American Youth Symphony

The American Youth Symphony trains gifted young musicians for professional careers in symphony orchestras; to make music available to all segments of the community through admission-free concerts; and to foster music appreciation and provide instruments to children attending underserved public schools through music outreach. Players are exposed to a wide repertoire and varied styles of music, from classical masterworks to world premieres and innovative film scores. In recent years, guest artists included Sarah Chang, Johannes Moser, John Williams, David Newman, Alan Silvestri, Charles Fox and Lera Auerbach. With its sophisticated programming and free concerts at Royce Hall, the American Youth Symphony fosters curiosity, aspires to artistic excellence and strives to attract and engage the diverse communities of Los Angeles. No one is to be excluded on the basis of ability to pay.

Organization: American Youth Symphony

Number of students served: 100

Ages / grade levels: 15–27

Tuition: Free – admission based on audition, merit

Subjects taught: Pre-professional orchestral performance—includes unique performance opportunities, mentoring, and collaborations with world-class artists and composers.

Number of teachers: Music director Alexander Treger (and a series of guest artists throughout the year)

Total budget:

Year founded: 1964

Phone number: 310.470.2332

Address: 3424 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 830, Los Angeles 90010


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American Youth Symphony / Alexander Treger From the Rehearsal Room to the Stage from Philip Holahan on Vimeo.