“From the very beginning, MMYO taught me to be a leader.”
-Max Opferkuch, MMYO Class of 2016
“Being in MMYO with so many talented and expressive peers made me more comfortable and confident in expressing myself musically. It changed the way I perform, and I’m so grateful for the experience.”
-Michelle Reed, MMYO Class of 2015
The Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra was first established as the San Diego Young Artists Symphony in February 1995 by the late maestro Louis Campiglia. Under the direction of Campiglia and former Music Director Mary Gerard, the SDYAS provided outstanding programs to young promising musicians in the San Diego region.
In 2013, San Diego Young Artists Symphony merged with Mainly Mozart and was renamed the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra. Today the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra offers six different ensembles: Suzuki Strings, Beginning Strings, Intermediate Strings, Concert Band, Intermediate Orchestra, and Advanced Orchestra. Under a strong inclusion policy that integrates young musicians of all abilities and musical backgrounds, we provide students with solo, chamber, and orchestral performance opportunities throughout San Diego and Baja California, as well as the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rehearse and perform side-by-side with the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, composed of incredible principal players and concertmasters from major orchestras across the country.
Our ensembles currently serve over 200 students ages 3-23, hailing from all over San Diego County and even traveling from Los Angeles County and Baja California. Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra students regularly participate in regional and national music programs such as NYO-USA, Tanglewood, National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, Idyllwild and more, and many alumni have gone on to pursue college careers in music.
Regular MMYO Saturday rehearsals are hosted by the San Diego Mesa College Music Department.