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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The 2017/18 Orchestra


Gallia Kastner, concertmaster
      The David Frisina 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
Jasmin Kim
Madeleine Hogue


Johanna Nowik Johanson, 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
Open, assistant principal
      The Lisa & Michael Gaines Assistant Principal Cello Chair
Annie Hyung
      The James H. Warsaw Cello Chair
Pierre Derycz
Daniel Lim
      The Anne Warsaw Cello Chair
Nicholas Castano
Niall Ferguson
Dustin Seo


Spencer Baldwin, principal
      The Sidney Stern Memorial Trust Principal Bass Chair
Eric Windmeier, assistant principal
      The Bradley & Stephanie Penenberg Bass Chair
Timothy Jensen
Freddy Hernandez
Luis Primera
Mark Gutierrez
Kaelan Decman
Ema Jordan


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


William Yeh
      The Johnny Rotella Piccolo Chair


Laura Arganbright, principal
      The Gretchen & Randy Newman Principal Oboe Chair
Chris Fujiwara


Theodosia Roussos
      The Benny & Liliana Brittan English Horn Chair


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


Richard Dobeck
      The Helgard Field Clarinet Chair




Lieza Hansen, principal
      The Peter Mandell & Sarah Coade Mandell Principal Bassoon Chair
Justin Cummings


Jaquain Sloan


Valerie Ankeney, principal
      Christine & Thomas Frisina Principal Horn Chair
Maxwell Paulus, assistant principal
Christian Thomas
Aija Mattson
Melia Badalian


Gianluca Farina, principal
      The Sue & Larry Hochberg Principal Trumpet Chair
Nicolás Bejarano
      The Liquid Music Trumpet Chair
Noah Dugan
      The Christy & George Short Trumpet Chair


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
Jieun Chung
Jonathan Wisner
Nikolaus Keeleghan


Caroline Hales
      The Dretzka Family Harp Chair


Wan Rosalind Wong
      The Henry Brittan and Maxwell Siemons Piano Chair