Highlights from 2016!
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2016 has been an exciting year at the American Youth Symphony!
From rewarding partnerships with guest artists and conductors featured this spring, to the announcement of Maestro Carlos Izcaray as Music Directer in May, to his inaugural October concert, followed by the amazing experience of Back to the Future conducted by David Newman in November. Not to mention performing at the star-studded AFI Gala honoring film music legend John Williams this summer!

As we wrap up this busy year, we wanted to look back and share a few highlights:

In the News
    LA Times - Rave Review of "Heaven, Earth, Mankind" Concert
    Variety - AYS Performs at AFI Gala to Honor John Williams
    Robert McDuffie Plays Philip Glass' American Four Seasons
    Carlos Izcaray conducts Coleman Itzkoff, Schrecker's Schelomo
Audio - 
    James Conlon conducts: SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 1 and
    STRAUSS Also Sprach Zarathustra
    KUSC Sunday's Live, October 30, 2016
    Meet the Music Director Podcast

Help Us Reach Our Year-End Goal

We are so grateful that you are part of our community, and as you consider your year-end giving, we ask you to make a gift to AYS.

Music has an amazing ability to bring people together, it crosses all lines and transcends all boundaries; and in year like this, that is something as rare as it is necessary. Show your support for the beauty, camaraderie, joy, and healing power of classical music with a gift to support the great work and mission of the American Youth Symphony.

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Thank you for your support! 
We wish you a happy holiday season!

Want to learn more about the programs, mission, and growth of the American Youth Symphony? All that and more can be found in our 2015/16 Annual Report

We know this is a busy time of year, so if you don't have time to read it all right now, here are two quick highlights to show how we've grown over the past few years:


Historic Gift from Sarah Coade Mandell
and Peter Mandell

This December, we are honored to announce the largest gift in the American Youth Symphony's 52-year history: one million dollars from Peter Mandell and Sarah Coade Mandell.

This donation supports the AYS Strategic Plan, and will allow us to deepen our programmatic scope and community outreach efforts. This landmark gift will also fund the Korngold Commission Project (inspired by the Korngold Violin Concerto), which will allow AYS to commission a prominent film composer to create a new work for solo instrument and orchestra, every one to two seasons. Not only will this project generate exciting new works that will live far beyond their debut with AYS, they will also create opportunities for mentorship between world-renowned soloists and rising stars within the greater Los Angeles community.

Sarah Coade Mandell and Peter Mandell, who first met as students at the Idyllwild School of Music and Arts (ISOMATA), are both classically trained musicians and long-time supporters of the American Youth Symphony. Peter, a bassoonist, investor, and Managing Partner of QRMS, LLC joined our Board of Directors in 2012, and his tenure as Board Secretary has seen a 54% growth in revenue and 110% increase in concert attendance. Sarah, a cellist and double bassist, and Managing Partner of a family investment and financial services office, joined the AYS Advisory Council in 2015, alongside industry luminaries such as conductor and composer, Esa-Pekka Salonen; violinist, Sarah Chang; NY Phil’s VP of Artistic Planning, Ed Yim; and pianist, Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

Sarah and Peter may be best known to the classical music community for founding The Mandell Collection of Southern California, which lends instruments to young musicians, helping to further their professional studies and careers. The Mandells are also the founders of “Hardly Strictly Classical,” a concert series offered free to the public.  Hardly Strictly Classical has sponsored American Youth Symphony special performances featuring Sarah Chang (2015), and Mandell Collection Artist Simone Porter (2016).

Their commitment to supporting young musicians and presenting free concerts aligns so clearly with the mission of the American Youth Symphony, it is no wonder they count among our most loyal and generous supporters. We could not be more grateful for their leadership, passion, and inspiring support.

Thank you, Sarah and Peter!

Still not sure what to get the grandkids
(or grandparents) for the holidays?
Nothing says "I love you AND classical music"
like an AYS t-shirt, hoodie, or coffee mug:

Visit our Society6 store to find t-shirts and hoodies in a variety of colors, coffee mugs, tote bags, and much more!

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