AYS at LACMA this Sunday!
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This Sunday - 6pm


October 25, 2015
LACMA’s Bing Theater

Philip Marten, violin
Chiai Tajima, violin 
Laura Jesson, viola
Sequoyah Sugiyama, viola
Coleman Itzkoff, cello
Iona Batchelder, cello 

STRAUSS: Sextet for Strings from Capriccio 
DVOŘÁK: String Quintet in E-flat Major

AYS returns to LACMA’s Sundays LIVE to feature principal AYS string players. This joyful chamber music concert showcases the caliber of AYS musicians with beloved works by Richard Strauss and Antonín Dvořák.

Free Concert | No Reservations Necessary

*Members will be seated first! Just line up by the AYS Member sign*

Member seating begins at 5:30 | General seating begins at 5:45

Coming up next:

Emmanuel Villaume, conductor
Andrew von Oeyen, piano

RAVEL: Menuet antique
GERSHWIN: Second Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra
RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G Major

Distinguished French Maestro Emmanuel Villaume leads AYS in a “sea” of French and American music. The orchestra will perform Debussy’s La mer, which has become one of his most admired works, as well as Ravel’s Minuet antique and Henri Lazarof’s Poema. Critically acclaimed concert pianist Andrew von Oeyon joins the orchestra for Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G and Gershwin’s sensational Second Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra.

Free Concert! Reserve Now
Members, reserve through the
Members Page

2016 Concerto Competition

Announcing the American Youth Symphony’s 2016 Concerto Competition! The winner will receive a $1000 scholarship, and the opportunity to solo with AYS during the 2016/17 concert season.

This competition is open to all current AYS members (all instruments welcome), and applications will be accepted now through December 15, 2015. Don’t miss this great opportunity!

Competition Details and Application

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.


Sarah Chang
Concert violinist

"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."
– Sarah Chang

Sarah Coade Mandell
Philanthropist; Managing Partner, QRMS, LLC;
Studio and Orchestral Double Bassist

Robert Cutietta
Dean, University of Southern California Thornton School of Music

Deborah Rutter
President, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

“I couldn’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." –
Deborah Rutter

Alan Silvestri
Composer and Conductor

Chad Smith
Chief Operating Officer, Los Angeles Philharmonic

Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Concert pianist

Edward Yim
Vice President of Artistic Planning, New York Philharmonic

Photos from
Star Trek Into Darkness
Concert & Dinner Party

Michael Giacchino and Jon Burlingame
David Newman conducts
AYS performs Star Trek Into Darkness live to picture
Michael Giacchino conducts "Inside Out" encore in rehearsal
Cnncertmaster Philip Marten
Jon Burlingame, Michael Giacchino, and David Newman
AYS Staff: Varina Bleil, Alice Dutton, Matisse Geenty, and Isabel Thiroux
Photography by Philip Holahan. Check out the full album!
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