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.
The Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony (AYWS) aspires to enhance the lives of its members and those in the Atlanta community by promoting musical excellence, cultivating a lifelong appreciation for music, and collectively serving as a cultural ambassador and advocate throughout the United States and the world. By challenging and nurturing its members musically, socially, and intellectually, the AYWS seeks to foster the development of sophisticated musical skills and strong values among its members in an artistic, non-competitive, and inclusive environment.
The AYWS values and celebrates the individuality and beauty of each of its members, embracing a wide diversity of gender identity and expression; race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith background/religious affiliation, abilities and disabilities, and socioeconomic status. Creative expression and innovation are possible only when artists bring their true, whole, authentic selves to the stage.