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First Concert in Less Than 3 Weeks,
Come Meet Our New Music Director!

Sunday, October 16, 2016, 5pm, - Royce Hall

Carlos Izcaray, conductor
Coleman Itzkoff, cello (concerto competition winner)

Schreker: Vorspiel zu einem Drama
Bloch: Schelomo - Hebraic Rhapsody 
Mahler: Symphony No.1 "Titan"

Tickets: Free  /  Reserve Online Now!

Join us Sunday, October 16 at 5pm in UCLA’s Royce Hall, as we inaugurate our 2016/17 concert season with a performance featuring compositions by Schreker and Bloch, as well as Mahler's groundbreaking first symphony.

This will be our first concert with newly-appointed Music Director Carlos Izcaray at the podium, and we are thrilled to introduce him to our community with this challenging and exciting program, selected to highlight the prowess of our exceptional musicians.

Principal Cellist, Coleman Itzkoff, heralded as “virtuosic” by the LA Times for his performance of Heaven Earth Mankind with AYS last spring, will be featured in Bloch's Schelomo, as winner of our 2016 Concerto Competition.

Also on the program is Franz Schreker's 1913 Vorspiel zu einem Drama. Popular in its day, this piece was lost to history for decades, until the Recovered Voices series (which performs works by composers whose work was suppressed by the Nazi regime) brought about renewed interest in Schreker's work.

Join us for this extraordinary evening of music to kick-off our 52nd season!
Reserve complementary tickets online, or by phone at 310.470.2332

Announcing our 2016/17 Orchestra:

After a fantastic round of auditions with our new Music Director and Resident Conductor, we are thrilled to announce the names of the inspiring young talents who make up our 2016/17 orchestra. 

Thank you to our esteemed audition panelists for lending their expertise to this process!

Special welcome to our new orchestra members, highlighted in blue.

Gallia Kastner, concertmaster
     The David Frisina Concertmaster Chair
Emerson Millar, associate concertmaster
Chandler Yu, assitant concertmaster
     The James & Ilene Nathan Assistant Concertmaster Chair
Tiffany Chung
Yuiko Grace Nakano
Margeaux Maloney
Nicole Sauder
Goeun Shin
Jessica Livermore
Stephanie Pak
Aubree Oliverson
Jaimee Cao
Laura Bedol

Natalie Yu, principal
    The Sheldon Schrager Principal Second Violin Chair
Justin Woo, assistant principal
Jonathan Tang
Emma McAllister
Elba Palomo
JooHwi Kim
Cassie Borish
Stephanie Spencer
    The Guillaume Sutre Second Violin Chair
Kate Ezawa*

Laura Jesson, principal
Georgi Dimitrov, assistant principal
Taichiroh Kanauchi
Alexandre Lee
Seulgee Park
Keila Huss
     The Richard Rintoul Viola Chair
Carson Rick
     The Carol Heather Goldsmith Viola Chair
Julian Seney
Annaliese Reed
Cameron Audras
Alec Santamaria
Rebecca Bacich
Michelle LaJoie*
Valerie Wiley*

Coleman Itzkoff, principal
     The Bonnie Hartman Principal Cello Chair
Dong Nyouk Sunrise Kim, assistant principal
     The Lisa & Michael Gaines Assistant Principal Cello Chair
Annie Hyung
Tracy Lang
     The James H. Warsaw Cello Chair
Daniel Lim
     The Anne Warsaw Cello Chair, In Honor of Her 100th Birthday
Pierre Derycz
Bryant Gozali
Ryan Choi
Niall Ferguson
Nicholas Castano
David Mason*
Logan Hodgson*

Spencer Baldwin, principal
     The Sidney Stern Memorial Trust Principal Bass Chair
Hayden Joyce, assistant principal
Timothy Jensen
Freddy Hernandez
Sean O’Hara
     The Bradley & Stephanie Penenberg Bass Chair
Mark Gutierrez
David Bowman
Ema Jordan
Nick DeLaurentis*

Catherine Baker, principal
     The Janneke Straub Principal Flute Chair
Devan Jaquez
Christie Glaser*

William Yeh

Zachary Pulse, principal
     The Gretchen & Randy Newman Principal Oboe Chair
Laura Arganbright
Sarah Minneman*
Breana Gilcher*

Marissa Honda
     The Benny & Liliana Brittan English Horn Chair
Michelle Feng*

Taylor Marino, principal
The Steven Linder & Michael Hanel Principal Clarinet Chair
Sérgio Coelho
Ryan Toher*

Signe Somer
     The Helgard Field Clarinet Chair
Eric Abramovitz*

Angelo Quail

Lieza Hansen, co-principal
         The Sarah & Peter Mandell Principal Bassoon Chair
Jennifer Lane, co-principal

Andy Favorito*

Julian Zheng, principal
     Christine & Thomas Frisina Principal Horn Chair
Anna Lenhart, assistant principal
Christian Thomas
Aija Mattson
Melia Badalian
Weston McCall*
Gregory Ruest*
Rachel O’Connor*

Hayato Tanaka, acting principal
Nicholas Robson
Bryce Schmidt*
Everett Kelly*

Michael Dolin, principal
Daniel Lawlor

Robinson Schulze
     The Gretchen & Randy Newman Bass Trombone Chair

Joseph Mora, principal

Wesley Strasser, principal
     The Annie Gross Principal Timpani Chair

Brice Burton, principal
     The Henry Brittan & Maxwell Siemons Principal Percussion Chair
Ethan Ahmad
Charlie Rosmarin
Michael Daley
Matthew Richards*
Jennifer Marasti*
Caleb Connor*

Elisabeth Zosseder
     The Lois Rosen Harp Chair
Caroline Hales*
Ruriko Terada*

Alexander Zhu*
     The Dretzka Family Piano Chair
† vacant position

Final Audition Date: 

For the open positions noted above (violins, 3rd bassoon/contra, principal trumpet and piano), we are holding one final audition on Thursday, October 13, 2016, from 4-7pm.

Apply to audition today!

Tickets on sale NOW for
Back to the Future!

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - Royce Hall

David Newman, conductor
Jon Burlingame, host
Alan Silvestri, composer

Alan Silvestri: Back to the Future score

Tickets: $15  for the General Public and FREE for Members
Reserve now!

Q&A and Concert - 7pm, 7:30pm

Great Scott! AYS is going back to the future, with Maestro David Newman leading the orchestra through Alan Silvestri’s propulsive score for this time-travel blockbuster. Join us for a thrilling live-to-screen performance, and experience this classic film in a whole new way! Concert preceded by a Q&A with Alan Silvestri himself, moderated by film music journalist and historian Jon Burlingame. Concert & Q&A Tickets: $15

Fundraiser Dinner - 5pm:

Support AYS at a Back to the Future themed fête, where you can rub elbows with composer Alan Silvestri, Maestro David Newman, and other industry luminaries. The ideal way to set the mood for a thrilling evening of music and cinema! Dinner packages start at just $350!
Reserve for dinner, concert and after-party online, or by calling 310-470-2332

After-Party - 10:30pm:

Party like it’s 1985 at our “Enchantment Under the Sea Dance”, featuring live DJ, stocked bar, and all-American fare, including LA's famous Pink's Hotdogs. Concert+Party tickets start at just $45! Just select the $45 seats on the ticket map, the after-party is included!

Click here for our full season schedule!

Want to get more involved? Three Options:
Become a member

Be part of a vibrant, philanthropic community that makes extraordinary concerts accessible to everyone in Los Angeles, while providing landmark training to the next generation of concert artists. Members are invited to special events and performances, get the best seats at Royce Hall, wine and dine at post-concert receptions, enjoy exclusive discounts, and more!

If you are not yet a member, or it's time for you to renew, give today to secure benefits for the entire season! Membership starts at $60 per-person, per-year, and can be paid annually, quarterly, or monthly. Learn more, or donate now!

Join the AYS Vanguard

Since 2014, the AYS Vanguard Young Professionals Council has been an invaluable resource and artistic "think-tank" for this organization. Open to music fans in their 20s-40s from all industries and walks of life, the Vanguard meets for drinks and appetizers 3 or more times per season to brainstorm about new projects, and help manifest the future of the American Youth Symphony.
There are no dues or fees to participate.

As we begin our new season, we look forward to welcoming new Vanguard members! If you think you might be interested in joining, email Alice Dutton for more information.


At concerts and events, rehearsals, and even in the office, the work of AYS is supported by a dedicated corps of volunteers. If you'd like to find out how you can help, email Alice Dutton to be kept in-the-loop about future volunteer opportunities. 

Meet our newest staff member
Development & Audience Relations Coordinator
Delaney Wessel

Delaney Wessel is a former oboe player and lifelong supporter of the arts, and is now in her first week as Development and Audience Relations Coordinator at AYS. She earned her BA in music from the University of Nebraska in 2010 and her MA in German from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2012. She previously worked for the Southern Illinois Symphony and SI Music Festival, as well as Arts Incorporated, the umbrella organization for the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra and Lincoln Municipal Band. 

Delaney spent this summer backpacking in the California desert and is active in the Los Angeles bicycling community. She is excited to meet our audience on October 16th, so make sure to say "hello!"

The AYS Office has Moved!

As of June 29, 2016, the AYS Office has moved to a new location:

5150 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 506
Los Angeles, CA 90036

All other contact information remains the same.

We're loving life in Miracle Mile,
and look forward to hearing from you at our new address! 

5150 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 506 Los Angeles, CA 90036

(310) 470 - 2332 |
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