Orchestra Conductors & Artistic Staff

Mario Ramirez - Cellist & NYO Program Executive Director

NYO Chamber Music 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 20 years, Mario has previously lived, performed and taught in the  Boston area as a professional cellist. He has been traveling to San  Diego acting as NYO Chamber Ensembles Director since the NYO's  conception.

John Ramirez - Violinist & NYO Program Artistic Director

Orchestra Conductors for NYO Elite Symphony, NYO San Diego Premier Symphony, 

NYO Concert Band & NYO San Diego Select Wind Ensemble


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 Orchestra - NYO New Youth Orchestra Program, John Ramirez  developed the Concert Strings, Concert Orchestra and Debut Strings (now  Overture Strings) for the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory.  Since John's departure from San Diego Youth Symphony, the training  orchestra's that the Ramirez family created exist in name only at SDYS.  At this time, John and his fathers unique and proprietary multi-tiered  orchestra training program now resides and is thriving at The New Youth  Orchestra organization.


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 San Diego Youth Orchestra - NYO New Youth Orchestra Program in Sorrento Valley as he works along side NYO artistic staff who are superb music teachers and musicians., 

Miguel Ramirez - Violinist & NYO Program Conductor

Conductor NYO Junior Elite Symphony & NYO Orchestra 1

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 Orchestra - NYO New Youth Orchestra Program 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 San Diego Youth Orchestra -  NYO New Youth Orchestra Program - in Sorrento Valley. 

Jesus Jimenez, Violinist & NYO Program String Specialist

Advance Chamber Music Program Coach

The future is certainly bright for Jesus Jimenez, San Diego’s most  promising upcoming musician. Considered to be a virtuoso violinist,  master conductor and inspiring teacher. From an early age, many  accomplished musicians and teachers who surrounded him acknowledged his  great talents and recognized him as a musical prodigy.

Though he was raised from very humble beginnings, his talent brought  about great opportunities. Through joining groups such as Mariachi  Juvenil Mi Mexico and Southwestern High School mariachi, he was allowed  to naturally develop as a musician, drawing upon traditional Mexican  music which allowed him to flourish technically and musically in his  unique way.

At age 14, Jesus changed course, pursuing classical music after having  been accepted to study with John Ramirez, a prominent violin teacher in  San Diego.  Soon after, many opportunities came about, including a full  scholarship to San Diego’s premier private high school, Francis Parker  School, where he received advance string training as the top performer  and received the highest awards the school offered, including  “Outstanding Musicianship Award,” “Francis Parker Recognition Award,”  and “Music Award.”

He has also garnered top prizes and orchestra placements at the San  Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, as well as solo performances with  the Southwestern College Symphony, and Mexico’s FESTA Symphony in  Guadalajara, performing at the Teatro Degollado. He has been a regular  honored resident student member of the Rocky Ridge Music Center festival  in Estes Park, Colorado. 

As he has developed into a mature performer, his great talents have been  recognized. Jesus was awarded a full scholarship to Point Loma Nazarene  University where he is completing his Instrumental Performance Degree  while studying under violin professor, Dr. Philip Tyler.

His dream to become a professional musician is being realized as he is  now vice president of the Escuela de Musica, a successful enrichment  music program in San Diego. In addition, he was recently appointed NYO  artistic staff member as an advanced chamber coach, conductor for the  2016-2017 season, and was recently appointed the coordinator for the new  “Estrella Music Program,”  a community enrichment program sponsored by  the New Youth Orchestra and the Escuela de Musica. This program will  provide advanced music training to talented under-privileged young  musicians in San Diego county.

Jesus is a founding member of the NYO New Youth Orchestra program  starting as a student member since 2012. Now he holds a artistic staff  position as a Advanced Chamber Music Program Coach and will be  integrated as a conductor for the 2016-2017 season.

David Rumley - Percussionist & NYO Percussion Specialist

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 SDYS 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, he maintains a large private studio  here in San Diego, and performs on a nightly basis in and around the San  Diego area. David is a  founding member of San Diego Youth Orchestra -  NYO New Youth Orchestra Program.

Peter Dayeh - Clarinetist & NYO Program Woodwind Specialist

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.