Meet our Summer Interns

As part of the LA County Arts Commission’s Summer Internship Program, AYS is joined by two local students this summer, Marisa Fuse and Jackson Spargur. We’re thrilled to have them with us, and excited to introduce them to you!

Public Relations Intern, Marisa Fuse

Hometown: Tempe, Arizona  |  Age: 19
School: University of Southern California
Major: International Relations; Law, History, and Culture

How did you become interested in classical music?
I have been playing the flute for nine years and took music history classes in high school. But I  have always loved how classical music has the power to move you both physically and emotionally. Though I do not play classically at USC, I am still actively involved in music through the Trojan Marching Band. 

What are you most excited to work on with AYS this summer?
I was very excited to be involved with an organization that gives back to the community through music. I was able to attend the Musician Citizen concert in May and loved how active AYS was in talking about issues that affect Angelenos. 

Name a favorite piece of classical music, and a favorite piece of non-classical music:
My favorite classical piece is “Jupiter” from Gustav Holst’s “The Planets”. It was the last classical piece I played in high school and happened to be one of my favorites. In terms of non-classical pieces, is “the Imitation Game Suite” by Alexandre Desplat from the Imitation Game. It’s such an emotional piece that is captivating from start to finish.

Besides working at AYS, what are you doing for fun this Summer?
I am a part of the Trojan Marching Band, so I will be doing different gigs and shows on the weekends. It is great way to get to know other musicians with other majors and interests, while still having the unifying factor of music. 


Programs Intern, Jackson Spargur

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA  |  Age: 22
School: Bard Conservatory of Music
Major: Music Composition

How did you become interested in classical music?
When I was five I started taking violin lessons, but I think my interest in that must have come from my parents playing classical music in the house.

What are you most excited to work on with AYS this summer?
I was really excited to see my composition teacher on one of the concert programs, so I’m looking forward to writing about her music.

Name a favorite piece of classical music, and a favorite piece of non-classical music:
The Blind Leaving The Blind by Chris Thile, and Only Skin by Joanna Newsom

Besides working at AYS, what are you doing for fun this Summer?
I’m recording a cover album with a high school friend, we’re doing Hiatus Kaiyote, Vulfpeck, and Corinne Bailey Rae.


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Our thanks to the LA County Arts Commission for the great opportunities this program provides for both local students and arts organizations!