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Alumni

AYS Alumni Resources and Accomplishments

We have over 2,500 amazing alumni in our directory from AYS’ rich 56 year history. It is important to us that we keep our relationship going strong after your time playing with AYS. There are a few ways AYS Alumni can stay in touch. 

Alumni Updates

Help keep our Alumni directory updated by completing this form and sharing your most updated contact information, success stories, and where you are today. You can find the form here

Join the Community! 

1. Join the AYS Alumni FB Group and connect with each other on music related opportunities, events, and conversations. 

2. Receive the monthly AYS Newsletter. Sign up here

3. Email us your favorite AYS Memory! We would love to hear from you and what you enjoyed about your time being in AYS. Email us at AYS@AYSymphony.org 

Add Your Support 

Consider making a monthly or one-time donation to AYS in support of musician stipends, community programs, and keeping our concerts free to audiences. Visit our “ways to give” page to learn how you can get involved. 

Alumni News and Positions

Alumni in Orchestras:

AYS Alumni have joined the finest orchestras, enjoy successful careers in recording, and are on the faculties of prestigious schools. Their success speaks to the impact of our training program. We value your updates to this incomplete list!

ALABAMA SYMPHONY
Richard Cassarino, bass
Brad Whitfield, assistant principal clarinet

ATLANTA SYMPHONY
Joseph McFadden, bass

AUCKLAND ORCHESTRA (New Zealand)
Sophia Acheson, viola
Jonah Levy, associate principal trumpet
Steven Logan, principal timpani

BERKELEY SYMPHONY
Franklyn d’Antonio, concertmaster & orchestra manager
Rene Mandel, executive director
Cheonho Yoon, principal trumpet

BOSTON SYMPHONY
Rachel Childers, horn

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF PHILADELPHIA
Stephen Tavani, concertmaster

CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY
Brice Burton, principal percussion

CINCINNATI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Philip Marten, assistant concertmaster

CHICAGO SYMPHONY
John Bruce Yeh, asst. principal clarinet
Karen Basrak, cello

CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA
Michael Sachs, principal trumpet
Richard Weiss, asst. principal cello

COLORADO SPRINGS PHILHARMONIC
Sergei Vassiliev, principal clarinet

COLORADO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Nicholas Recuber, asst. principal bass

DENMARK NATIONAL ORCHESTRA
Stanislav Zakrievski, violin

DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Bing Wang, violin

DETROIT SYMPHONY
Michael Ke Ma, asst. principal bassoon
Peter McCaffrey, cello
Shannon Orme, clarinet
Hang Su, viola
Robert Williams, principal bassoon
Johanna Yarbrough, horn

ENSEMBLE ORCHESTRAL DE PARIS
Joel Sultanian, viola

FORT WORTH SYMPHONY
Allan Steele, principal cello                                                      Anna Kolotylina, principal viola

GRAND RAPID SYMPHONY
Joel Schekman, bass clarinet

Hawaii Symphony
Anna Lenhart, principal horn

HOLLYWOOD BOWL ORCHESTRA
Tim Barr, principal bass
Nicole Bush, violin
Rose Corrigan, principal bassoon
Gregory Goodall, percussion
Armen Ksajikian, associate principal cello
Barry Newton, bass
Radu Pieptea, violin

KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
Maria Crosby, cello
Joseph Petrasek, associate principal percussion
Raymond Santos, principal clarinet

KITCHENER-WATERLOO SYMPHONY
Edwin Outwater, music director

KNOXVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Claire Chenette, principal oboe
Garrett McQueen, bassoon

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Maia Jasper, violin
Armen Ksajikian, associate principal cello
Connie Kupka, violin
Damian Montano, bassoon
Searmi Park, violin
Steven Scharf, violin & personnel manager
David Washburn, principal trumpet

LOS ANGELES OPERA
Tamsen Beseke, violin
Ryan Darke, trumpet
Marlow Fisher, viola
Mary Gale, clarinet
Gregory Goodall, principal timpani
Jennifer Johnson, oboe & english horn
Jenny Kim, horn
Daniel Kelley, horn
William May, bassoon
Jayme Miller, violin
David Stenske, associate concertmaster
Andrew Ulyate, trumpet
John Walz, principal cello
Mark Zimosky, percussion

LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC
Kazue Asawa-McGregor, librarian
Raynor Carroll, percussion (retired)
Richard Elegino, viola
Jerry Epstein, viola (retired)
Barry Gold, cello
Michele Grego, bassoon
David Howard, clarinet
Matthew Howard, principal percussion
Ingrid Runde Hutman, viola
David Allen Moore, bass
Jeffrey Reynolds, bass trombone
Peter Rofe, bass
Brent Samuel, cello
Barry Socher, violin (retired)
Lawrence Sonderling, violin (retired)
Dennis Trembly, principal bass
Bing Wang, associate concertmaster

LOUISIANA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Jack Pena, principal bassoon

MACAO ORCHESTRA (China)
Christian Goldsmith, principal trombone
Lu Ya, violin

MANCHESTER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Andrew Tang, viola

METROPOLITAN OPERA
Kari-Jane Docter, cello

MILWAUKEE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Ilana Setapen, associate concertmaster
Benjamin Adler, assistant principal clarinet

MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA
Gregory Milliren, associate principal flute

NASHVILLE SYMPHONY
James Zimmermann, principal clarinet
Patrick Kunkee, co-principal trumpet

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Paul DeNola, bass

NEW YORK CITY OPERA
Montgomery Hatch, percussion

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Michelle Kim, assistant concertmaster
Roger Nye, bassoon
Cynthia Phelps, principal viola
Sheryl Staples, associate concertmaster

OREGON SYMPHONY
Silu Fei, viola

PACIFIC SYMPHONY
Rose Corrigan, principal bassoon
Maia Jasper, violin
Marisa Sorajja, violin

PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA
Brook Speltz, cello

PHOENIX SYMPHONY
Viviana Cumplido, principal flute

SAN ANTONIO SYMPHONY
Marisa Bushman, viola
Martha Long, principal flute

SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY
Benjamin Jaber, principal horn
Rose Lombardo, principal flute
Julia Pautz, violin
Yao Zhao, principal cello

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY
Yun Chu, violin
Yun-Jie Liu, associate principal viola
Brian Marcus, bass
Bruce Roberts, horn
Daniel G. Smith, associate principal double bass

SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY
Nigel Armstrong, concertmaster

SEATTLE SYMPHONY
Sayaka Kokubo, viola

SINGAPORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Yu Ling Duan, violin

ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY
Anna Spina, horn

TORONTO SYMPHONY
Theodore Chan, bass

TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Gabrielle Castriotta, oboe
Laura Odegaard-Stoutenborough,
…. principal clarinet
Conrad Jones, principal trumpet

U.S. AIR FORCE
Christine Lightner, cello

VANCOUVER SYMPHONY
Ryan Zwahlen, principal oboe

VIRGINIA SYMPHONY
Gabriel Campos Zamora, principal clarinet

Alumni News:

Recent Accomplishments by AYS Alumni include:

EDUCATION:

Annie Hyung, Cello (2016-18):
Accepted into undergraduate program at Northwestern University

Joseph Mora, Principal Tuba (2015-18):
Accepted into Masters program at
Northwestern University

Julian Seney, Viola (2016-18):
Accepted into undergraduate program at
New England Conservatory

Joseph Mora

ORCHESTRA POSITIONS:

Seth Biagini, a member of the AYS cello section from 2009-2011, has joined the Oregon Symphony.

Makena Clark, Violin (2017/18):
Section violinist with Reno Philharmonic

Dana Jackson, AYS principal bassoon during the 2012/13 season, has joined the Seattle Symphony as the 3rd Bassoon/ Contrabassoon. She was also appointed Adjunct Instructor at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

Conrad Jones, an AYS alumnus from the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons, has recently been appointed principal trumpet of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He has also joined the trumpet faculty of DePauw University in Indiana. 

Taylor Marino, AYS principal clarinet during the 2015/16 season, has won the same position with Charlotte Symphony.

Philip Marten, Concertmaster (2015/16):
Assistant Concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Carrie Rexroat, Horn (2013-15):
2nd Horn with Symphony Tacoma

Stephen Tavani, Co-Concertmaster (2011-2014):
Assistant Concertmaster of Cleveland Orchestra

Dana Jackson

COMPETITIONS:

Sergio Coehlo, Principal Clarinet (2015-present):
Runner up in the Classics Alive Young Artists Auditions, and finalist in the 2018 Hennings-Fischer Young Artists Competition.

Dong Nyouk Sunrise Kim, AYS principal cello (2015-present): won second prize in the strings division of the Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition. 

Coleman Itzkoff, Principal Cello (2014-2017): Won Division A of the Classics Alive Young Artists Auditions

Geneva Lewis, who played in the AYS first violin section during the 2014/15 Season, was a finalist in the 2018 International Naumberg Violin Competition in New York City.

Grace Park was named first prizewinner of the International Naumburg Violin Competition in November 2018

Connor Rowe, currently a sub in the AYS trombone section, has just been named the winner of the 2019 Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition. He is one of only 11 musicians nation-wide to earn this distinction. 

Geneva Lewis
Coleman Iztkoff

SOLO ENGAGEMENTS AND MORE:

Garrett McQueen, Principal Bassoon (2011-12):
On-air host for Classical 24, nationally-syndicated radio program produced by American Public Media and Public Radio International

Simone Porter, Violin (2011-13):
Upcoming and recent soloist engagements with: LA Phil, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional De Costa Rica

Congratulations to these talented members and alumni! We love seeing our musicians succeed. If you have news about an AYS musician, email ays@aysymphonyorg, and we'll be happy to share your announcement with our community. ​