Annual Spring Concert
Sunday, April 28, 7:00 pm
Lewis & Clark Community College
What is the Alton Youth Symphony?
The Alton Youth Symphony was founded in 1969 and has grown to include as many as 90 members. Thanks to generous donations from parents, community members and businesses, the orchestra is the only youth orchestra in the region that
does not charge a membership fee for students and offers scholarships for
private lessons and music camps to deserving members. The Youth Symphony was formed to further the musical opportunities for youth in the greater Alton area. Its members are young musicians in grades 6-8 that play string, wind and percussion instruments in a full symphony orchestrasetting. Each year the symphony performs two public concerts free of charge and performs on tour every spring at area schools.
AYS is governed by a fifteen member volunteer board of directors comprised of interested citizens from the community. The board includes active and retired music educators, parents of students and members of the business community. AYS employs a part-time orchestra manager in addition to the music director. Through a partnership with Lewis Clark Community College in Godfrey, AYS rehearses at the Ringhausen Music Facility on the
campus of LCCC in exchange for providing opportunities for the college students to guest conduct and participate in coaching of our young musicians.