Alumni

Alumni win international competitions!

  • Mayumi Kanagawa (AYS concertmaster 2011/12 season) won first prize at the Jascha Heifetz International Violin Competition in Vilnius, Lithuania in February 2013.
  • Jeremy Berry (AYS principal viola 2010-11), as part of the Calidore String Quartet,  won prizes at the International ARD Munich String Quartet Competition and the 2nd Hamburg International String Quartet Competition in September 2012.
  • Nigel Armstrong (AYS Concertmaster seasons 2009-2011) won 4th Prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in June 2011.
  • Ken Hamao (AYS Concertmaster seasons 2003-2007) won 4th Prize at the Sion Competition in August 2011.

A significant number of alumni have joined the finest orchestras in the nation. Others enjoy successful careers in recording studios or on the faculties of prestigious schools. Their success speaks to the impact of our training program. Work on tracking our alumni is in progress. Please keep us informed by sending us a message. We value your updates!

ALABAMA SYMPHONY
Richard Cassarino, bass

ATLANTA SYMPHONY
Joseph McFadden, bass
Anna Spina, horn

AUCKLAND ORCHESTRA (New Zealand)
Sophia Acheson, viola

BERKELEY SYMPHONY
Franklyn d’Antonio, concertmaster &
…. orchestra manager

Rene Mandel, executive director
Cheonho Yoon, principal trumpet

BOSTON SYMPHONY
Rachel Childers, horn

CHICAGO SYMPHONY
Robert Chen, concertmaster
John Bruce Yeh, asst. principal clarinet
Karen Basrak, cello

CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA
Michael Sachs, principal trumpet
Richard Weiss, cello

COLORADO PHILHARMONIC
Sergei Vassiliev, principal clarinet

COLORADO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Nicholas Recuber, bass

DENMARK NATIONAL ORCHESTRA
Stanislav Zakrievski, violin

DETROIT SYMPHONY
Michael Ke Ma, bassoon
Peter McCaffrey, cello
Shannon Orme, clarinet
Hang Su, viola
Robert Williams, principal bassoon
Johanna Yarbrough, horn

ENSEMBLE ORCHESTRAL DE PARIS
Joel Sultanian viola

GRAND RAPID SYMPHONY
Joel Schekman, bass clarinet

KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
Maria Crosby, cello
Joseph Petrasek, associate principal percussion
Raymond Santos, principal clarinet

HOLLYWOOD BOWL ORCHESTRA
Tim Barr, principal bass
Nicole Bush, violin
Rose Corrigan, principal bassoon
Gregory Goodall, percussion
Armen Ksajikian, associate principal cello
Barry Newton, bass
Radu Pieptea, violin
Kaila Potts, associate principal viola
Marisa Sorajja, principal first violin

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Maia Jasper, violin
Armen Ksajikian, cello
Connie Kupka, violin
Damian Montano, bassoon
Searmi Park, violin
Steven Scharf, violin & personnel manager
David Washburn, trumpet

LOS ANGELES OPERA
Tamsen Beseke, violin
Marlow Fisher, viola
Mary Gale, clarinet
Gregory Goodall, timpani
Jennifer Johnsonoboe & english horn
Jenny Kim, horn
Daniel Kelley, horn
William May, bassoon
Jayme Miller, violin
David Stenske, associate concertmaster
Andrew Ulyate, trumpet
John Walz, cello
Mark Zimosky, percussion

LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC
Kazue Asawa-McGregor, piccolo & librarian
Raynor Carroll, principal percussion
Richard Elegino, viola
Jerry Epstein, viola
Barry Gold, cello
Michele Grego, bassoon
David Howard, clarinet
Ingrid Runde Hutman, viola
David Allen Moore, bass
Peter Rofe, bass
Arthur Royval, asst. principal viola
Brent Samuel, cello
Barry Socher, violin
Lawrence Sonderling, violin

MACAO ORCHESTRA (China)
Christian Goldsmith, principal trombone

MANCHESTER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Andrew Tang, viola

METROPOLITAN OPERA
Kari-Jane Docter, cello

MILWAUKEE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Ilana Setapen, associate concertmaster

MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA
Gregory Milliren, flute

NASHVILLE SYMPHONY
James Zimmerman, principal clarinet

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Paul DeNola, bass

NEW YORK CITY OPERA
Montgomery Hatch, percussion

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Michelle Kim, assistant concertmaster
Roger Nye, bassoon
Cynthia Phelps, principal viola
Sheryl Staples, associate concertmaster

OREGON SYMPHONY
Silu Fei, viola

PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA
Brook Speltz, cello

PHOENIX SYMPHONY
Viviana Cumplido, flute

SAN ANTONIO SYMPHONY
Marisa Bushman, viola
Martha Long, principal flute

SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY
Benjamin Jaber, principal horn
Rose Lombardo, principal flute
Julia Pautz, violin
Yao Zhao, principal cello

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY
Yun Chu, violin
Yun-Jie Liu, viola
Brian Marcus, bass
Bruce Roberts, horn

SEATTLE SYMPHONY
Sayaka Kokubo, viola

TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Gabrielle Castriotta, oboe
Laura Odegaard-Stoutenborough,
…. principal clarinet

Conrad Jones, trumpet

VANCOUVER SYMPHONY
Ryan Zwahlen, principal oboe

VIRGINIA SYMPHONY
Gabriel Campos Zamora, principal clarinet

RECORDING MUSICIANS
Ronald Clark, violin
Drew Dembowski, bass
Marcia Dickstein, harp
Lisa Edelstein, flute
Michael Ferril, violin
Valeria Geller, violin
Jerome Gordon, viola
Justin Hageman, horn
Rhonni Hallman, violin
Dylan Hart, horn
Israel Heller, violin
Lars Hoef, cello
Ameena Khawaja, cello
Michele Kikuchi, violin
Katie Kirkpatrick, harp
Mary Ann Lakatos, cello
Roger Lebow, cello
Tawnee Lillo, horn
Ada Lis, flute
Horia Moroaica, violin
Barbara Northcutt, oboe
Grace Park, violin
Laura Pearson, viola
Ray Reinebach, violin
Geraldine Rotella, flute
Audrey Solomon, violin
Rodney Wirtz, viola

I first heard about AYS from alumnus and principal trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra, Michael Sachs, who has also been one of my most influential teachers.  Upon moving to LA this past summer, I became familiar with the prestigious reputation of this orchestra from colleagues and friends around town- it definitely sounded like an amazing group to be a part of!”

                   - Conrad Jones, 23, Colburn Conservatory, principal trumpet