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Albuquerque Youth Symphony (AYS)

The Albuquerque Youth Symphony is the premier orchestra of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program.

Gabriel Gordon was hired to conduct our top orchestra following a national search in 2007. Originally from New York City, Gabriel Gordon made his professional conducting debut with the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea in 1998, and soon formed the Chamber Orchestra at Tower Hill with players from the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New Jersey Symphony. He recently was selected as a member of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, and is a finalist for the concertmaster position with the Santa Fe Symphony. He has studied with some of the great luminaries of conducting including Kenneth Kiesler, Gustav Meier, Harold Farberman, David Gilbert, and Jonathan Strasser.

Each year this high school group goes on a concert tour out-of-state, with some years' tours being out of the country. The AYS has previously performed in England, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Austria, Spain, Mexico, Canada & the Czech Republic in addition to Arizona, Nevada, California, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, Kansas, Maryland & New York and especially 26 communities in New Mexico. For the 2005-2006 season, the AYS toured and performed in Brazil. In 2007, the AYS gave a concerts in Tucson and Flagstaff, AZ. In 2008, the AYS toured the Chicago area, and gave two concerts. In 2009, the AYS travelled to Australia and performed in the Sydney Opera House In 2010, concerts were given on the tour to Colorado Springs and Denver. In 2011, the AYS traveled to Philadelphia. In 2012, the AYS went to Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic and gave concerts in the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Esterhazy Palace, in the Medieval village of Wels, and in Bad Fussing, Germany. In 2013, the AYS and AYO traveled together to Flagstaff, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada. In June of 2014, the AYS will travel to New York City and perform in Carnegie Hall.

AYS alumni perform all over the world in professional and amateur performing groups in addition to earning a living at many other professions. Notable AYS alumni include; Mike Judge (1980 Trombone) -actor/producer/writer (Beavis & Butthead, King of the Hill), Janet Napolitano (1975 Clarinet)- Cabinet Secretary of Homeland Security, & Bobby Shew (1959 Trumpet) - Jazz Trumpeteer.

Past conductors of the AYS since its 1955 inception are; Kurt Frederick (deceased), Ted Rush, William Gabbert, Jane Aten, Jay Harris, James Bonnell, Dale Kempter, and Amir Kats.

Listen to AYS performing the 1st movement of Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E Minor (on February 5, 2006), or download the entire movement (4.2 MB).

AYS usually rehearses from 6:30 to 9:15 on Monday nights at the AYS Program Facility (4407 Menaul NE)