Youth orchestra suspends after dispute with city – The San Diego Union-Tribune

A teen-run orchestra in San Marcos seems to be calling it quits after a feud with the city over practice space, opting to stop the music rather than comply with city requirements like having a background-checked adult in the room.

It’s a disappointing end for the 10-year-old San Marcos Youth Orchestra, which provided violin and cello lessons to a couple dozen children a year. The free instruction came from high school students, many of whom had themselves once been rookie members of the group.

The problem is rooted in the orchestra’s refusal to meet newly imposed requirements to use city space. Doing so, the group’s teen president said, would have run counter to the mission of being led by kids.

Jeremy Yu, the 17-year-old president, sent an email announcing that the orchestra had been suspended, noting that he “personally cannot and will not betray SMYO’s original vision and mission” of being run by youth volunteers.


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