The Orchestra

The American Youth Symphony provides landmark Fellowships to musicians in high school through doctoral programs to prepare them for leadership in 21st Century orchestras and ensembles. Musicians receive in-depth exposure to the varied styles of symphonic music being performed today by professional orchestras, from classical masterworks to world premieres and innovative film scores. Competitively selected, Fellows receive a tuition-free scholarship, per-concert stipends, perform at renowned venues such as Royce Hall and Walt Disney Concert Hall, and work alongside world-class guest artists such as Daníel Bjarnason, Anna Clyne, Sarah Chang, Johannes Moser, John Williams, David Newman, Alan Silvestri, Charles Fox, and Lera Auerbach. Designed to challenge, nurture, and inspire, the American Youth Symphony is a musical laboratory where Fellows not only master their parts and develop a deep understanding of musical scores, but also explore their role as musician citizens within their community. At the American Youth Symphony, we aim to create leaders, innovative thinkers, and articulate communicators for the 21st century and beyond.

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2018/19 Orchestra


Gallia Kastner, Concertmaster, The David Frisina, Concertmaster LAPO 1943-1978, Concertmaster Chair
Alexis Hatch, Associate Concertmaster, The James & Ilene Nathan Associate Concertmaster Chair
Bree Fotheringham, Assistant Concertmaster, The Sid & Lorraine Sheinberg Assistant Concertmaster Chair
Jaimee Cao, The LMSK Violin Chair
Joyce Kwak, The Shoshana Claman & Bill Sheinberg Violin Chair
Anna Kouchnerov
Sam Lorenzini
Jessica Livermore
Wagner Oliveira
Laura Bedol
Elizabeth Scarnati
Anthony Kukavica
Mariko De Napoli
Megan Chang


Evan Johanson, Principal Second Violin, The Anika Lorber Principal Second Violin Chair
Wenqi Ke, Assistant Principal Second Violin, The Guillaume Sutre Second Violin Chair
Elisa Jeon
Ani Sinanyan
Kayvon Sesar
Liya Ma
Sarah Bunch
Kristi Holstein
Oscar Martinez
Alexa Lee
Alice Lee
Jasmine Kim
Madeleine Hogue


Johanna Nowik, Principal Viola, The Flinkman-Marandy Principal Viola Chair
Cameron Howe, Assistant Principal Viola, The Carol Heather Goldsmith Assistant Principal Viola Chair
Cameron Audras
David Kang
Alec Santamaria, The Richard Rintoul Viola Chair
Taylor Cooksey
Rebecca Bacich
Lu Walstad
Mercedes Quintana
Leonardo Santi


Sunrise Kim, Principal Cello, The Bonnie Hartman Principal Cello Chair
Michael Ljungh, Assistant Principal Cello, The Sheila Krasnoff Cello Chair
Phillip Suwandi, The James H. Warsaw Cello Chair
Pierre Derycz, The Anne Warsaw Cello Chair
Raymond Newell
Shawn Berry
Andrew Lee
Alejandro Thompson-Sanchez
Hyunji Yi
Angela Marvin


Spencer Baldwin, Principal Bass, The Sidney Stern Memorial Trust Principal Bass Chair
Sam Miller, Assistant Principal Bass, The Bradley & Stephanie Penenberg Bass Chair
Timothy Jensen
Freddy Hernandez
Mark Lillie
Mark Gutierrez
Logan Nelson
Ema Jordan


Elizabeth LaCoste, Principal Flute, The Janneke Straub Principal Flute Chair
Devan Jaquez, The Johnny Rotella Flute Chair


Marley Eder, The Johnny Rotella Piccolo Chair


Laura Arganbright, Principal Oboe
Chris Fujiwara


Will Stevens, The Benny & Liliana Brittan English Horn Chair


Sérgio Coelho, Principal Clarinet, The Steven Linder & Michael Hanel Principal Clarinet Chair
Alexander Tu


Richard Dobeck, The Helgard Field Clarinet Chair


Tyler Baillie


Lieza Hansen, Principal Bassoon, The Peter Mandell & Sarah Coade Mandell Principal Bassoon Chair
Jaquain Sloan




Valerie Ankeney, Principal Horn, Christine & Thomas Frisina Principal Horn Chair
Maxwell Paulus, Assistant Principal Horn
Christian Thomas
Aija Mattson


Gianluca Farina, Principal Trumpet, The Sue & Larry Hochberg Principal Trumpet Chair
Nicolas Bejarano, The Christy & George Short Trumpet Chair
Noah Dugan


Michael Dolin, Principal Trombone, Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of REALTORS®
& The Rufo Family Trombone Chair

Patrick McGihon


Elijah Cornish, The Gretchen & Randy Newman Bass Trombone Chair


Cristina Cutts Dougherty


Amy Ksandr, Principal Timpani, The Annie Gross Principal Timpani Chair


The Marilyn Ziering Percussion Section
David Riccobono, Principal Percussion
Jonathan Wisner
Jieun Chung
Nikolaus Keeleghan


Caroline Hales, The Dretzka Family Harp Chair


Wan Rosalind Wong, The Henry Brittan and Maxwell Siemons Piano Chair