2016/17 concert dates, audition information, new Music Director, and more!
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Music Director Carlos Izcaray, with AYS Musicians
From Left: Yu-Ting Wu, Coleman Itzkoff, Katie Velasquez,
Emma McAllister, Zach Pulse, and Sequoyah Sugiyama

Photo by Philip Holahan

2016/17 Dates and Highlights:

Music Director Carlos Izcaray and the AYS Artistic Committee are currently in the process of finalizing details for next season. For now, mark your calendars for these select concert dates:


October 16, 2016 - Royce Hall
October 30, 2016 - LACMA
November 12, 2016 - Royce Hall
February 12, 2017 - Royce Hall (Morning and Evening Concerts)
March 11, 2017 - Walt Disney Concert Hall
April 22, 2017 - Royce Hall

Additional dates and locations to be announced!

Program Highlights:

MAHLER: Symphony No. 1 Titan
STRAVINSKY: Rite of Spring
RACHMANINOFF: Symphonic Dances
KORNGOLD: Violin Concerto (featuring Rachel Ostler)
BLOCH: Schelomo; Hebraic Rhapsody (featuring Coleman Itzkoff)
ALAN SILVESTRI: Back to the Future -- the entire score, live to picture!
and the first AYS "Vivaldi to Video Games" concert

The following musicians are leaving AYS to continue their education, and advance their careers:


Concertmaster Philip Marten has accepted a position with the Kansas City Symphony.
Katie Velasquez has been appointed Principal Flute with the Midland Odessa Symphony and Chorale in Texas.
Associate Concertmaster Rachel Ostler will begin pursuing a Master of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance at Yale this Fall.
Sequoyah Sugiyama (viola), Iona Batchelder (cello), and Alexis Colner (harp), will be continuing their studies at the Juilliard School.
Celia Daggy (viola) and Christine Lee (violin) will be freshman at Boston University and the University of Michigan (respectively).

Brian Cannady, Sukyung Chun, Amy Gollins, Deborah KimAndrzej Kunecki,
Kathryn Norring, and Steven Warren will also be moving on to pursue other projects.

We wish the best of luck to all of these musicians! We are proud to list you among our esteemed alumni, and we can't wait to see what the future brings for all of you!


Audition Application is Available Now!

The American Youth Symphony is dedicated to the artistic development of a new generation of musicians. Our competitive Fellowship program provides a per-concert stipend and tuition-free training, focused on the study and performance of the canon of classical masterworks, as well as cutting-edge new music and legendary film scores. During their time with AYS, fellows enhance their musical growth, experiment, study, engage with their community, work with top guest artists and composers, develop crucial leadership skills, and perform sold-out concerts in the most prestigious venues in Los Angeles.

The program is open to all experienced orchestral musicians ages 15-27. Blind auditions ensure that acceptance is based purely on merit; and, as part of our long standing commitment to eliminating all financial barriers for our students, there will never be any fee to audition.

The following positions are open, however, we welcome players from all sections at our annual auditions:

Concertmaster  /  Asst. Concertmaster  /  Assoc. Concertmaster  /  
1st and 2nd Violin Section  /  Asst. Principal Viola  /  Viola Section  /  
Asst. Principal Cello  /  Cello Section  /  Asst. Principal Bass  /  
Bass Section  /  Section Percussion  /  Principal Flute  /  
2nd Oboe  /  Contrabassoon  /  Horn 2 & 4  /  
Principal Trombone  /  Piano

Audition Information and Application 

Audition dates will fall between late August and mid September.
For questions, email Director of Orchestra Operations, Isabel Thiroux.

Meet the Music Director!

On May 25th, AYS announced the appointment of a new Music Director, Maestro Carlos Izcaray (also Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra). Our new Maestro is already underway making plans for next season, and will take up the baton at our opening concert on October 16th at Royce Hall!

We are also excited to announce the selection of our new Resident Conductor, Maestro Juan Felipe Molano, who is known to local audiences as the conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's YOLA.

We can't wait for our musicians and audiences to get to know these two incredibly talented artists and educators! You can learn more about Maestros Izcaray and Molano, and our esteemed search committee, by reading our official announcement.

Special Offer: Long Beach Opera is offering discounted tickets to AYS patrons for their production of The News!

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