The Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony (AYWS) was founded in 1988 as the premier honor wind ensemble for high school youth in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Its purpose is to provide a positive musical experience in an artistic environment for advanced instrumentalists in wind and percussion performance.

The AYWS rehearses and performs grade five and six (collegiate and professional) original wind band literature composed over a wide span of stylistic compositional periods. As an ensemble, it is one of the most visible ambassadors of culture and youth performance for Atlanta and the state of Georgia.


Join the music

As the premier youth wind ensemble in the Atlanta metropolitan area, the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony provides positive and transformative musical experiences for talented high school musicians through high-quality instruction and exceptional music-making opportunities.

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Auditions for the 2019-20 season are now open. Click below for information, instructions, and to register for a time slot.


Concert at the Fox

The final concert of the AYWS' 30th anniversary season on May 19, 2019 featured a superb program featuring music by Christopher Theofanidis, performed in the Egyptian Ballroom of the Fox Theatre.

Funding for this program provided by:


A Night in Hollywood

The AYWS hosted their 30th Anniversary Gala on May 18th, 2019. Thank you to all who attended for your enduring support.

All proceeds from the event went to the AYWS Foundation, a non-profit that exists to support our student musicians.


Take Action

Have some extra time and want to become involved? We're always looking for helping hands!