NYO New Youth Orchestra, San Diego

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San Diego Youth Orchestra

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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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Mario Ramirez, NYO Executive
NYO Chamber Ensemble Program Director 

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 16 years, Mario has previously lived, performed and taught in the Boston area as a professional cellist. He is now living in San Diego and is the NYO Chamber Ensembles Director, the Preparatory Orchestra Program Director and has acted as The New Youth Orchestra's Communications Director since the NYO's conception (February 27, 2012).

Miguel Ramirez, NYO Conductor 
Conductor NYO Junior Elite Symphony, NYO Orchestra 1

New Youth Orchestra, San Diego, Youth Symphony Miguel Ramirez NYO Orchestra Conductor

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 Symphony and Conservatory 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 The New Youth Orchestra (San Diego) - youth symphony orchestra in Sorrento Valley.


John Ramirez, NYO Artistic Director
Conductor NYO Elite Symphony, NYO San Diego Premier Symphony,
NYO Concert Band & NYO San Diego Select Wind Ensemble

New Youth Orchestra, San Diego, Youth Symphony John Ramirez NYO Artistic Director & Conductor

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 Symphony and Conservatory, John Ramirez developed the Concert Strings, Concert Orchestra and Debut Strings (now Overture Strings) for the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory. John's multi-tiered educational program is still used by that organization today.

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 The New Youth Orchestra (San Diego) - youth symphony orchestra (NYO) in Sorrento Valley.




The New Youth Orchestra (San Diego) youth symphony orchestra was founded by the Ramirez Family. Brothers Miguel Ramirez, John Ramirez and Mario Ramirez find great pleasure sharing their 90 year family music tradition with the San Diego community. Our NYO family members live in coastal North County San Diego; La Jolla, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, including inland North County; Vista, San Marcos, Escondido, Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Rancho Penasquitos, Carmel Valley, 4SRanch.

David Rumley, NYO Percussion Specialist

The New Youth Orchestra Percussion Specialist David Rumley
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 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, David maintains a large private studio here in San Diego, and performs on a nightly basis in and around the San Diego area.



Peter Dayeh
, NYO Woodwind Specialist

The New Youth Orchestra Woodwind Specialist Peter Dayeh
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.

In addition to his busy performance schedule, he is devoted to teaching the clarinet and enjoys volunteering his time at local schools, giving clarinet masterclasses and clinics. Peter has been involved with The New Youth Orchestra since its early beginnings, and is now part of the teaching staff as a wind specialist where he performs and coaches NYO members in the various level ensembles.


Molly Rubin
, NYO Woodwind Specialist

The New Youth Orchestra Woodwind Specialist Molly Rubin
Molly Rubin is a native of Napa, California, where her passion for the bassoon began and has since become a real passion in her life. At high school age, she received the highest training under the tutelage under Paul Hanson and Steve Paulson. Some of her early accomplishments include; performing the Weber Bassoon Concerto with the Pacific Chamber Orchestra in San Francisco, as well as with the Napa Valley Youth Symphony at the Lincoln Theater, awarded first place in the Napa Concerto Competition, second place in the Oakland Concerto Competition, and was the recipient of the Music in the Vineyards scholarship in spring 2009.

During the fall of 2009 she began her studies at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with Professor Bill Ludwig, pursuing a Bachelors of Music in Bassoon Performance as well as a Bachelors of Science in Business. During her four years at Indiana University, Molly has performed with almost every orchestra there, as well as the New Music Ensemble and the Wind Ensemble. She was also the founding member of an active woodwind quintet. Outside of school, she worked as a freelance musician with orchestras all over Indiana, as well as teaching beginning students. She completed her degrees in May 2013 and has relocated to San Diego.

Most recently, Molly has accepted a “Mentor” position with The New Youth Orchestra and has been actively performing and coaching during the 2013-2014 season, she is one of NYO’s newest teaching staff addition.



Francisco Bandin, NYO Brass Wind Specialist

New Youth Orchestra, San Diego, Youth Symphony Miguel Ramirez NYO Orchestra Conductor

Francisco Bandin NYO Brass Wind Specialist

Francisco Bandin is a full-time musician and teacher, who performs regularly in San Diego County. Originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, Francisco began his musical education as a singer and guitarist at an early age. Then he transitioned to the French horn while still in middle school. After high school he was accepted into the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 18 for the Musician Enlistment Option Program, which offers exceptional young men and women the opportunity to serve their nation while continuing to pursue their passion for music. As part of this program, he attended and completed the musical training at the Military School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia. After his training, he was stationed in San Diego in 2006, where he toured and performed with the Marine Band in numerous military ceremonies and civilian concerts, both locally and throughout the United States.

Since completing his service in the Marine Band and honorably discharged, Francisco continues to advance his training in music education at Southwestern College, where he has been a member of Mariachi Garibaldi, a world-renown performing ensemble under the direction of professor Dr. Jeff Nevin. This ensemble has given performances throughout the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Asia, including The Carnival Festival in Nice, France, and "World's Fair" in Shanghai and Beijing, China. Additionally, Francisco is currently a member of "Colour de George Villa Senor," a local band from San Diego under the musical direction of Adolfo Hernandez, where he is the lead singer and guitar player. 

Francisco Bandin is one of NYO New Youth Orchestra’s newest wind coach, who joined our staff in late Fall of the 2013 - 2014 season. NYO founders John, Miguel and Mario Ramirez consider Francisco to be an outstanding performer and teacher. They recognize and appreciate how he has greatly benefited the NYO organization through his dedication, knowledge and experience. NYO is looking forward to expanding his participation in our organization.

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Mario Ramirez

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