Symphony Guild Installs New Officers

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Young musicians are awarded the Kay Sakaguchi Youth Scholarships.

Young musicians are awarded the Kay Sakaguchi Youth Scholarships.

TORRANCE — Lissa Malone and Susan Toy Stern were recently installed as co-presidents of the Asia America Symphony Guild at the Depot Restaurant in Torrance.

Outgoing President Val Noguchi was praised for her continued dedication and leadership of the AASG.

Co-presidents Susan Stern (left) and Lissa Malone.

Co-presidents Susan Stern (left) and Lissa Malone.

The AASG’s purpose is to support the Asia America Symphony Association and its programs. The guild not only provides hands-on support to the AASA Bravo Awards and the Annual AASA Golf Tournament, but also monetary Youth Scholarships and camaraderie among its membership.

In 2014, the guild awarded Kay Sakaguchi Youth Scholarships of $500 to Nick Expeleta, Colton Russell and Eileen Kim as well $1,750 in Composition for Orchestra Competition awards to Ryan Daar, Molly Srour and Brain Ho.

AASG also announced that the D.K. Kim Foundation awarded $22,000 to four deserving high school seniors who will be majoring in music during college. Youth Symphony members, under the direction of music director, founder and conductor David Benoit, are given many opportunities to experience and expand their musical talents.

The next Asia America Youth Symphony Concert will be on Saturday, May 23, at the Norris Theatre in Rolling Hills Estates, and on Saturday, May 30, the Asia America Symphony Association concert will feature Grammy Award-winning guest guitarist Earl Klugh with Benoit and the Asia America Youth Symphony at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center at CSU Long Beach.

For any information regarding scholarships and concerts, contact Executive Director Darryl Tanikawa at the AASA office, (310) 377-8977 or [email protected], or visit the website at www.AASymphony.org.

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