Isabel Thiroux, director of orchestra operations,
Alice Dutton, interim executive director,
Lea Pandy, development associate,
Huck Walton, programs and admin manager,
Max Mueller, share-a-stand lead instructor, 

Alice Dutton
Interim Executive Director

Alice is currently serving as Interim Executive Director of the American Youth Symphony, where she is beginning her eighth season as a senior staff member. Throughout her years at AYS, Alice has worked to cultivate a community of music lovers that reflects the vibrant diversity of the city of Los Angeles. Toward this end, she has spearheaded projects that engage new audiences, send AYS musicians to underserved classrooms, and bring hundreds of local students to AYS concerts.

Alice graduated from New College of Florida in 2007 with a degree in Humanities.


Isabel Thiroux
Director of Orchestra Operations

Isabel Thiroux has been with the American Youth Symphony since she first joined the viola section in 2001. After seven years in the orchestra, she “graduated” to working in the office, becoming Orchestra Manager in 2010 and Director of Orchestra Operations in 2015.

Ms. Thiroux studied viola at CSU, Long Beach with LA Philharmonic violist John Hayhurst and maintains an active career as a freelance violist performing regularly around the Los Angeles area.

Lea Pandy
Development Associate

Lea joined the AYS staff in September 2017. She is a clarinetist and passionate about supporting music and arts in general. Originally from the suburbs of Los Angeles, Lea spent a few years in New York City teaching clarinet to teens and adults as well as engaging support for music education, by working in the development departments at The Kaufman Music Center and Interschool Orchestras of New York. Prior to her time in New York City, Lea received her Bachelors degree in Clarinet Performance from Peabody Conservatory. When Lea isn’t practicing or in the office, she loves to cook and create new recipes for her food and music blog.

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Max Mueller
Lead Instructor, Share-A-Stand program

Max Mueller is a cellist, composer, and music educator. He first became involved with AYS in 2010, working with David Newman to edit the scores of the Goldsmith III concert. He has been an active consultant ever since, and officially joined the staff in January 2016, taking a leadership role in expanding the “Share a Stand” program, bringing AYS musicians to music classes in underserved middle schools.