School District.

Following in the footsteps of his father,  violinist Margarito Ramirez,  who created and conducted what is now the  Sinfonia Orchestra at the San  Diego Youth Orchestra - NYO New Youth  Orchestra Program, John Ramirez  developed the Concert Strings, Concert  Orchestra and Debut Strings (now  Overture Strings) for the San Diego  Youth Symphony and Conservatory.  Since John's departure from San Diego  Youth Symphony, the training  orchestra's that the Ramirez family  created exist in name only at SDYS.  At this time, John and his fathers  unique and proprietary multi-tiered  orchestra training program now  resides and is thriving at The New Youth  Orchestra organization.

His additional experience includes:  conductor of the San Diego Youth  Symphony and Conservatory Concert  Orchestra for 12 years and the Debut  Strings Orchestra for 10 years,  conductor of Torrey Pines High School’s  intermediate and advanced  orchestra and teacher of the chamber ensembles  for 8 years, orchestra  conductor and string ensembles teacher at the  Carmel Valley Middle  School for 8 years, orchestra conductor and teacher  of the chamber  ensemble at the Coronado School of the Arts (COSA) and  teacher of the  chamber ensembles at Canyon Crest Academy for 3 years.  John is  currently the artistic director and founding conductor of San  Diego  Youth Orchestra - NYO New Youth Orchestra Program in Sorrento  Valley.

Miguel Ramirez - Violinist & NYO Program Conductor

Conductor NYO Junior Elite Symphony & NYO Orchestra 1

Miguel Ramirez completed his advanced violin  performance training with  master teachers Philipp Naegele, David Chan,  Oleh Krysa and Mikhail  Kopelman. Since then, he has developed a solid  reputation in the San  Diego and Boston area as a fine conductor,  ensemble coach and private  teacher. His past musical working  experiences and accomplishments  include: orchestral conductor and  instrument specialist at the San Diego  Youth Orchestra - NYO New Youth  Orchestra Program for 9 years,  orchestral conductor and string  ensembles coach at the Torrey Pines High  School for 5 years, orchestral  conductor and string ensemble coach at  the Carmel Valley Middle School  for 5 years and the head coach of  piano-string ensembles at the Boston  Piano Academy for 4 years. In  addition, for the past 10 years, he has  provided high quality private  instrumental instruction to students who  play a wide range of  instruments including the violin, cello, viola,  bass & piano. Miguel  is now one of the founding conductors of San  Diego Youth Orchestra -  NYO New Youth Orchestra Program - in Sorrento  Valley. 

Jesus Jimenez, Violinist & NYO Program String Specialist

Advance Chamber Music Program Coach

The future is certainly bright for Jesus  Jimenez, San Diego’s most  promising upcoming musician. Considered to be  a virtuoso violinist,  master conductor and inspiring teacher. From an  early age, many  accomplished musicians and teachers who surrounded him  acknowledged his  great talents and recognized him as a musical prodigy.

Though he was raised from very humble  beginnings, his talent brought  about great opportunities. Through  joining groups such as Mariachi  Juvenil Mi Mexico and Southwestern High  School mariachi, he was allowed  to naturally develop as a musician,  drawing upon traditional Mexican  music which allowed him to flourish  technically and musically in his  unique way.

At age 14, Jesus changed course, pursuing  classical music after having  been accepted to study with John Ramirez, a  prominent violin teacher in  San Diego.  Soon after, many opportunities  came about, including a full  scholarship to San Diego’s premier  private high school, Francis Parker  School, where he received advance  string training as the top performer  and received the highest awards  the school offered, including  “Outstanding Musicianship Award,”  “Francis Parker Recognition Award,”  and “Music Award.”

He has also garnered top prizes and  orchestra placements at the San  Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory,  as well as solo performances with  the Southwestern College Symphony,  and Mexico’s FESTA Symphony in  Guadalajara, performing at the Teatro  Degollado. He has been a regular  honored resident student member of the  Rocky Ridge Music Center festival  in Estes Park, Colorado. 

As he has developed into a mature performer,  his great talents have been  recognized. Jesus was awarded a full  scholarship to Point Loma Nazarene  University where he is completing  his Instrumental Performance Degree  while studying under violin  professor, Dr. Philip Tyler.

His dream to become a professional musician  is being realized as he is  now vice president of the Escuela de Musica,  a successful enrichment  music program in San Diego. In addition, he  was recently appointed NYO  artistic staff member as an advanced chamber  coach, conductor for the  2016-2017 season, and was recently appointed  the coordinator for the new  “Estrella Music Program,”  a community  enrichment program sponsored by  the New Youth Orchestra and the Escuela  de Musica. This program will  provide advanced music training to  talented under-privileged young  musicians in San Diego county.

Jesus is a founding member of the NYO New  Youth Orchestra program  starting as a student member since 2012. Now he  holds a artistic staff  position as a Advanced Chamber Music Program  Coach and will be  integrated as a conductor for the 2016-2017 season.

David Rumley - Percussionist & NYO Percussion Specialist

David  Rumley received his Bachelor of Music in  Percussion Performance from  SDSU and has been working as a professional  drummer and percussionist  in the San Diego and Los Angeles areas for 16  years. Prior to his work  at the New Youth Orchestra, David was  instrumental in founding outreach  programs and overseeing the percussion  sections at the San Diego Youth  Symphony SDYS in Balboa Park.

David can be heard performing with many of  San Diego’s top repertory  theatre companies including Lamb’s Players  Theatre, Cygnet, North Coast  Repertory, and Moonlight Stage  Productions. He has been involved with  many world premieres and is  currently performing in San Diego’s longest  running, home-grown  theatrical hit, MiXtape, for which he created the  original drum track.  Having performed in many venues throughout the  United States, Canada,  and Europe, he maintains a large private studio  here in San Diego, and  performs on a nightly basis in and around the San  Diego area. David is  a  founding member of San Diego Youth Orchestra -  NYO New Youth  Orchestra Program.

Peter Dayeh - Clarinetist & NYO Program Woodwind Specialist

Peter  Dayeh is a classical clarinetist performing  orchestral, chamber, and  solo literature who is also committed to his  private studio of  beginning through advanced students. Dayeh is a native  of San Diego,  California and holds the Bachelor of Music degree in  Clarinet  Performance from San Diego State University, and the Master of  Music  degree in Clarinet Performance from Arizona State University’s   Herberger Institute of the Arts. His former teachers include Sheryl  Renk  (San Diego Symphony), Dr. Robert Spring (Arizona State  University), and  Dr. Marian Liebowitz (San Diego State University). 

Dayeh is active as an orchestral and  chamber musician, as well as  recitalist, throughout San Diego,  Imperial, and Santa Cruz counties. He  was recently appointed as 2nd  Clarinet of the Santa Cruz Symphony.  Former positions include Principal  Clarinet with the San Diego City  Ballet orchestra. Dayeh is also an  accomplished chamber musician and  recitalist, performing frequently  throughout Southern California.  Chamber music collaborations include  the DiMarea (now Aiana) String  Quartet and the “Those Guys Wind  Quintet” in Phoenix, AZ.

He was recently a participant in the 2012  Hot Springs Music Festival in  Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he received a  full-tuition scholarship to  attend. In the summer of 2011, he was a  participant at the Pierre  Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra  Musicians as a scholarship  recipient from the Quimby Family Foundation.  Other festivals include the  2009 University of San Diego Chamber Music  Festival and the 2008  Buffet-Crampon Summer Clarinet Academy. Dayeh  has won first prize in the  woodwind/brass division at the 2009  Grossmont Community Concert  Association scholarship competition, as  well as winning the 2009 San  Diego State University Soloist  Competition.

Juan R. Ramírez Hernández - NYO Artistic Adviser

Juan R. Ramírez Hernández is a violinist with the Atlanta Symphony  Orchestra, a celebrated composer, and Founder and Artistic Director of  the Atlanta Virtuosi Foundation, Inc.  Under the auspices of this  Foundation, he founded the Buckhead Youth Orchestra and Casa de la  Cultura-Atlanta, both in residence at Covenant Presbyterian Church. This  season marks his 14th year as Artistic Director and Conductor of the  Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra.  

Mr. Ramírez began his studies in Mexico with Ivo Valenti and Vladimir  Vulfman. His studies with Henryk Szeryng began at the age of fourteen,  and continued as he became his principal mentor in Mexico, the U.S. and  Europe. While in Boston attending the New England Conservatory of Music,  Mr. Ramírez was privileged to study with Joseph Silverstein while under  the tutelage of the eminent pedagogue and conductor, Leon Barzin.

Mr. Ramírez has performed and conducted in numerous countries throughout  Europe and Asia, as well as in Israel and Mexico. He has won numerous  awards and honors along the way, including the Serge Koussevitzky and  Leonard Bernstein Awards, the Loridans Arts Award and the Governor's  Award in the Humanities.

The distinguished composer-conductor Gunther Schuller stated his  "unqualified faith in Mr. Ramírez as a violinist and a musical leader of  great artistic integrity" and noted that "whatever he undertakes is  touched by quality." In 2004,  Mr. Ramírez was named Lexus Leader of the  Arts by WABE Public Radio of Atlanta and WPBA Television for "his  outstanding contributions, his pursuit of excellence in music and for  his initiating and serving several community music organizations in the  arts community."

Known throughout the state as a music advocator and educator, Mr.  Ramírez founded Music for Success! - an educational program under the  auspices of the Atlanta Virtuosi Foundation in partnership with metro  Atlanta educational institutions, providing string training by  professional musicians to young elementary and middle school children of  many backgrounds. He generously volunteers his time, energy and  expertise to music students in the Atlanta area and beyond. He is a  frequent guest conductor of the Honors Orchestra sponsored by the South  Carolina Music Educators Association.

Mr. Ramírez has served on the Board of Directors of the Sphinx  Organization and the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, and recently  received the World Chamber of Commerce Cultural International Hero  Award. He holds the title of “Presidential Professor” at the University  of Michigan, the highest honor “given to visiting artists and scholars,  recognizing distinguished individuals for their extraordinary  achievements.”

Mr. Ramírez' compositions have been performed at the 1993 Cultural  Olympiad, for Prince Albert of Monaco, and premiered by the Atlanta  Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 he appeared as Guest Conductor of the  Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra and was present for the Mexican premiere  of his “Suite Latina” by the Vega Quartet in San Miguel de Allende. Upcoming events include a new commission by the Camarada chamber ensemble of San Diego, California.

Besides Juan's participation in artistic matters for the New Youth Orchestra organization, he regularly teaches at the annual NYO summer seminar.  Providing NYO members with advanced string solo, chamber and orchestra training .