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Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone: 3104702332
Website: http://www.aysymphony.org

Our mission is to inspire the future of a timeless art form by sharing exceptional concerts based on landmark training of musicians ages 15-27. AYS provides paid fellowships to 100 musicians who represent extraordinary talent from all over the world.

The American Youth Symphony Partners With Feminist Majority Foundation for a Concert of Extraordinary Music by Composers Lera Auerbach, Susan Botti and Jennifer Higdon

The American Youth Symphony Partners With Feminist Majority Foundation for a Concert of Extraordinary Music by Composers Lera Auerbach, Susan Botti and Jennifer Higdon

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, UCLA’s Royce Hall, Concert at 7 p.m. Pre-concert talk with Feminist Majority Foundation and Ms. Magazine at 6 p.m. Tickets are FREE The American Youth Symphony (AYS) celebrates the theme of their 2018/19 season, The Year of the Woman, with a program featuring works…

Rediscover a Masterpiece With AYS' Performance of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' in Concert

AYS will continue their live-to-picture concert tradition by bringing to life John Williams’ score from Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. Join everyone's favorite renegade archaeologist in this unique and exciting movie experience. A Raiders of the Lost Ark-themed benefit dinner will follow…

American Youth Symphony Announces New Executive Director

At the start of the American Youth Symphony's 2018/19 Opening Night Concert, AYS Board Chair, Kevin Dretzka, announced the appointment of Tara Aesquivel as the organization's next Executive Director. The selection comes after a four-month search led by the AYS Board of Directors.…

The American Youth Symphony Opens Its 18/19 Season at Royce Hall on September 22nd

​​The American Youth Symphony (AYS) opens its 54th season at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Saturday, September 22, at 7 p.m. with program including Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3; Joan Tower’s Tambor; and John Corigliano’s Clarinet Concerto. Tickets are free and seating…

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in Concert to Be Performed by the American Youth Symphony at Royce Hall

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in Concert to Be Performed by the American Youth Symphony at Royce Hall

​On Sunday, Nov. 19 at 4:30 p.m. in UCLA’s Royce Hall, the American Youth Symphony (AYS) performs live-to-picture John Williams’ film score for Steven Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Preceding the concert will be a Q&A at 4:00 p.m. featuring film music…

American Youth Symphony to Perform Free Concert Featuring Songs from Notable PlayStation Games

​On Sunday, February 12, the American Youth Symphony (AYS) and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) invite gamers and classical music lovers to experience a stunning orchestral performance that blends contemporary and classic culture. AYS resident conductor Juan Felipe Molano…

American Youth Symphony Receives Historic Million Dollar Gift from Peter Mandell and Sarah Coade Mandell

​​​The American Youth Symphony is honored to announce the largest gift in its 52-year history: one million dollars from Peter Mandell and Sarah Coade Mandell. This donation supports the AYS Strategic Plan, which will deepen its programmatic scope and community…

The American Youth Symphony Celebrates a 52nd Concert Season of "Firsts"

The American Youth Symphony Celebrates a 52nd Concert Season of "Firsts"

​​The American Youth Symphony and newly appointed Music Director Carlos Izcaray have prepared a unique and varied program for the organization's 52nd season. Among other highlights, AYS musicians will bring to life Alan Silvestri’s propulsive score for Back to the Future, played live-to-picture; pair suites from…

Free "Family Music Adventure" Concert From American Youth Symphony and First 5 LA

Free "Family Music Adventure" Concert From American Youth Symphony and First 5 LA

On Saturday February 20th, at 11am, the American Youth Symphony will present a 45 minute concert including Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, designed to entertain and engage young children and classical music enthusiasts of all ages. Event…

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