The American Youth Symphony's mission is to inspire the future of classical music by providing landmark fellowships to virtuosic young adults and exceptional, innovative, and free concerts to the Los Angeles community. Competitively selected, our orchestra is comprised of 100 musicians who represent extraordinary talent from all over the world.

2310 Rosecrans Ave #2160 El Segundo, CA 90245




The American Youth Symphony’s concert season runs from September through May and job requirements will be devoted to planning, preparation, and marketing. The primary goal of the Programs Intern will be to write program notes for each of the pieces to be played during the 2020/21 concert season. AYS is committed to building audiences that will support the future of classical music. In order to achieve this mission, AYS is dedicated to fostering a new and growing community of listeners, by using language that is accessible to a wider range of audiences. In this spirit, program notes are written to make this great music relatable to those who may be experiencing classical music for the first time. Program notes should also include information that is interesting to patrons already well-versed in classical music. The Programs Intern will be tasked with researching all the works on the 2020/21 program and writing notes that provide background on the composers and a deeper understanding of the musicality of the pieces, by inviting the novice listener to recognize highlights and nuances within the music. Additionally, this intern will assist with Alumni research and outreach, cataloging AYS musicians of past seasons and updating our Alumni database. The intern will also assist the Director of Orchestra Operations with audition recruitment. Upon completion of this internship, the Programs Intern will have gained valuable experience in the field of music library management, in addition to completing a significant portfolio of program notes, all of which will be published in our 2020/21 program books. The intern will be supervised by the Director of Orchestra Operations, Isabel Thiroux. This internship will be 15-40 hours per week depending on the interns' availability and will be fully remote for the duration of the year 2020. The internship may become partially remote in 2021 if health guidelines allow.


The Programs Intern must be a skilled and confident writer and researcher with a strong music background (music major preferred), a desire to serve the community, and the ability to take direction and work independently. Must be experienced with the Microsoft Office Suite.

How to Apply

To apply, please email your resume, cover letter, and 2 writing samples (essays, articles, orletters) to with the subject line "Programs Intern."