Asia America Symphony Guild
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The Asia America Symphony Guild is a support group of the Asia America Symphony Association. The Guild originated about 30 years as a Mothers’ Club for the Japanese Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra and was later organized as the Ladies Auxiliary of the Japanese Philharmonic Orchestra of Los Angeles to assist its founder, Dr. Akira Kikukawa, who served as conductor for three decades. The 40-member auxiliary assisted the Orchestra until the passing of Dr. Kikukawa in 1989.
In March 1992, Yukiyasu Togo, President of the newly formed Japan America Symphony Association, made a request to reactivate the support group to assist Music Director, Heiichiro Ohyama and the Japan America Symphony Orchestra. With the assistance of Executive Director, Amy Iwano, seven founders – Sakaye Aratani, Vickie Iwata, Lily Miyata, Misako Togo, Sandra Tokita, Ruth Watanabe and Akiko Yamashita met to reorganize the group. In May 1992 Lily Miyata was elected president of the Japan America Symphony Guild of Los Angeles, and the Guild had its first official meeting on July 8, 1992.
The Asia America Symphony Guild continues to assist with concerts, rehearsals, fundraisers, youth concerts, youth activities and community events and is an integral part of AASA. In addition, Guild fundraisers are held annually in support of AASA.