Andy Radford was born and educated in California.  Since 1980, he has kept two musical lives, one as a professional bassoonist and the other as a music educator.  He has performed with virtually every orchestra in Southern California and on hundred of movie scores, including Ratatouille, The Incredibles, Forrest Gump, Up, Super 8, and Star Trek into Darkness. He has performed on many classical, pop and country CD's. For the last 15 years, Radford has played Principal Bassoon with the Santa Barbara Symphony.  Andy has held teaching positions at CSUF and Occidental College and currently is bassoon professor at UCSB, Westmont College and The Thacher School.  He is Music Director of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony and Education Coordinator for the Ojai Music Festival.  
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Amy Hagen was raised in Ventura County.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree in violin performance.  Ms.Hagen has been a member of the Santa Barbara Symphony for twenty years and freelances with many other local musical organizations.  She ha​s held teaching positions at Ventura College, Santa Barbara City College, and the Waldorf School in Santa Barbara and is currently the Music Director of the String Ensembles at The Thacher School and teaches violin at the Besant Hill School and Ojai Valley School.  She created the Got Strings? Program for the Ojai Unified School District, which has provided free instruments and lessons to hundreds of Ojai students.  Amy and her husband moved to Ojai in 2000 and founded the Ojai Youth Symphony in 2001. 

Dan Adams, Director

Our Mission

Ojai Youth Symphony

Amy Hagen and Andy Radford, Music Directors

About Us - The Music Directors

The Ojai Youth Symphony is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  (TAX ID #76-0707136) 

The Ojai Youth Symphony is dedicated to the musical education of talented young people.  The goal of the Ojai Youth Symphony is to provide an opportunity for students to receive orchestral and chamber music training and an enhanced appreciation of classical music.

The Ojai Youth Symphony includes over 100 students in three different ensembles, with an age range from 6 to 18.  Our members come from throughout Ventura County and include a diverse demographic of students from private schools, public school and homeschools.

The Ojai Youth Symphony and Chamber Music ensembles rehearses every Monday evening throughout the school year and performs at least three regular concerts each season.

The true mission of the Ojai Youth Symphony is to instill and nurture a love of orchestral music in each of its members; an understanding and appreciation of classical music that will continue to grow throughout their lives.

All Donations Are TAX Deductible.