David Benoit, Founder, Music Director and Conductor
Joe Marino, Assistant Conductor
Providing opportunities for young musicians of all cultures, races & backgrounds to play in a professional-level ensemble, the Asia America Youth Symphony (AAYS, formerly Asia America Youth Orchestra) was founded in 2001 by Music Director and Conductor, David Benoit. In performing a wide array of musical repertoire, students are challenged to master diverse musical styles ranging from classical to jazz and film scores. In addition, students are encouraged to compose their own original composition for the orchestra. Eligibility extends to music students age 18 and under who play any orchestral instrument with reasonable proficiency and who are interested in classical and jazz music.
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