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Noteworthy Alumni

Since 1952, a significant number of CYS alumni have graduated from our orchestra or other CYS programs and have joined the finest orchestras in the nation. Others enjoy successful careers in performing arts administration or on the faculties of distinguished schools. Their success speaks to the impact of our training program. Tracking our alumni is a work in progress. Please keep us informed by sending us a message - we value your updates!

"My 6 years in CYS were extremely influential in my career. I traveled the world, learned how to be a strong orchestral musician, and made many life long friends. I can honestly say that without CYS and Maestro Eylar I would not be where I am today." ~ Katie Buckley, harpist

ICELAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Katie Buckley, principal harpist

MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS
Mieko N. Hatano, Interim Executive Director

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Ankush Kumar Bahl, Assistant Conductor

OPERA SAN JOSE
Virginia Smedberg, violin

ORQUESTA CIUDAD GRANADA (CITY OF GRANADA ORCHESTRA, Spain)
Kathleen Balfe, principal cellist

PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA
Michelle (Millard) Burr, principal bass *

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA
Lawrence Ragent, horn

SYMPHONY SILICON VALLEY
Wendell Rider, horn

"THE PRESIDENT'S OWN" U.S. MARINE BAND
Courtney Morton, piccolo


Other Performing, Teaching, and Administrative Careers

ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SCHOOL
Audrey Kwong, Director of Operations

BOISE PHILHARMONIC YOUTH ORCHESTRA
Deanna Tham, Music Director

BOSTON CONSERVATORY
Brian Calhoon, Director of Admissions

CALIFORNIA YOUTH SYMPHONY
Carmina Chua, Orchestra Manager


* Former Member/Position 

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