Inaugural Advisory Council
AYS is thrilled to announce its inaugural Advisory Council. This Council will serve as an invaluable resource for the AYS Board of Directors, staff, and talented musicians of the AYS orchestra.
We are deeply honored to count these esteemed industry professionals as advisors and know their impact on the future of AYS will be as profound as the effect they have each had on the industry as a whole.
"When I was approached about joining the new Advisory Council for the
American Youth Symphony, I knew immediately that I wanted to be involved.
I have been performing regularly with AYS since the beginning of my career,
and have been consistently blown away by the talent, focus, and precision
of these young musicians. I consider it a privilege to support and mentor
the next generation; they are the future of classical music." â€“ Sarah Chang
Sarah Coade Mandell
Philanthropist; Managing Partner, QRMS, LLC;
Studio and Orchestral Double Bassist
Dean, University of Southern California Thornton School of Music
President, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
â€œI couldnâ€™t be more truthful in acknowledging the role of [AYS]
in my musical upbringing and the role [Co-Founder and
Music Director Mehli Mehta] played as a teacher and mentor.
I have so many of those hours in that rehearsal room imprinted
in my memory and his words and actions were powerful in guiding
me in those and the following years. I attribute my understanding of
the musical world to his early guidance, more than the teachers
before or after." â€“ Deborah Rutter
Composer and Conductor
Chief Operating Officer, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Vice President of Artistic Planning, New York Philharmonic