New Soil Ensemble Wins Downbeat Magazine’s Student Music Award!

Congratulations to YLJC’s New Soil Ensemble for taking the win in the High School Honors Ensemble category for the 43rd annual Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards! NEW SOIL ENSEMBLEInstructor – Gilbert Castellanos Nick Caldwell – Sax (Tenor)Brenda Greggio – PianoCarmen Murray – DrumsJohn Murray – BassAlvin Paige – Sax (Alto)Mateo Zamora – Trombone See all the winners […]


Jazz Explorations with Gilbert Castellanos – New Online Series!

We are pleased to introduce an online series presented every Sunday at noon! Join us for some exciting “jazz explorations” sessions hosted by Gilbert Castellanos. The presentations will be different each week and will include master classes with world-renowned artists, special guest panelists, discussions on a wide variety of jazz topics such as practicing, etiquette, […]


Conservatory Student Connor Gilbert Receives the VAPA Spotlight Award

We are happy to announce that Connor Gilbert, bass player in our “Free For All” and “Blue Train” ensembles, will receive a Spotlight Award from the San Diego Unified School District’s Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Program. Connor is a junior at Mission Bay High School. Every year, San Diego Unified School District’s Visual and […]


Conservatory Student Taichi Okumura wins International Golden Classical Music Award!

We are proud to announce that 12-year-old conservatory student Taichi Okumura has been awarded first prize in the prestigious International Golden Classical Music contest and has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall on November 1, 2020. Taichi plays alto sax in Rob Thorsen’s “Night Dreamers Ensemble” and attends Pacific Trail Middle School. Taichi is […]