QUESTION FROM THE AYS AUDIENCE

“Were there female composers before the modern era?”
– Katherine, Pacific Palisades

The short answer is yes! While the classical music landscape has long been dominated by male artists, there have been female composers throughout history whose works are still played today (and likely many more whose contributions have been lost).

Here is a brief and incomplete list of a few notable women from classical music history:

HILDEGARD VON BINGEN (1098–1179)

Also known as Saint Hildegard and Sibyl of the Rhine, Hildegard was a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, and polymath. She is considered to be the founder of scientific natural history in Germany. A composer of Christian music, over 70 of her original works survive to this day, comprising one of the largest repertoires of any medieval composer.

FRANCESCA CACCINI (1587–1641)

An Italian composer, singer, lutenist, poet, and music teacher of the early Baroque era, Francesca wrote music for at least sixteen staged works. Her only surviving work, La liberazione di Ruggiero, is widely considered the oldest opera by a female composer.

FANNY MENDELSSOHN (1805-1847)

Sister of the composer Felix Mendelssohn, Fanny composed over 460 pieces of music, including several books of solo piano works. A number of her songs were originally published under her brother’s name, in his opus 8 and 9 collections. Many of her piano works carry the name Lieder für das Pianoforte (Songs for the piano), a parallel to Felix’s Songs without Words.

CLARA SCHUMANN (1819-1896)

Considered one of the most distinguished composers and pianists of the Romantic era, Clara exerted her influence over a 61-year concert career, changing the format and repertoire of the piano recital. She wrote her first Piano Concerto at age 14, and went on to write a vast body of piano concertos, chamber works, and choral pieces. However, in middle age, she questioned whether it was even possible for a woman to find success as a composer, saying “A woman must not desire to compose — there has never yet been one able to do it. Should I expect to be the one?”

She was married to composer Robert Schumann.

DAME ETHEL SMYTH (1858–1944)

Ethel was an English composer and a member of the women’s suffrage movement. Her extensive body of work includes the Concerto for Violin, Horn and Orchestra, and the Mass in D. Her opera The Wreckers is considered by some critics to be the “most important English opera composed during the period between Purcell and Britten.” Another of her operas, Der Wald, mounted in 1903, was for more than a century the only opera by a woman composer ever produced at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

AMY BEACH (1867-1944)

Amy Marcy Cheney Beach was an American composer and pianist. She was the first successful American female composer of large-scale art music. Her Gaelic Symphony, premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1896, was the first symphony composed and published by an American woman. She was one of the first American composers to succeed without the benefit of European training, and among the most acclaimed American composers of her era.

REBECCA CLARKE (1886-1979)

Rebecca Clarke was an English classical composer and violist best known for her chamber music featuring the viola. She was born in Harrow and studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music in London, later becoming one of the first female professional orchestral players when she joined the Queen’s Hall Orchestra in 1912.She was not well known at the height of her career, however, scholarship and interest in her compositions began to build near the end of her life. The Rebecca Clarke Society was established in 2000 to promote the study and performance of her music.

FLORENCE PRICE (1887–1953)

At age 14, Florence graduated from high school as valedictorian, and enrolled in the New England Conservatory of Music. In 1910, she became the head of Clark Atlanta University’s music department in Atlanta, Georgia. Florence was the first African-American woman to have a composition played by a major orchestra, when her Symphony in E minor was debuted by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1933. A number of Price’s other orchestral works were played by the WPA Symphony Orchestra of Detroit and the Chicago Women’s Symphony. She was inducted into the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers in 1940 for her work as a composer.

Meet Anna Vosbigian

2019 Citizen Musician Fellow

The program for our 2019 Citizen Musician concert was selected by our 2018/19 Citizen Musician Fellow, Anna Vosbigian, to complete the “Year of the Woman” season with a selection of works by female composers throughout history.

Anna collaborated with Maestro Izcaray and AYS staff to plan and program this year’s Citizen Musician Concert. This is the second year for this project — inspired and supported by a program Yo-Yo Ma developed at the Civic Orchestra of Chicago — teaching leadership in the use of classical music to transform lives and build community. The aim is to bridge the gap between high art and community art, and in the words of Yo-Yo Ma “transcend technique in order to seek out the truths in our world in a way that gives meaning and sustenance to individuals and communities.”

Anna Vosbigian graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University with a degree in Music and International Studies. She currently teaches privately and conducts the orchestra and band at New West Charter Middle School. While at Northwestern, she studied with Almita Vamos and Shmuel Ashkenasi and was previously a recipient of the Richard D. Colburn scholarship as a student of Danielle Belen. After graduating, she was part of a piano quintet for Lincoln Center Stage on Holland America Line cruises in Alaska. As a winner of the Young Stars of the Future, she soloed with the South Coast Symphony and has also soloed with Symphony Irvine and the Luzerne Symphony Orchestra. She has been a member of the American Youth Symphony since high school, was concertmaster of the Colburn Chamber Orchestra and has also performed with the Colburn Conservatory Orchestra. With a strong interest in giving back to the community, she enjoys performing at retirement centers and while at Northwestern, volunteered regularly with Music Matters, an organization that brings musicians to the hospital to perform for long-term patients. In addition to classical violin, she has studied Irish fiddling, performs in a post-modern trio and plays viola and piano.

“Being an AYS fellow has been an immensely rewarding experience, as I learned to curate a full concert and journeyed through the history of female composers and their chamber music. This program spans almost a century, showcasing the diverse capabilities of string instruments – from melancholy to fierce to joyful – and displaying the virtuosity of the AYS musicians.” – Anna Vosbigian

The Musician Citizen Fellowship is Sponsored By
Peter Mandell and Sarah Coade Mandell


AYS at Bacchus LIVE in Pasadena

This Sunday, April 14

This Sunday, the AYS String Quartet and Colburn Jazz Ensemble will be performing at Bacchus’ Kitchen in Pasadena.

To reserve, call Bacchus Live
at: 626-594-6377

Read the announcement in Pasadena Now.

Our thanks to
Bacchus LIVE for inviting our musicians to participate in this event.

Bacchus LIVE Presents:
American Youth Symphony String Quartet and Colburn Jazz Combo
When: Sunday, April 14th, 2019, 6pm Dinner / Show at 7:30pm
Where: Bacchus Kitchen 1384 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91004
Tickets: $85 ticket includes 3 course meal and the performance
Reserve: Call Bacchus Live at (626) 594-6377

Website:www.bacchuslive.com (Zagat Rated Restaurant)
Instagram:@bacchusliveconcerts

Citizen Musician Concert, May 12, 2019

Ticketing for our Citizen Musician concert is now open for Members
Login to Reserve
Ticketing will open for the General Public on May 1

Mother’s Day, Sunday May 12, 2019, 2:00 pm
The York Manor


AYS String Quartet
Anna Vosbigian, Citizen Musician Fellow

Amy BEACH Quartet for Strings (13 min)
Rebecca CLARKE Comodo et amabile (9 min)
Poem (8 min)
Lullaby and Grotesque for viola & cello (6 min)
Kaija SAARIAHO Cloud Trio for violin, viola and cello (16 min)
Julia WOLFE Early that Summer (12 min)
Dig Deep (14 min)
Four Marys (11 min)

This program has been specially selected by our 2018/19 Citizen Musician Fellow, Anna Vosbigian, to complete the “Year of the Woman” season with a selection of works by female composers throughout history.

Anna collaborated with Maestro Izcaray and AYS staff to plan and program this year’s Citizen Musician Concert. This is the second year for this project — inspired and supported by a program Yo-Yo Ma developed at the Civic Orchestra of Chicago — teaching leadership in the use of classical music to transform lives and build community. The aim is to bridge the gap between high art and community art, and in the words of Yo-Yo Ma “transcend technique in order to seek out the truths in our world in a way that gives meaning and sustenance to individuals and communities.”

The Musician Citizen Fellowship is Sponsored By
Peter Mandell and Sarah Coade Mandell

Members: Reserve Now

New Venue:
The York Manor
4908 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042


Anna Vosbigian, 2018/19 Citizen Musician Fellow

Anna Vosbigian graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University with a degree in Music and International Studies. She currently teaches privately and conducts the orchestra and band at New West Charter Middle School. While at Northwestern, she studied with Almita Vamos and Shmuel Ashkenasi and was previously a recipient of the Richard D. Colburn scholarship as a student of Danielle Belen. After graduating, she was part of a piano quintet for Lincoln Center Stage on Holland America Line cruises in Alaska. As a winner of the Young Stars of the Future, she soloed with the South Coast Symphony and has also soloed with Symphony Irvine and the Luzerne Symphony Orchestra. She has been a member of the American Youth Symphony since high school, was concertmaster of the Colburn Chamber Orchestra and has also performed with the Colburn Conservatory Orchestra. With a strong interest in giving back to the community, she enjoys performing at retirement centers and while at Northwestern, volunteered regularly with Music Matters, an organization that brings musicians to the hospital to perform for long-term patients. In addition to classical violin, she has studied Irish fiddling, performs in a post-modern trio and plays viola and piano.

“Being an AYS fellow has been an immensely rewarding experience, as I learned to curate a full concert and journeyed through the history of female composers and their chamber music. This program spans almost a century, showcasing the diverse capabilities of string instruments – from melancholy to fierce to joyful – and displaying the virtuosity of the AYS musicians.” – Anna Vosbigian

2019 Internships – Apply Now!

Internships Summer 2019!

This summer, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission is generously funding three 10-week paid internships through their Summer Arts Internship Program. The program is open to all currently-enrolled undergraduates in LA County (full eligibility details here).

PUBLIC RELATIONS INTERN:

DESCRIPTION

The PR intern with the American Youth Symphony will be a valued member of a small and passionate administrative team that supports our 100 orchestral musicians. You will be writing original copy for the 2019/20 press materials, website, creating and editing the Annual Report, as well as creating and managing the season’s PR and marketing calendar. Your work will be seen by thousands of donors, potential audience members, and music and media contacts. This position is ideal for a classical music buff who is looking to gain experience and contacts in arts administration and have a rewarding and valuable summer.

QUALIFICATIONS

The PR Intern must have very strong written and verbal communication skills, and must be prepared to represent AYS to the public in a professional manner. Ideally, they have an interest in symphonic music and the promotion of orchestral music in Los Angeles. They must be Mac proficient and experienced with the Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with any of the following would be beneficial: Adobe Creative Suite,Photoshop, Audition, Premiere and/or InDesign.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please email resume, cover letter, and 2 writing samples (essays, articles, or letters) to apply@aysymphony.org with the subject line “PR Intern”

DEVELOPMENT INTERN:

DESCRIPTION

The Development Intern with the American Youth Symphony will have the opportunity to focus on fundraising strategies for the 2019/20 season by working with our administrative support staff that supports our 100 orchestra musicians. The Intern will help to strategize and implement a membership campaign for the 2019/20 season. In addition, they will be responsible for tracking and planning the cultivation of donors through tracking our 53-year alumni as well as managing the Executive Director’s Major Gifts portfolio. This position is ideal for a classical music enthusiast who is looking to gain experience in communication and fundraising.

QUALIFICATIONS

The Development Intern must be someone with a passion for supporting orchestral music in Los Angeles. The Intern should be friendly and outgoing, and demonstrate initiative, flexibility, and resourcefulness in working effectively on multiple tasks. They should also have excellent verbal communication as well as possess creativity, strong writing and grammatical proofreading skills, and a collaborative approach and commitment to teamwork. Experience with the Microsoft Office Suite is required, experience with fundraising databases such as Salesforce or Tessitura are preferred but not mandatory.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please email resume, cover letter, and 2 writing samples (essays, articles, or letters) to apply@aysymphony.org with the subject line “Development Intern Application”

MUSIC LIBRARY INTERN

DESCRIPTION

The Music Library Intern with the American Youth Symphony will have the opportunity to focus thoroughly on the music for the 2019/20 season by working with our administrative support staff on two major projects: writing program notes for up to 25 musical works to be featured in the AYS program books and organizing the AYS music library (sorting, scanning, cataloguing, etc.). Your original program notes will be based on your research and analysis of orchestral works and will provide insightful background on the music, while simultaneously making this history and analysis accessible to novice listeners. This position is ideal for a music history enthusiast who is seeking valuable experience in orchestra management and will serve as an entry into the world of classical music administration.

QUALIFICATIONS

The Music Library Intern must be a skilled and confident writer and researcher with a strong music background (music major preferred), a desire to serve the community, and the ability to take direction and work independently. Must be experienced with the Microsoft Office Suite.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please email resume, cover letter, and 2 writing samples (essays, articles, or letters) to apply@aysymphony.org with the subject line “Music Library Intern Application”

The American Youth Symphony Partners with the National Children’s Chorus to Premiere a Commission by Composer Nico Muhly

LED BY AMERICAN YOUTH SYMPHONY MUSIC DIRECTOR CARLOS IZCARAY AND NATIONAL CHILDREN’S CHORUS MUSIC DIRECTOR LUKE MCENDARFER, THIS CONCERT FEATURES TWO GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING ARTISTS, SOPRANO JESSICA RIVERA AND PIANIST GLORIA CHENG

Sunday, March, 31, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at Walt Disney Concert Hall

(Thursday, February 28, 2019, Los Angeles, CA) – The American Youth Symphony (AYS) returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Sounds About Town concert series, partnering with the National Children’s Chorus (NCC). Both prestigious musical institutions, the American Youth Symphony is an elite professional training orchestra made up of college and graduate students from the most prominent music programs in the country, while NCC is one of the nation’s leading treble choruses, with ensembles in Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C.

Led by AYS Music Director, Carlos Izcaray, AYS and NCC will perform The Right of your Senses by Nico Muhly, a world-premiere, co-commissioned by AYS, NCC and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Specially chosen for this project by the LA Phil, NCC, and AYS, Muhly is a sought-after composer and collaborator whose previous commissioners include The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. This exciting new work will feature Grammy winning soprano, Jessica Rivera, whose voice has been praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for its “effortless precision and tonal luster.”

Also on the program: Gabriel Faure’s Messe Basse; Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms; and Alexander Scriabin’s Prometheus, Poem of Fire, Symphony No. 5, for which the orchestra and chorus will be joined by Grammy and Emmy winning pianist, Gloria Cheng.

Tickets range from $15-45 (AYS Members get a 25% discount). Reserve tickets now at AYSymphony.org/tickets

Heralded as “the finest youth symphony on earth,” by KUSC’s Jim Svejda, the American Youth Symphony has been fulfilling its mission to inspire the future of classical music for over 50 years. AYS presents exceptional, innovative concerts based on a landmark Fellowship program for young professional musicians in high school through doctoral music programs. Competitively selected, the 100-piece orchestra represents extraordinary talent from all over the world. AYS concerts are shared for free or significantly reduced admission, out of a commitment to creating access and opportunity for everyone to experience the power and inspiration of this beautiful art form. Learn more at: aysymphony.org

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

NICO MUHLY
Nico Muhly is an American contemporary classical music composer and arranger who has worked and recorded with both classical and pop musicians. He is a member of the Icelandic music collective/recording label Bedroom Community. Muhly is a sought-after collaborator whose influences range from American minimalism to the Anglican choral tradition. The recipient of commissions from The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Philadelphia Orchestra and others, he has written more than 80 concert works. In addition to his symphonic and operatic works, he has composed extensively for stage and screen, with credits that include music for the 2013 Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie and scores for the films Kill Your DarlingsMe, Earl And The Dying Girl; and the Academy Award-winning The Reader. He has worked as an arranger and collaborator with a host of musical luminaries, including Joanna Newsom and Sufjan Stevens. Learn more at: nicomuhly.com

JESSICA RIVERA
This Grammy-winning soprano is one of the most creatively inspired vocal artists of our time. The intelligence, dimension and spirituality with which she infuses her performances has garnered Ms. Rivera unique artistic collaborations with many of today’s most celebrated composers, including John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, Gabriela Lena Frank, Jonathan Leshnoff, and has brought her together with such esteemed conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, Bernard Haitink and Michael Tilson Thomas. Learn more at:  www.jessicarivera.com

GLORIA CHENG
Grammy and Emmy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng has been a recitalist at the Ojai Festival, William Kapell Festival, and Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, and has performed on leading concert series including Carnegie Hall’s Making Music, Cal Performances, San Francisco Performances, and Stanford Lively Artso. 2015 saw the launch of MONTAGE: Great Film Composers and the Piano, an award-winning film featuring works composed for her by Bruce Broughton, Don Davis, Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino, Randy Newman, and John Williams. Learn more at: www.gloriachengpiano.com

CARLOS IZCARAY
AYS Music Director Carlos Izcaray has an international reputation as seasoned composer, conductor and educator. Izcaray is a strong believer in supporting younger generations, working extensively with the world’s top talents and leading music institutions. In addition to having led prestigious orchestras in Colombia, Argentina, Switzerland, Italy, South Africa and more, Izcaray has distinguished himself as a talented instrumentalist who has been featured as a concert soloist and chamber musician worldwide. Throughout his career, Izcaray has shown special interest and prowess in tackling some of the most complex scores in the symphonic repertoire, while championing a historically informed approach to works from past eras. He also serves as Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, with whom his most recent orchestral composition, Yellowhammer, received rave reviews for its world premiere in February 2018. Learn more at:  www.carlosizcaray.com

NATIONAL CHILDREN’S CHORUS
The National Children’s Chorus, under the leadership of Artistic Director Luke McEndarfer and Associate Artistic Director Dr. Pamela Blackstone, is quickly establishing itself as America’s leading treble chorus, with a set of ensembles based in Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Performing locally and abroad, the National Children’s Chorus is one of few youth arts organizations in the world to have its concert series presented by professional music halls. Tracing its lineage back to the 1904 inception of the Paulist Choristers in Chicago, the National Children’s Chorus, co-founded by Luke McEndarfer and Cristina Demiany in 2008, has garnered a superb reputation for musical excellence, and amassed an impressive résumé of experience. Learn more at: nationalchildrenschorus.com

Internationally-Renowned Violinist, Sarah Chang, Joins The American Youth Symphony (AYS) for World-Premiere Performance of a New Work by Celebrated Film Composer, Fil Eisler

Press Release: ANNUAL AYS GALA CONCERT WILL SERVE AS THE INAUGURAL EVENT OF THE KORNGOLD COMMISSION PROJECT, SUPPORTED BY PETER MANDELL AND SARAH COADE MANDELL

AYS Music Director Carlos Izcaray leads works by Clyne and Strauss
Guest conductor Jessica Bejarano Makes AYS Debut

Saturday, April 27, 2019 at UCLA’s Royce Hall
5:00 p.m. Concert
7:00 p.m. Annual Gala Dinner
Concert tickets are FREE

(3/21/19, Los Angeles, CA) – The American Youth Symphony (AYS) welcomes famed violinist Sarah Chang for the world premiere performance of composer Fil Eisler’s new violin concerto. This concert, presented as part of the prestigious orchestra’s 54th annual Gala celebrations, represents the inaugural event of the AYS Korngold Commission Project. The project takes its name and inspiration from Erich Wolfgang Korngold, a prolific composer in the golden age of Hollywood, whose 1945 Violin Concerto is now celebrated as a virtuoso masterwork.

Funded by AYS Board Secretary Peter Mandell and Advisory Council Member Sarah Coade Mandell, the aim of The Korngold Project is to unite great composers of film and media music with top classical soloists to create and premiere new works. Under the skilled baton of AYS Music Director Carlos Izcaray, this concert will do just that, in pairing Sarah Chang, one of the great violinists of our time, with Fil Eisler, a BMI and SXSW award-winner, best known for scoring hit television series Empire and Revenge, and the 2018 hit film Proud Mary.

Also on the program for the 54th Gala Concert is Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, which will be conducted by Jessica Bejarano, who makes her debut with AYS. Bejarano currently serves as as music director and conductor of the San Francisco Civic Symphony, and music director at San Francisco University High School where she conducts the UHS Chamber Orchestra. Recently, PBS NewsHour aired a feature story on Bejarano, and KQED named Jessica 1 of 10 “Bay Brilliant” artists for 2018.

AYS Music Director Carlos Izcaray will conduct This Midnight Hour by Anna Clyne, whose work has been described by the New York Times as “virtuosic,” “inventive,” and “dreamlike;” and, to complete the evening, Richard Strauss’ beloved  Der Rosenkavalier Suite.

This concert will be shared for free with the public as part of the American Youth Symphony’s long-standing commitment to making inspiring classical performances accessible to all. The 5:00pm performance will be followed by the 54th Annual Gala Dinner at 7:30pm – both at UCLA’s historic Royce Hall.

Reserve complimentary concert tickets, or join Sarah Chang, Fil Eisler, and AYS musicians and donors for the Gala Dinner to support the mission and programs of AYS. Dinner guests receive premium concert seating, and will have the opportunity to meet and greet the stars of the evening.

Reserve online at AYSymphony.org/Gala or by phone at 310.470.2332!

Heralded as “the finest youth symphony on earth,” by KUSC’s Jim Svejda, the American Youth Symphony has been fulfilling its mission to inspire the future of classical music for over 50 years. AYS presents exceptional, innovative concerts based on a landmark Fellowship program for young professional musicians in high school through doctoral music programs. Competitively selected, the 100-piece orchestra represents extraordinary talent from all over the world. AYS concerts are shared for free or significantly reduced admission, out of a commitment to creating access and opportunity for everyone to experience the power and inspiration of this beautiful art form. Learn more at: aysymphony.org

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

CARLOS IZCARAY

Music Director Carlos Izcaray has an international reputation as seasoned composer, conductor and educator. Izcaray is a strong believer in supporting younger generations, working extensively with the world’s top talents and leading music institutions. In addition to having led prestigious orchestras in Colombia, Argentina, Switzerland, Italy, South Africa and more, Izcaray has distinguished himself as a talented instrumentalist who has been featured as a concert soloist and chamber musician worldwide. Throughout his career, Izcaray has shown special interest and prowess in tackling some of the most complex scores in the symphonic repertoire, while championing a historically informed approach to works from past eras. He also serves as Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, with whom his most recent orchestral composition, Yellowhammer, received rave reviews for its world premiere in February 2018. Learn more at:  www.carlosizcaray.com

SARAH CHANG

Recognized as one of the foremost violinists of our time, Sarah Chang has performed with the most esteemed orchestras, conductors, and accompanists in an international career spanning more than two decades. Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of eight, Ms. Chang has continued to impress audiences with her technical virtuosity and refined emotional depth.

Highlights from Ms. Chang’s recent and upcoming seasons, have included performances with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony,  National Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, and San Diego Symphony. She has also performed at the Hollywood Bowl and at the Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Aspen Music Festivals, among others. As an accomplished recital and chamber musician, Ms. Chang regularly travels the world, performing with such artists as Pinchas Zukerman, Yefim Bronfman, Leif  Ove Andsnes, Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2012, Sarah Chang received the Harvard University Leadership Award, and in 2005, Yale University dedicated a chair in Sprague Hall in her name. For the June 2004 Olympic games, she was given the honor of running with the Olympic Torch in New York, and that same month, became the youngest person ever to receive the Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of Fame award. Other previous distinctions include the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Gramophone’s “Young Artist of the Year” award, Germany’s “Echo” Schallplattenpreis, “Newcomer of the Year” honors at the International Classical Music Awards in London, and Korea’s “Nan Pa” award.  In 2011, Ms. Chang was named an official Artistic Ambassador by the United States Department of State. Learn more at: http://www.sarahchang.com

FIL EISLER

Fil Eisler is an award-winning composer with projects ranging from big studio action pieces and comedies, to gritty independent films and hit television shows. His inventive scores and signature themes enliven some of TV’s most popular series and notable films. He composes for Fox’s Golden Globe-nominated drama series Empire, as well as Lifetime’s Peabody-winning series UnReal, Bravo’s hit comedy drama series Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce, and Showtime’s Emmy-winning Shameless. Eisler was also both the composer and conductor for ABC’s breakout hit drama Revenge. In 2017 Eisler completed the scores for Netflix’s drama To The Bone and Warner Bros.’ hilarious film reboot of the fan-favorite series, CHIPS. Eisler has composed music for such varied films as Sony’s Proud Mary, Netflix’s sci-fi thriller The Titan, and MGM and New Line Cinemas’ People’s Choice Awards-nominated How To Be Single. Eisler also acted as composer and music director for the Peabody-winning documentary, Newtown.

Eisler, a Czech-born, English-raised composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, has worked with ensembles of all shapes and sizes to help bring his scores to life. Variety described his music as “smoky, elaborate film noir-inspired compositions”, while Beatweek Magazine praised him for making “beautiful music” that “…almost acts as another character further enveloping the audience in its grasp.” Eisler has been nominated and has received numerous awards including the World Soundtrack Awards New Discovery, SXSW Best Soundtrack Award and multiple BMI awards. Learn more at: www.imdb.com/name/nm1135983

JESSICA BEJARANO

Jessica Bejarano currently serves as music director and conductor of the San Francisco Civic Symphony, and as music director at San Francisco University High School. Northern California’s KQED named her one of ten “Bay Brilliant” artists for 2018, and in early 2019, PBS NewsHour Weekend aired a feature story on her as part of their “Chasing the Dream” series.

Ms. Bejarano recently completed a guest conductor post at UC Santa Cruz with the UC Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestra, and in January 2018, she was one of twelve female conductors selected from around the world to attend and conduct at the International Women’s Conference in New York City. In 2017, Jessica was a featured guest conductor with the Falcon Symphony Orchestra in Coro, Venezuela. While there, she also worked with the famed El Sistema music education program.

Jessica received her Master of Arts in Conducting from the University of California Davis; Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Wyoming; and Associates of Fine Arts in Music Education from Casper College. She has also attended the International Academy of Advanced Conducting in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the Conductors’ Guild Conducting master course with Maestra Marin Alsop, and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Learn more at: http://jessicabejarano.com/

Top Left: Carlos Izcaray; Top Right: Jessica Bejarano
Bottom Left: Sarah Chang; Bottom Right: Fil Eisler

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