LAYO Receives 500K Gift from the
Anna and Harry Borun Foundation for renamed
Ruth Borun Concert Orchestra.

The Los Angeles Youth Orchestra has received a $500,000 gift from the Anna and Harry Borun Foundation. The gift, the largest received in the institution’s history, will be used to rename LAYO’s Concert Orchestra, the intermediate level ensemble, as the Ruth Borun Concert Orchestra.

The renaming of the orchestra is to honor the memory of Ruth, a significant patron, friend, and believer in the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra since its inception. Ruth and her husband, Dr. Raymond Borun, became the first principal donors of LAYO shortly after the orchestra began in 2000. While attending both rehearsals and concerts, Ruth was delighted to witness young people learning about civic responsibility, self discipline, and civility. Ruth became very enthusiastic about LAYO, developing a deep friendship and working closely with LAYO Artistic Director and Founder, Russell Steinberg.

“Ruth is the unsung hero of Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, and I will always be deeply appreciative of her invaluable advice, emotional support and unwavering friendship,” said Steinberg. “It was Ruth who taught me that our orchestra has a higher purpose than instilling a passion for classical music – that providing access to an affordable, quality music program is the perfect antidote to the coarsening of society. This became the DNA of LAYO, crystallized into our slogan ‘the future of culture.’”

LAYO Spring 2019 Concerts
Sunday, April 14 at 4:00pm, UCLA Schoenberg Hall
Monday, April 15 at 7:30pm, Ambassador Auditorium

Featuring works by Brahms, Haydn, Albeniz and Gounod, as well as the world premiere of Russell Steinberg’s Cosmic Dust 2, LAYO presents the spring concerts on Sunday, April 14 at 4:00pm at UCLA Schoenberg Hall and Monday, April 15 at 7:30pm at Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena.

The Ruth Borun Concert Orchestra will perform the first movement of Haydn’s Symphony No. 99, Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, Gounod’s Funeral March for a Marionette and Albeniz’s Granada and Sevilla. The Symphony Orchestra continues its exploration of Brahms with a performance of his final Symphony No. 4 and Steinberg’s Cosmic Dust 2. 

Ticket Information

Advance tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children (18 and under) and can be reserved in advance beginning March 24 at

Tickets can also be purchased at rehearsals at the Encino Community Center on March 31 and April 7 from 1:45 to 2:45pm and 4:30 to 5:30pm.

Tickets purchased at the concerts are $25 for adults and $5 for children.


Contemporary Adventure Ensemble (CAE)
Debuts this May!

LAYO’s new advanced ensemble, the Contemporary Adventure Ensemble (CAE), combines musicians from three distinct communities: current advanced LAYO students, LAYO alums, and professional musicians to perform both chamber music and chamber orchestra music in professional concerts, salons, and charity events.

This season, LAYO has partnered with Brightwork newmusic for CAE’s debut performance on Thursday, May 30 at 7:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica. The ensemble will be performing Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Russell Steinberg’s Rucksack as well as works by Shostakovich and Villa Lobos. Tickets are $25 and available at eventbrite.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
Here we come!

LAYO will be performing at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday, June 19 at 7:30pm as part of the West Coast Youth Orchestra Festival. Mark your calendar for this performance in one of the world’s greatest concert halls! Tickets are free and will be available in April. Stay tuned for more info to come.

LAYO's New Website!

LAYO recently launched a brand new website with plenty of fantastic concert video footage, audio recordings, information about auditions, concerts and more! Click on the image and explore or visit

Special thanks to web designer Alice Dutton for making this a reality!

LAYO Spring 2019 Salon and
Silent Auction

Join us for this fundraiser to benefit the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra on Saturday, May 4 from 6:00 to 9:00pm in Encino. This intimate house concert features performances of Villa Lobos, Shostakovich and more by members of the Contemporary Adventure Ensemble (CAE), as well as light bites and wine. Silent auction items include classes at BoxUnion, Mother’s Day packages and gift certificates to local restaurants, spas and much more. Tickets are $75 per person and available at eventbrite