Recent News



AYWS Alum Makes ESPN Debut

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Jonathan Craig, AYWS alumnus and music composition major at Duquesne University, had his arrangement of the Star-Spangled Banner performed at the start of the Pittsburgh Steelers/Minnesota Vikings game on Sunday, September 17, on ESPN. The national anthem was performed by the brass section of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Bravo, Jonathan!



2016-17 CDs Now Available

Want to relive the greatest moments from the AYWS' 2016-17 season?
The live recording from last year's concerts are now available. CDs are $25 and shipping is free.



AYWS percussionist Sebastian Moneyron selected for 2018
U.S. Army All-American Marching Band


Congratulations to AYWS percussionist Sebastian Moneyron who was selected as a member of the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band on mallets.  He will receive an all-expenses paid trip to San Antonio, Texas, in January, where he will perform the half-time program for the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Sebastian is a senior at Milton High School where he participates in the wind ensemble, marching band, indoor drumline.  He is a marimba specialist and hopes to continue percussion in college.  He attended the Indiana University Summer Music Clinic this past June, along with a number of AYWS students and Dr. Stewart, who serves on the faculty.



May 2017 Pre-Concert Reception

Join us at 5Church Atlanta, one of Midtown's hottest new restaurants, for our annual pre-concert reception and fundraiser! Mingle with Dr. Stewart, enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres, and celebrate the end of the AWYS' successful 2016-17 season.

Tickets are $27 in advance ($32 at the door) and all proceeds will support the AYWS Foundation. Space is limited! RSVP Now>>

Complimentary valet parking is available at the restaurant, and attendees may leave their cars there during the AYWS concert at Atlanta Symphony Hall, which is just a five-minute walk from the restaurant. Self-parking is also available at Colony Square and the Woodruff Arts Center.



AYWS to Play in Miami on Saturday, June 3, 2017

This summer, the AYWS takes a trip to Miami, Florida, to present a concert at the New World Center, home of the New World Symphony. Alumni and supporters in South Florida: make plans to join us for the performance!



J. Peter Burkholder Joins AYWS for All-Ives Concert

American musicologist J. Peter Burkholder joined the AYWS in December for its celebration of famed American composer Charles Ives. His visit also included a WABE 90.1 FM interview with Dr. Stewart and "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes.



2016 Halloween Costume Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Halloween costume contest! Awards went to:

  • Catherine Willingham — Scariest Costume
  • Saffy Bashey — Most Musical Costume
  • Alex Aull — Most Original Costume

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AYWS Members Perform on National Stage

Congrats to Thomas Berar (trumpet), Nick Tewell (bass clarinet), and Leslie Sullivan (contrabass clarinet), who recently participated in the National Association of Music Educators All-National Honor Ensembles Concert Band. Bravo!

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Check out City Lights with Lois Reitzes featuring Dr. Stewart!

Listen to WABE 90.1 weekdays 11am-12noon with Lois Reitzes. Dr. Stewart appears weekly doing film music reviews, "listen and learns," and discussing interesting local music content. All shows are archived here.



Give Now to Help the AYWS Get a New Set of Timpani

We're drumming up success to help the AYWS maintain its status as a nationally recognized ensemble by supporting the purchase of a new set of timpani - valued at $30,000! Access to high quality instruments allows talented young musicians to further develop their skills while advancing the artistic excellence of this phenomenal group.

Thank you for supporting the AYWS!