Professor Wachs with the Chapman Chamber Orchestra.

Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra
(OCYSO), led by Daniel Alfred Wachs, assistant professor of music and music director and conductor of the Chapman University Chamber Orchestra, has been named a winner of the American Prize.  The American Prize, founded in 2009, is an annual competition providing regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and soloists at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels. Professor Wachs was nominated twice for the Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Programming, for his programming for the Chapman Chamber Orchestra and also for his programming for OCYSO, which is affiliated with Chapman.  For more information on the American Prize visit