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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2022/23 Orchestra


Gallia Kastner, Concertmaster, The David Frisina Concertmaster LAPO 1943-1978 Concertmaster Co-Sponsor & The Annica and James Newton Howard Concertmaster Co-Sponsor Chair
Veronika Manchur, Associate Concertmaster, The James & Ilene Nathan Associate Concertmaster Chair
Matthew Chang, Assistant Concertmaster, The Theodore J. Slavin & Marsha Calig Assistant Concertmaster Chair
Owen Lin
Anna Kouchnerov
Sam Lorenzini
Luna Suzuki
Gabriel Tsai
Robert Gleiser

Adam Lin
Michael Freed
Kristina Tsanova

Yu Kai Sun
Sean Takada
Holly Knoch
Honor Frisco



Alison Mills, Principal, The Anika Lorber Principal Second Violin Chair
Agatha Blevin, Assistant Principal
Floriane Naboulet
Ani Sinanyan
Alan Wang
Ashley Kim
Sarah Bunch
Oscar Martinez
Nathan Nguyen
Alexa Lee

Joe Buzzelli

Jasmine Kim
Namiah Miller
Isolde Fair



Daisey Swanson, Principal
Jonathan Burns, Assistant Principal, The Flinkman-Marandy Assistant Principal Viola Chair
Yun-Chieh Sung
Leonardo Santi
Charlotte Goode
Stefan Kosmala-Dahlbeck, The Richard Rintoul Viola Chair
Lorenna Garcia
Kerry Walther
Sarah Wilkinson

Joshua Allen



Alexander Mansour, Principal, The Bonnie Hartman Principal Cello Chair
Michael Ljungh, Assistant Principal, The Sheila Krasnoff Assistant Principal Cello Chair
Joel Shimada, The James H. Warsaw Cello Chair*
Nathaniel Yue, The Anne Warsaw Cello Chair**
Raymond Newell
Irene Choung
Pablo Elizalde
Angela Marvin
Lorelei Deutsch
Amy Jong



Sam Miller, Principal Bass, The Sidney Stern Memorial Trust Principal Bass Chair
SoJung Kim, Assistant Principal Bass, The Bradley & Stephanie Penenberg Bass Chair
Harry Dearman
Sukyung Chun
Brian Slack
Moses Aubrey
Wyatt Wireman

Lucas Marcelo Silva de Almeida



Sierra Schmeltzer, Principal Flute, The Janneke Straub Principal Flute Chair
Danielle Kim, The Johnny Rotella Flute Chair



Jennifer Jo, The Johnny Rotella Piccolo Chair



Noah Breneman Principal Oboe
Evan Sanchez



Kim Foskett, The Benny & Liliana Brittan English Horn Chair



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



Insoo Oh, The Helgard Field Clarinet Chair



Ian Fleck


Anne Ranzani, Principal Bassoon, The Peter Mandell & Sarah Coade Mandell Principal Bassoon Chair
Samantha Epp




Gabriella Sá, Principal Horn, The Vincent DeRosa Principal Horn Chair****
Susannah Greenslit, Assistant Principal Horn
Cristian Thomas
Elizabeth Linares
Rachel O’Connor



Emma Breen, Principal Trumpet, The Sue & Larry Hochberg Principal Trumpet Chair
Troy Sargent, The Christy & George Short Trumpet Chair
Tatiana Giesler


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

Raphael Angelo Yap


Riley McGinn, The Gretchen & Randy Newman Bass Trombone Chair



Errol Rhoden, The Helgard Field Tuba Chair***



Preston Spisak Principal Timpani, The Annie Gross Principal Timpani Chair



The Marilyn Ziering Percussion Section
Jeremy Davis, Principal Percussion
Austin Cernosek

Anna Dunford

Nik Keelaghan



VACANT, The Dretzka Family Harp Chair



Austin Ho, The Henry Brittan and Maxwell Siemons Piano Chair



*In Memory of James H. Warsaw
**In Honor of Anne Warsaw’s 102nd birthday
***In Honor of Helgard Field
****In Honor of Vincent DeRos