Director of Orchestra Operations
Isabel Thiroux has been with the American Youth Symphony since she first joined the viola section in 2001. After seven years in the orchestra, she “graduated” to working in the office, becoming Orchestra Manager in 2010 and Director of Orchestra Operations in 2015.
Ms. Thiroux studied viola at CSU, Long Beach with LA Philharmonic violist John Hayhurst and maintains an active career as a freelance violist performing regularly around the Los Angeles area.
Manager of Community Engagement
Mandy Brockhaus is a Northern-California native, who has since found a home in Los Angeles for the past ten years. As an experienced nonprofit leader, she has developed and led community engagement initiatives at the Arts Council for Long Beach, The Broad Stage, and currently American Youth Symphony. She has produced a variety of community events from classical concerts to festivals and interactive workshops to virtual arts experiences. With a passion for developing accessible pathways to arts careers, she serves as Peer Group Leader for Los Angeles County’s Arts Internship Program. Mandy is also a skilled facilitator and has spoken at numerous events and workshops that offer professional development in career-readiness, arts integration, and social emotional learning. Mandy is a graduate from Loyola Marymount University and holds two Bachelor Degrees in Dance and History. In 2017 Mandy completed Arts for LA’s arts advocacy program, ACTIVATE, and in 2019 received her Social Emotional Learning Facilitator certificate from UCLArts & Healing.