AYO envisions a community where music education and performance are valued and shared.
AYO develops its programs around four core values:
AYO inspires young musicians as individuals and as a group to strive for and experience musical excellence.
AYO inspires young musicians and audiences through superior musical performances.
AYO inspires young musicians to lifelong participation in and support of the arts in Alaska and beyond.
Through its teaching, musical performance and leadership among youth arts groups, AYS fosters lifelong appreciation among its members for the rewards of responsibility, commitment, self-confidence, discipline and teamwork.
Anchorage Youth Symphony Conductor:
Anchorage Youth Philharmonic Conductor:
Board of Directors:
President: Tanguy Libbrecht
Vice President: Sandi Lowther
Treasurer: Kim Morris
Jay Van Alstine
Emeritus: Bob Amos
The mission of the Alaska Youth Orchestras (AYO) is to build musicianship, inspire our youth to love music, offer enriching opportunities for music performance, and create a musical legacy that will sustain arts throughout the lives of our members and our communities.
Music Director/Alaska Youth Symphony Conductor
Born and raised in Alaska, Linn Weeda received his Master’s degree at Boston University. While at B.U., he studied trumpet with Armando Ghitalla and Roger Voisin, won the concerto competition and was student of the year. Further studies after his Master’s were with Julio Tancredi in trumpet, Larry Scripp in solfege, Charles Bruck in conducting at the Pierre Monteux School for Advanced Conductors, and with Gunther Schuller in conducting at the Schweitzer Institute. He has also studied with the principal trumpeters of the Atlanta, London, Los Angeles, and Rotterdam Orchestras.
Weeda’s professional career has been quite varied. As a freelancer in Boston for many years, he was a member of a variety of orchestras on the East Coast and has been heard nationally on National Public Radio performing with the Smithsonian Chamber players on baroque trumpet. In addition, Linn has given recitals and performed concerts in a variety of venues in New England, Mississippi, and Alaska. He has performed as a soloist with the Arctic Chamber Orchestra on tour in Alaska and China, and with the Anchorage Festival of Music. Other performances include appearances with the Suwon Philharmonic in Korea, the UAA Wind Ensemble and recitals in New York.
As a conductor, Linn has led orchestras on tour to a variety of locations in the Unted States as well as Australia, New Zealand, and Germany. He has been music director of the Fairbanks Youth Symphony and the Tupelo (Mississippi) Community Orchestra (which he founded). He was active in New England as a conductor of a variety of ensembles, and was staff conductor of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony. He has guest conducted a variety of orchestras, including the Fairbanks (Alaska) and Anchorage Symphonies. His work as a conductor in the theater includes performances of the Lloyd-Webber musicals "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Evita." He's conducted the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra in the Annual Halloween concert and Young People’s Concerts and has worked with the Anchorage Festival of Music.
Alaska Youth Philharmonic Conductor
Mr. Tevya Robbins in 2005 received two Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Political Science from Humboldt State University. During his time at Humboldt State University he served as president of the Collegiate Music Education Association. Mr. Robbins went on to teach at Eagle Point High School in southern Oregon from 2006 until 2009. In 2013 Tevya Robbins earned a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from Portland State University. Between 2009 and 2013 Tevya Robbins has had opportunities to conduct the Beaverton Community Band, the Portland State University Concert Band, and the Portland State University Wind Ensemble. Mr. Robbins is currently the Band Director at East Anchorage High School. He was elected as president of the Alaska Band Directors Association in 2016 for a two-year term. Mr. Tevya Robbins is the current conductor of the Anchorage Youth Philharmonic and has been since 2014. He has a love of music, and a love of being involved in the education and development of young individuals. Mr. Robbins has dedicated his time and life to the betterment of the next generation.