As we look to the days and weeks ahead, we'd like to update you on how we will move forward with instruction at this time. The terms of the current Stay At Home Order supersede the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy which previously allowed for day camps to continue operations, and the pandemic is at its peak (if you would like further information on the current status, please visit the county's Coronavirus website). San Diego numbers are higher than they've ever been before, and new federal data shows San Diego County had the fourth most coronavirus cases and deaths in the past week compared to all other U.S. counties.
As an organization, we have a responsibility to follow state orders and, most importantly, ensure the safety of our students and instructors. The board of directors met today to discuss the situation and determined that it is necessary to continue classes online at this time. We will assess the impact of the virus in our region on a monthly basis, and determine whether to proceed online or in person every four weeks. 

We are working on ways to enhance the online experience and look forward to providing you updates on special instruction opportunities and master classes. Living through this pandemic is hard on all of us, and we understand how disappointing it is for our students to not be able to play music together. We are all in this together, and we will get through it together. 
We are thankful for you and our instructors for your continued understanding and support.

Students and families can follow and view our class calendar for up-to-date changes.

YLJC’s response to COVID-19 has been (and will continue to be) strategic and focused on safety. The pandemic crisis is far from over but we are proud to be able to bring some joy and a sense of normalcy to our students and families with the return of in-person classes. As the environment around us continues to change, so will we. We are continuing to update our classrooms safety standards and equipment and, if needed, we are ready to move back to online classes – but we’re hopeful that won’t be the case.
November 27, 2020

The board made the important decision to hold classes ONLINE for two weeks AFTER Thanksgiving break. With the surge in COVID cases county wide and the risk of exposure over the Thanksgiving holiday we feel that this is the safest approach. We will re-evaluate during Winter Break to determine which format we will move to in January, 2021. Please expect a decision before January 1st.  Students and families can follow and view our class calendar for up-to-date changes.

September 6, 2020

In-person classes resume with safety measures in place.

Young Lions Jazz Conservatory had our reopening plan reviewed by the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services, and we were informed that our plan is very thorough and meets the State and local protocols to resume in-person classes – we are so excited to have our students back in the classroom!

Thank you to our board and instructors for getting the classroom prepared and creating a safe environment. We have everything in place – temperature checks, symptom screener, extra masks on hand, fans, hand sanitizer, industrial air filter, vinyl partitions for wind players, and lots and lots of disinfecting spray and wipes. We will continue to improve safety measures as needed and monitor the health and safety of our students and instructors.

We ask that everyone please continue to social distance and wear your mask. We don’t want anyone getting sick, and we want our students to be able to continue to play music together in person, so please follow safety guidelines and stay well… do it for the kids!

August 29, 2020

Fall semester starts – Online

August 1-28, 2020

Preparations made for online classes. Strategic plan created and executed for the potential return to in-person classes.

July 6 - 31, 2020

Summer Workshop Online that included amazing faculty, masterclasses, and different attendance options to suit every interest. It was a HUGE success!

June 13, 2020

End-Of-Year All-Ensemble Showcase 2020 – Online.  See Some Of The Videos Here.

June 12, 2020

New website launched.

May 20,2020

We announced our 2020 Summer Workshop – Online

May 3, 2020

 We launched Jazz Explorations with Gilbert Castellanos, a weekly online series for our students and community. Each week there were discussions on a wide variety of jazz topics as well as master classes with world-renowned artists and special guest panelists. Watch some past Jazz Explorations here.

March 21, 2020

YLJC moved all of its classes online, and we only missed one week of classes in the transition! Read More.  In addition to weekly class meetings, ensembles recorded separate videos (mostly using cell phones) of themselves playing from home, and then they put those videos together to create a virtual ensemble. See Some of the Videos Here.