The San Diego Young Artists Symphony was established February 1995 by the late maestro Louis Campiglia as a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide music students the opportunity to study, enjoy, and perform challenging symphonic repertoire. Campiglia's professional leadership developed a musical environment that incorporated standards of excellence similar to a conservatory.

The orchestra was honored by the City of El Cajon, a recipient of its 2004-2005 Magnolia Award for Best Performance Group of the Year. The Young Artists and training ensembles are a rich experience offering a solution to California's decline in music education.

YAS is currently the orchestra-in-residence at Mesa College under the baton of maestra Mary Gerard.

YAS sponsors three training orchestras: Fiddle ā€˜nā€™ Bow, Winds ā€˜nā€™ Brass, Con Brio, and Suzuki Strings, conducted by Hernan Constantino, Jill Coady, and Jane Frey.These programs instruct less experienced players in the fundamentals of ensemble performance and emphasize the joy of music. Here they build concert awareness, etiquette, and concentration.

YAS musicians develop concentration, focus, pride, and values that reward them with life-time disciplines, memories of talented friends, a rich repertoire, and creative leadership. We are building skills and learning tools for strong futures within the music medium. Today's student can be tomorrow's professional musician. We feel a responsibility to future generations that global symphonic literature continues to triumph as a nourishing universal language.

YAS is funded primarily by tuition, concert good-will offerings, by gifts from individuals and corporations, and by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.