Citizen Musician Concert, May 12, 2019

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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).



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.


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.


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



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.


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.


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



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.


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.


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

Support AYS

AYS Believes…

  • Access to excellent musical training should be based solely on merit, not financial means
  • Exceptional quality orchestral performances should be accessible to all members of the community
  • Classical music is not only alive and vibrant, but is relevant to all audiences

You can donate…

By Mail

Send a check to:
5150 Wilshire Boulevard, Ste 506
Los Angeles, CA 90036

By Phone

(310) 470-2332


Please fill out the secure online donation form.

Make a Gift of Stock

For instructions, click here.

Purchase a Program Book Ad

If you would like to purchase an ad in one of our program books, please fill out the 2018/19 Ad Reservation Form and email to, or mail to out office address (above). You can also call our office with your ad specifications at 310-470-2332, and we will be happy to process your order by phone. 

Make a Gift in Tribute

If you would like to make a gift to honor someone, we will send a card to your honoree (or their family) and include your tribute in the next program book. If you choose to make a gift in tribute, please include the name of your honoree, the address to which we should send the card, and any brief message you wish to include in the comment section of the order form.

If you need assistance, please call us, or e-mail Mia McNeil. We would be happy to assist you! For a list of donor benefits, click here.

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Pre-Concert Info

Directions and Parking

Maps and parking information for all of our concert venues can be found here. Please note that UCLA’s Parking Structure 5 will be closed until the 2019/20 season, and we are now recommending parking in Structure 2.


We strongly recommend reserving tickets in advance! However, if a concert has sold out, or you missed the cut-off to make a reservation, we always have seats available for standby patrons at all of our Royce Hall concerts. For concerts at other venues, please call the office at 310-470-2332 to inquire about standby options.

If you have reserved already, your tickets will either be emailed, mailed, or held at will call, depending on what you selected when you made your reservation. If you don’t remember, check your original confirmation email.

Emailed tickets can be scanned from your smart phone, or printed and presented at the door. Either way, please have them ready when you arrive. The tickets can be found attached to your original confirmation email, as a pdf document, and will look like this. If you can’t find your confirmation email, call the office at 310-470-2332 and we will be happy to resend it.

Will Call tickets are held in one of two locations: the Member Table and the General Will Call Table, both of which are set up in front of the entrance to Royce Hall. If you are a donor of $60 a year or more (or the guest of a donor or solo artist) come to the Member Table, otherwise, go to the Will Call Table. Look for signs and banners to point you in the right direction.

Walk-Up Tickets: If you want to attend a concert that has “sold-out,” or if advance reservations have closed, don’t worry! We always have tickets available for walk-up patrons at or Royce Hall concerts, and nobody has ever been turned away. You may begin lining up for walk-up tickets 45 minutes before the concert begins. The line starts in front of Royce Hall and stretches into the courtyard. Five minutes before the the performance begins, unclaimed seats are released to the walk up line.
Everybody finds a seat, every time.


The style choices of our audience are as diverse as the people themselves! We want you to be comfortable, and whether that means wearing a suit, or a party dress, or jeans and a t-shirt, you’ll fit right in. Keep in mind that some people get cold in the concert hall, so you may want to bring a sweater or jacket.


We always have one family concert each year, but children and families are welcome at all our concerts! We only ask that if your child starts to get too loud or fidgety, you take a little break in the lobby (where you can hear and watch the concerts on the lobby screens), so that everyone is able to enjoy the music.

Late Seating

For the sake of our musicians and your fellow concert attendees, we do not allow seating while music is being performed. Patrons who arrive after the music has begun will be able to watch and listen to the concert from the Royce Hall lobby screens until there is a break to allow seating. Please note that in the event of a late arrival, you may be unable to sit in your original seat.

Cell Phones

We look forward to seeing photos of your night out with AYS on social media (#AYSymphony) to be taken before the concert begins, during intermission, or curtain call, etc. But we ask that you keep your phones put away during the music, for the sake of your fellow audience members, who would prefer to avoid the distraction of nearby screens.

Concert Behavior

We ask all audience members to please refrain from talking, or making noise of any kind while music is being performed, with any conversation between pieces kept quiet and brief. If you’re new to classical music, you may notice that some pieces are broken up into “movements” with short pauses in between them. These days, the popular custom is to refrain from applauding between movements, because it breaks the mood. However, prior to the 19th century, spontaneous applause was expected and encouraged (read more about the history of classical music and applause here) and it’s a subject that has been hotly debated for generations. At AYS, we believe that the music belongs to you, our audience, and we’re not interested in enforcing old rules about applauding. We say: do what feels right to you.

Post-Concert Receptions

Most of our Royce Hall performances are followed by a post-concert reception in the West Lobby. These are private events for donors, orchestra members, and their guests. If you would like to join the party, you can become a member for as little as $60 a year (and also benefit from premium seats, discounts on paid concerts, and other exclusive events). Learn more about membership.

Any other questions?

Please feel free to email Director of Community Engagement, Alice Dutton. She will be happy to help you!

News & Press

2018/19 Season

Youth Symphony Conductor Carlos Izcaray Makes a New-Music Pledge: 50% Female Composers

Tim Grieving, LA Times | March 20, 2019

SoCal classical music listings, March 24-31
Matt Cooper, LA Times | March 22, 2019

The Ms. Q&A: Carlos Izcaray’s Year of the Women is Only the Beginning

Carmen Rios, Ms. Magazine | February 18, 2019

New Trend in Concert Halls: Original Music by Movie Composers — No Film Required
Jon Burlingame, Variety | March 22, 2019

Rewriting the Score: Advancing Women’s Representation in Classical Music

Tara Aesquivel, Ms. Magazine | February 20, 2019

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

Press Release: Year of the Woman Concert

BMI Co-Sponsors Hollywood Project to Bring “Raiders of the Lost Ark” to American Youth Symphony
BMI News | November 21, 2018

The week ahead in SoCal classical music, Nov. 11-18
Matt Cooper, LA Times | November 9, 2018

Press Release: AYS Announces New Executive Director

Press Release: Opening Night Concert, September 22

2017/18 SEASON

Press Release: AYS Inaugural Citizen Musician Concert, May 12, 2018

Strings Magazine: Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers [AYS Advisory Council Member] Reminisces on a Childhood Spent in the Rich Los Angeles Music Scene
May 2018

La Opinion: Concert to Honor Human Rights at Royce Hall
April 20, 2018

KUSC Out and About: From Locked Up to Speaking Out – Carlos Izcaray Tells His Story
April 20, 2018

Los Angeles Magazine: Most Interesting Things to Do This Weekend
April 18, 2018

Telemundo: Interview with Maestro Izcaray and AYS Musicians
March 23, 2018

Press Release: 2018 Gala Concert – Freedom: A Celebration of Human Rights

Harvard Westlake Chronicle: Human Rights Task Force Hosts American Youth Symphony
March 19, 2018, Kendall Dees

Beverly Hills Courier: Pianist Vladimir Feltmsan to join American Youth Symphony for a Concert of Modern Works
March 16, 2018, pg 12.

LA Magazine: Secret LA Issue, Entertainment
March 2018

Press Release: Sounds About Town: AYS and Vladimir Feltsman
Press Release: AYS Celebrates Leonard Bernstein with Two Free Concerts on Feb. 17 

Her Campus: I Saw BØRNS Perform in a Tunnel and I Lived to Write About It
October 31, 2017, Erin Caracristi

Culture Collide: BØRNS Electrifying Symphony Performance
October 2017, Gillian Driscoll

Press Release: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial In Concert
Press Release: Season Opening Concert to Honor John Liebes
Press Release: AYS Announces 53rd Season
Press Release: AYS Receives NEA funding for a Concert in Partnership with Human Rights Watch
Press Release: New AYS Fellowships

2016/17 SEASON

Press Release: 2017 Members Priority Concert Features Appalachian Spring
Press Release:
2017 AYS Gala Features Concerto Competition Winner Rachel Ostler
Press Release:
AYS Joins Forces with Electric Guitar Icon Steve Vai (Read en Español)

Music Respawn! Jason Graves & Austin Wintory In A Game Changer Concert
Press Relase: American Youth Symphony to Perform Free Concert Featuring Songs from Notable PlayStation Games

Press Release: Historic Million Dollar Gift from Peter Mandell and Sarah Coade Mandell

BMI: Back to the Future with American Youth Symphony
Film Music Society: Back to the Future Live-to-Picture
LAist: You’re Going Back to the Future
Daily Bruin: 
Youth Symphony to Perform Live ‘Back to the Future’ Score at Royce Hall
Press Release: Back to the Future Concert

Press Release: Season Opening Concert
Press Release: Announcing the 2016/17 Season

2015/16 SEASON

AYS Musicians Perform at Gala Honoring John Williams:
John Williams Honored by Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford at AFI Gala 
Steven Spielberg, George Lucas & Kobe Bryant Laud Composer John Williams At Emotional AFI Toast
LA Times: ‘E.T.,’ ‘Jaws,’ ‘Star Wars’ composer John Williams honored at American Film Institute
Deadline: John Williams’ AFI Gala Had The Ultimate Hollywood Soundtrack
The Wrap: 11 Things We Learned at AFI Tribute to John Williams
June 10, 2016
Press Release:
American Youth Symphony Names New Music Director and Resident Conductor
En Español:
La American Youth Symphony Nombra Nuevo Director Musical Y Director Residente.

Press Release: AYS Receives NEA Grant for “Vivaldi to Video Games” Concert

David Newman Honored by BMI:
Hollywood Reporter | April 12, 2016
Broadway World | April 28, 2016
Film Music Society | May 13, 2016
Yahoo News | May 12, 2016

AYS and National Children’s Chorus Rise to Heaven Earth Mankind
Rick Schultz, LA Times | March 15, 2016

K-Mozart Arts Reports: Heaven Earth Mankind
Nick Tyler interviews David Alan Miller and Coleman Itzkoff

Press Release: AYS and Nation Children’s Chorus in LA Premiere

Press Release: Famed Violinist Joins AYS to Perform a Work Written for him by Philip Glass

Press Release: Free Family Music Adventure Concert

Press Release: AYS Guest Conductors Spring 2016

AYS Launches 51st Season with Michael Giacchino’s Exhilarating Score
for Star Trek Into Darkness Played Live to Picture

American Youth Symphony Beams Up!
Paula Parisi, Max the Trax | August 28, 2015

Star Trek Into Darkness Gets Symphonic
Daily Concepts Blog | September 9, 2015

2014/15 SEASON

April 2015: KUSC reporter Tim Grieving sat down with AYS Executive Director, Varina Bleil, and Principal Timpanist, Steven Logan, to discuss the orchestra’s unique blend of professionalism and youthfulness.
Check it out! 


Donation In Memory of Henri Lazarof Allows American Youth Symphony To Name Music Director Chair
Beverly Hills Courier | May 2014

Press Release: AYS VITALITY Concert with Sarah Chang

Press Release: AYS 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala

Press Release: AYS and Valentina Lisitsa at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Press Release: Music Director Alexander Treger to conclude AYS Tenure at the end of the 2014-15 Season


2013/14 SEASON
Valentina circle

AYS Receives Major Gift to Name Music Director Chair
Press Release | May 1, 2014

AYS delivers an ebullient finish to the 49th season | April 15, 2014

Young Guns
Out West Arts | April 27, 2014

Interview with Nigel Armstrong | April 10, 2014

Springtime in Paris with Valentina Lisitsa
Culture Spot LA

The Elfman Project II
Broadway World | November 1, 2013

Concerto for Piano and YouTube
New York Times | Oct 11, 2013

American Youth Symphony fine-tunes new pieces for season opening
The Daily Bruin | October 3, 2013

New Season opens October 6 at Royce Hall
Press Release


American Youth Symphony Explores the work of Composer Danny Elfman
The Hollywood Reporter | May 1, 2012

David Newman and AYS embark on a three-year exploration of Danny Elfman’s music
Film Score Monthly | May 2012

American Youth Symphony Salutes Danny Elfman
Film Music Society | April 18, 2012

Record Numbers Pack Royce Hall for Symposium and Concert
Film Music Society | May 9, 2012

American Youth Symphony Presents Danny Elfman Project
Broadcast Music, Inc. | April 17, 2012

10 Questions with David Newman
Broadcast Music, Inc | April 27, 2012


Daníel Bjarnason wins Iceland’s Composer of the Year for “The isle is full of noises” — a work co-commissioned by AYS and the LACC
Press Release | February 26, 2013

Concert features American Youth Symphony, renowned pianist
The Daily Bruin | November 16, 2012

Co-Concertmaster Mayumi Kanagawa makes an impressive debut at Disney Hall
LA Times | April 24, 2012

Disney Hall Concert Review: What happens when the musical cream rises to the top
San Gabriel Valley Tribune | March 5, 2012

AYS co-commissions a new work by Danìel Bjarnason
Glendale News-Press | March 2, 2012 AYS

LA Phil Presents: AYS and LACC
Press Release


AYS receives the highest score of all 2011/12 LA County Arts Commission Grant applicants.
LA Times | July 5, 2011


David Newman conducts the final concert of the Goldsmith Project
Film Score Monthly | March 17, 2011

Every piece performed during the concert, fron the hair-raising Twilight Zone: The Movie overture to the indelible action cue “Roxie Loses” from Basic Instinct… showcased Goldsmith’s brilliance as well as the utmost importance of having film music performed live.”

Cheering crowds fill Royce Hall to celebrate Goldsmith’s lasting legacy
Marilee Bradford reviews the climax of the Goldsmith Project.
Film Music Society | March 16, 2011

David Newman discusses The Goldsmith Project
Jerry Goldsmith Online | March 8, 2011

It’s amazing what you can accomplish with terrific players and a large amount of rehearsal. You really hear the music for what it is.”

Concert Videos

2015/16 Season

November 17, 2015 | Royce Hall

Emmanuel Villaume, conductor
Andrew von Oeyen, piano

Ravel: Menuet antique
Lazarof: Poema
Gershwin: Second Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major
Debussy: La mer

Videography by Visionmixer Productions

Check out our Pre-Concert Podcast with Andrew von Oeyen

AYS Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

VITALITY Concert with Sarah Chang
May 22, 2015
Ann & Jerry Moss Theater
At the Herb Alpert Educational Village
At New Roads School

David Newman, conductor
Sarah Chang, violin


Video Installation by Jake Michaels
Concert Videography by Visionmixer Productions

Celebration Concert, April 26, 2015 | Royce Hall

Alexander Treger, conductor
Glenn Dicterow, violin
Karen Dreyfus, viola

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique”

Videography by Visionmixer Production

Check out our Pre-Concert Podcast with Glenn Dicterow and Karen Dreyfus

Legacy Concert, February 8, 2015 | Royce Hall

Alexander Treger, conductor
Michael Sachs, trumpet

Berlioz: Le Corsaire Overture
Eino Tamberg: Concerto for Trumpet No. 1
Saint-Saëns: Organ Symphony

Videography by Visionmixer Production

Check out our Pre-Concert Podcast with Michael Sachs

Imagination Concert, November 23, 2014 | Royce Hall

Part 2: The Elfman Project III

David Newman, conductor

Videography by Visionmixer Production

Passion Concert, October 12, 2014 | Royce Hall

Alexander Treger, conductor

Henri Lazarof Cello Concerto No. 4
Allan Steele, cello

Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Videography by Visionmixer Production

Celebrating 50 years

From the Archives

John Williams conducts as AYS plays the theme from E.T.