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The Asia America Symphony Association is dedicated to developing and mentoring young musicians by providing educational and performing opportunities in a professional environment featuring classical and jazz concerts and integrating Eastern and Western influences.

The ASIA AMERICA SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION (AASA) originally started in 1961, sponsoring an orchestra under the direction of Dr. Akira Kikukawa, who served as its conductor for three decades. In 1991, under the direction of former Los Angeles Philharmonic violist and assistant conductor Heiichiro Ohyama, it became a fully professional orchestra and was renamed the Japan America Symphony Orchestra. To better reflect the diversity of Los Angeles’ growing Asian population, it was renamed the Asia America Symphony Orchestra in 1995.

Renowned pianist and composer David Benoit was appointed Music Director and Conductor in 2001, and in the same year he formed the Asia America Youth Orchestra to provide young musicians up to age 18 with an innovative training program to develop their talents and prepare for multi-faceted careers as orchestra musicians. In 2013, the mission and strategy of the organization changed to emphasize the youth orchestra rather than the professional orchestra. The two orchestras were merged into the Asia America Youth Symphony.

The goal of AASA is to provide a unique opportunity for young musicians to learn and perform in a professional environment. We provide mentoring to the youth by exposing them to professional musicians and allowing them to perform in major venues and with well-known professional artists.

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Asia America Symphony Association (AASA) – Notes Bring Hope Provides Ukuleles and Lessons for Visually Impaired

Notes Bring Hope - children from Partners for Pediatric Vision

TORRANCE, Calif., Sept. 12, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Notes Bring Hope, a charitable arm of the Asia America Symphony (AASA), hosted its inaugural event on August 3rd at Torrance Airport – Zamperini Field Meeting Room. Volunteers of Notes Bring Hope shared their love of music with children from Partners for Pediatric Vision.

Asia America Symphony Association Announces Name Change from Asia America Youth Symphony to ‘Pacific Vision Youth Symphony’

Pacific Vision Youth Symphony

ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, Calif., Aug. 21, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Asia America Symphony Association announces a new name for their multi-talented youth orchestra to the Pacific Vision Youth Symphony (PVYS). The name change reflects the organization’s grass roots (originally founded as the Japan America Symphony Orchestra) and ever-growing diversity among its members.

Asia America Symphony and Guild Honors: Roland Corporation, Helen Ota and Gail Gerding Mellert on June 16, 2019

The Asia America Symphony Association

ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, Calif., June 12, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Asia America Symphony Association (AASA) and Guild will hold their annual Bravo Awards gala recognizing the Roland Corporation, Helen Ota and Gail Gerding Mellert for their contributions to AASA and the community. Master of Ceremonies is David Ono, KABC 7 News Anchor.

One Night Only: Oleta Adams and David Benoit Benefit Concert

Oleta Adams and David Benoit

TORRANCE, Calif., May 7, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Asia America Symphony Association (AASA) presents a Benefit Concert for youth in arts featuring internationally acclaimed vocalist, Oleta Adams on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Oleta will be joined by Music Director, Pianist and Conductor, David Benoit, and members of the Asia America Youth Symphony Orchestra (AAYS).

Music and Art Come to Life! Asia America Symphony Association and Ryman Arts Present ‘Music On Canvas’ Performed to Gershwin’s ‘An American In Paris’

An American in Paris concert

TORRANCE, Calif., April 16, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The ASIA AMERICA YOUTH SYMPHONY (AAYS) will premiere its first ever, “Music On Canvas.” DAVID BENOIT, Music Director and Conductor, will lead the prestigious AAYS in a performance of Gershwin’s classic “An American In Paris” while young artists from RYMAN ARTS create inspired artworks live on stage to the music.

David Benoit Conducts Film Scores ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ ‘Whiplash,’ Jazz and Classical Great Works with Asia America Youth Symphony

Asia America Symphony Youth Concert

TORRANCE, Calif., April 13, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Grammy-nominated DAVID BENOIT will lead the prestigious ASIA AMERICA YOUTH SYMPHONY through a varied program featuring music from “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Whiplash,” and works by Tchaikovsky, Bizet and original works by Benoit himself, 8 p.m., Friday, April 20, 2018 at the James R. Armstrong Theater.